Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Spring 2014

Dining, Attractions, Nightlife and Accommodations
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |

Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events

The problem with releasing Bites and Sights quarterly is that it’s hard to freeze Columbia’s restaurant scene at one point in time: Something great is always just about to open. And this spring, especially, there’s a wealth of imminent new restaurants. Here are some of the eateries planning to open within the next month:

• Bourbon, a Main Street Cajun-Creole restaurant run by Kristian Niemi of Rosso Trattoria (and erstwhile of Gervais and Vine and Mr. Friendly’s) 

• Sizzle, a bacon-centric Five Points restaurant

• A new Al-Amir location at the corner of Main and Laurel Streets, right across from City Hall

• Savalis Restaurant and Lounge, a Southern restaurant in the former Mac’s on Main location

Just in the past few months, Main Street welcomed a new location of the amazing raw vegan restaurant Good Life Café — and it features a full bar. Also, a chain restaurant called PDQ just decided to go ahead and perfect what everyone orders anyway: chicken tenders.

Don’t overlook Columbia’s longtime restaurants, either, whether it’s the meatloaf at Yesterdays or the chorizo tacos at La Estrella.

Looking for some fun springtime eating? Check out the Slow Food at Indie Grits celebration April 13. Part of the award-winning Indie Grits film festival, the event brings together local chefs and sustainable local ingredients — plus a potluck. Visit for more information.

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