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Tacos Nayarit in Northeast Columbia

May will mark a year that I’ve been working in the northeast area of Columbia. This side of town used to be as remote to me as Augusta or Myrtle Beach. But now I’m here five days a week for the grind, and am still finding tasty new places to lunch. Tacos Nayarit is one of those places I’d passed over and over and just never was in the mood to stop and try. But today I was definitely in the mood for Mexican and made plans to check it out. Nestled on Percival Road between I-77 and Decker Boulevard, Tacos Nayarit, started out as a truck, and then it became a brick and mortar location. Walking in, I wasn’t sure how it worked, but the layout is similar to a Moe’s-like restaurant. You go up to the counter and order from a selection of styles: tacos, quesadillas, and most notably, tortas, which is a Mexican sandwich. I went for a torta, which begins as a flattened sub-shaped piece of bread that gets a quick hit on the grill before being filled with rice, beans, meats or veggies, and tons of toppings. Again, it’s Moe’s-style so you can add or leave off as many things as you like. The finished sandwich gets wrapped up tightly in foil and sliced in half for easy eating. In addition to the torta,...

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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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Eat Them Gators!

Ever hated your opponent so much you wanted to just… eat them? Unfortunately this year, the Gamecocks’ schedule is full of mascots that would result in a cannibalism charge — you can’t just chow down on a pirate or a minuteman. But it’s totally acceptable to take a bite out of this week’s opponent. Alligator nuggets can be purchased at Palmetto Seafood at 2200 Gervais Street, frozen or on ice for $13.99 for a pound. The ladies behind the counter recommend breading and frying the gator, which works out perfectly since this year’s Florida game is away. There are...

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Arepazo Latin Food in Cayce

It was a warm spring day in the month April when I was walking back from the spin studio that I had been going to since January. As I passed by the store that advertises Dungeons & Dragons game nights, I turned to look in the windows of the next building, and a sign was in the window. An arepas restaurant was opening… soon, it said! In a fit of excitement I misspelled on this Snapchat I took of the building. Months passed, no arepas. It got a bit warm for me to do any extreme forms of cardio,...

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Purple Pea Hummus

It’s not often that you’re perusing the bulk bin section of the grocery store and come up surprised by legumes, unless the handle sticks, but I recently was in just such a situation where I found something from a familiar-to-me part of the state. These dried purple hull peas hail from Heritage Farms in Norway, South Carolina. That’s right, Norway. It’s before Denmark and also near Finland, and Sweden — where the country club is, by the way. But I obtained them from 14 Carrot Whole Foods in Lexington, my favorite place to go for bulk grains, beans, spices, and snacks. They hung out here in the house for a while, because I had an insane spring. March was full throttle with Soda City Suds Week and the whole month of April I spent going on job interviews, six overall. It’s kind of stressful to be your best self six times over, but I ended up taking a job in corporate communications that I’ll be going to at the end of this month! But enough about that, let’s discuss these legumes. I was originally going to make a bean salad with this, cutting up all of the vegetables while the beans danced about within the confines of the pressure cooker, softening quickly with the intense blast of steam. Too quickly, it turned out, as once a sufficient amount of...

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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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