what: Torta de Barbacoa
where: Santa Fe Mexican Grill, 1735 Decker Blvd., 743-0476
Located in a strip mall on Decker Boulevard near Pervical Road, Santa Fe has all the familiar fare you’d expect from a Mexican-American restaurant on its standard menu, like burritos and combination plates — but a banner hanging from the ceiling in the dining room hints at some of the more authentic offerings, like sopes, tacos and tortas. This week’s Bite is a hearty, value-priced torta of slow-cooked, pulled barbacoa beef, served on a crusty telera roll with a big spread of mayonnaise on one side (they don’t hold back) and refried beans on the other. The sandwich is topped with slices of avocado, pickled jalapeño and tomato. Check out the salsa bar for some additional toppings that go well with the rich barbacoa, like salsa verde, fresh cilantro, red onion and radish. — Jonathan Sharpe
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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!
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.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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