Some good Columbia SC choices
This topic arose elsewhere; sharing my thoughts here.
In the Vista: Motor Suppy has excellent upscale food with mid-to-upper range prices. Gervais and Vine is a nice tapas bar. The Blue Marlin offers good seafood with a Southern touch. Nonnah's for desert.
In Five Points: Yesterday's is a local institution for good comfort food, casual dining. More upscale, check out Mr. Friendly's. Though I've never been, I hear Bahn Swann (sp?) serves excellent Thai.
Best kept secrets, off the regular restaurant path:
1) If you want a truly Southern meat and three lunch, try Nathan's at the corner of Hampton and Green. It's in an old pharmacy. Don't miss the stuffed potato - it's not what you think.
2) And if you are not claustrophobic, find a fun lunch experience at The No Name Deli on Elmwood near Bull Street. Always packed but the line moves quickly. They have the most incredible range of yummy choices! And I know of no other place anywhere that offers a dish of fresh mint leaves next to the iced tea pitcher.
Quick BBQ note: Little Pigs, Hudson's and Shealy's cook with wood. Palmetto Pig does not, but it is convenient to downtown.
When I was growing up, we would drive out to Shealy's almost every Friday night for dinner. I still dream about their pulley bones and I haven't eaten there in probably 15 years.
Is the German place right off of Decker Blvd. still around? I can't remember the name of it to save my life, but we used to go on Schnitzel Day and her schnitzel was the best stuff you'd ever put in your mouth. Yum!