Garibaldi Café chef Nathan Whatley, formerly of Anson (Garibaldi’s sister restaurant in Charleston), took over the kitchen at the Five Points institution late last year. The new menu he rolled out about a month ago features creative, attractively plated first courses like beef carpaccio with smoked olive oil, horseradish cream and lobster “cracklings” made from dehydrated tail meat ($13). This week’s Bite is pan-seared, farm-raised North Carolina trout, set on a romesco sauce with a summer vegetable panzanella salad with fresh silver queen corn, haricot verts, grape tomatoes and croutons dressed in a bacon vinaigrette. Manager Richard Mackey stopped by my seat at the bar to ask if I’d noticed anything new; to be honest, I was so rapt with the menu changes I didn’t notice the interior was no longer pink. (It’s gray with white trim now.) He also recommended I try a glass of Daou Vineyards Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($10), a delightfully complex, full-bodied cab.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: