Category: columbia

Going to El Burrito Before We Couldn’t

As reported in the Free Times this week, the beloved Five Points institution El Burrito is rolling up soon due to the entire block its on being bought up by big Hollywood money. Its last day will be April 24. Known for inexpensive eats, quick eats, and tasty eats all at the same time, the burrito place is loved by college students, soccer parents, and nearby residents. I had never been, for no particular reason really, and neither had Patrick, so we rode down there to see what we had been and will be missing. The set up is...

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Rooftop Pizza Brings Detroit Style Pizza to Columbia

Just in case anyone wants to deposit money into my account, I bank with Carolina Collegiate. Their main/only location that actually houses (useful) humans is on Rosewood Drive so a few months back when I was doing some bank related activities, I noticed a sign at the old Moe’s Grapevine advertising a Rooftop Pizza Pub was opening. Shortly thereafter, the Free Times reported more details on it. Then they opened in December and I finally made it there with friends right before everyone’s resolutions to eat healthier kicked in. Having never been to the Moe’s (yes, I know I...

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Palmetto Pinball Club — An Underground Aboveground Gaming Experience

To prep yourself to read this post, go ahead and click on this YouTube link and get the song going before proceeding. We’re getting some pretty cool things happening in Columbia, including a semi-secret pinball club. Patrick and I had an impromptu date night Friday that started at The Whig for some drinks and bites off of their rotating menu and ended at the pinball club, which we’d both been wanting to check out. To know when it’s open, you first have to be a member of their Facebook group and be approved by an admin. They are open fairly regularly in the evenings it seems, but the time varies depending on who is available to be there. They recommend parking in the lot behind Nonesuch since they are usually not open at the same time as the upscale store, and there is a door leading up to a staircase that’ll be propped open. It’s kind of freaky, ascending a pretty steep staircase to what seems like nowhere, but by the top you reach the top step, the pinging and clicking sounds of pinball machines start to fill the air. But wait, it still just looks like some office space, with a long white hallway going to… where? Right here, to this two room office space filled with pinball machines! This photo is of the “80s room” which includes...

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South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival To Be Held in Cayce

I previously reported on the South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival in the Free Times, but I wanted to repost the article here as well so that more people may see the information. The South Carolina Brewers Guild — originally organized in 2005 by Jaime Tenny of COAST Brewing and more recently structured with an executive committee in 2014 — has been working quietly, promoting the craft beer industry and helping to modernize laws to remove some of the red tape from operating an alcohol-related business in the state. Meanwhile they’ve been dreaming of an event to celebrate how far beer culture in South Carolina has come while also remembering the past. Finally, they’ve decided that this is the perfect time to put on a beer festival that will bring together all South Carolina breweries, brewpubs, homebrewers, potential future brewery owners and, of course, craft beer enthusiasts. The inaugural festival will take place on May 21 at the Brick Works Park at 190 Knox Abbott Drive in the City of Cayce. “All South Carolina beers and all South Carolina breweries and brewpubs are invited, whether they are Guild members or not,” says SC Brewers Guild executive director Brook Bristow. In addition to being a celebration of craft beer in the state, says Bristow, the festival seemed like the perfect time to meet with legislators to say ‘thank you,’ present them...

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Pelican’s Snoballs

Under the spring blue sky, the Midlands has been getting a little bluer itself, from Pelican’s Snoballs massive expansion all over town. The original Columbia location is on Rosewood Drive and while that’s not far at all from home and work, it was still a detour to go there. But they are popping up all over the place now. The most important one (to me, at least) is at 442 Meeting Street in West Columbia, a road I traverse two to four times a day, depending if I go home for lunch or not. So when I saw a sign...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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