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Looking for recommendations. I will be staying in downtown Columbia July 12-16 and wanted to taste the local fare. What are some restaurants/foods I shouldn't miss?

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  1. I was in Columbia around the same time last year. Food is eh, especially downtown-- that area is a ghost town. Your best bet is the five points area, there's a lot of small coffee shops, bars, etc. Nothing to go crazy about though.

    John
    www.dineandcook.com

    1. I like Mr. Friendly's. Great specials.

      1. Off the top of my head, I would recommend (not necessarily in this order)
        Terra
        Motor Supply
        Hampton Street Vineyard
        Restaurante Divino

        Any particular vibe or type of food? BBQ? Cafe? College crowd? Upscale? Southern homestyle?

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        Hampton Street Vineyard
        1207 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201

        1. Pawley's Front Porch has outstanding Burgers/Sandwiches located in 5 Points. Taqueria Jalisco Mexican Restaurant is a good Mexican place.

          Pawley's Front Porch @ 827 Harden St., Columbia, SC 803 - 771 - 8001.
          http://www.pawleys5pts.com/

          Taqueria Jalisco Mexican Restaurant @ 612 Saint Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 803 - 731 - 5546.

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          Taqueria Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
          612 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29210

          1. Thanks guys.

            I'm open for anything in any price range. I'm fresh out of college doing some consulting work so I just want to experience SC.