Columbia’s New Hot Spots

Posted On September 21, 2019

A lineup of the newest restaurants in the greater Columbia area


Tiffany’s Bakery and Eatery
Tiffany’s Bakery and Eatery had a major upgrade this year, moving from their previous, smaller location to a new building. While still on Two Notch, the new location has a bar area with beer and wine, beautiful bakery cases with delicious baked goods (custom orders are available), and a lunch area with enough space for you and your coworkers. The lunch and bakery menu have both expanded to include delicious items like made-from-scratch Mexican eggrolls, burgers, and gelato. But don’t worry, you can still find all their classics, like the club and petit fours. tiffanysofcolumbia.com

Gold Den
North East Columbia has a newcomer to the scene, Gold Den. Gold Den prides itself on providing fresh, American cuisine with a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. The restaurant supports local farms with dishes like their strawberry salad, collards, and fried okra. It also provides a unique brunch experience that includes bottomless mimosas, made-to-order omelets, and fried chicken wings. Gold Den is open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 11 am, and often hosts evening entertainment. Stop by next time you’re looking for a local meal in the North East. Call ahead seating and private parties are welcome. thegoldden.com

Home Team BBQ
Five Points downtown is now the proud home of Home Team BBQ. With additional locations all over the Charleston area and in Aspen, this barbeque joint is sure to please. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and even has a late-night menu. The restaurant is also family friendly and provides catering on and off site for events of all sizes. While you are enjoying the barbeque, try something off the “brown waters” menu. The wide variety of whisky makes it the go-to place for a Manhattan, an old fashioned or just a whiskey on the rocks. Stop by next time you are in Five Points. hometeambbq.com/location/columbia

Hendrix is one of the hottest sustainable southern restaurants in town. Located on Main St. in Columbia, you can experience the downtown life with a rooftop bar, signature cocktails, and a delicious meal prepared in a scratch kitchen. The interior deÅLcor has a modern, industrial design juxtaposing the historical architecture. The menu changes often, but currently boasts a delicious gnocchi pesto, steamed Maine mussels, and an original take on a caprese salad. Visit their website to see what is being served tonight and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to see the latest picture-worthy dishes, cocktails and views. hendrixsc.com

Halls Chophouse
Halls Chophouse is now conveniently located on the corner of Main and Gervais. This South Carolina family owned business is known for its mouth-watering steaks grilled to perfection and relaxing, elegant atmosphere. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and even has room for private and corporate events, making it the go-to place for both business lunches and date nights. The menu is not limited to just red meat. There’s something for everyone with soups, salads, seafood and more. Enjoy live entertainment nightly, sometimes from Billy Hall himself. Call and make your reservations today. hallschophouse.com

Lambs Bread
Returns the King Vegan Café Located at 3600 River Dr., Lambs Bread Returns is Columbia’s newest vegan cafeÅL. The restaurant provides the area with vegan food for the soul. It’s open for lunch and dinner with a menu that includes a wide variety of options, including mock lemon chicken, vegan chicken salad, hemp ice cream, smoothies and their famous Goddess Mac and “Cheese.” Follow them on Instagram and you will see vegan does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor or give up your southern comfort foods. The owners are knowledgeable, and the West African deÅLcor is exotic. Lambs Bread is sure to be an experience you won’t forget. Instagram: @lambsbreadreturnsthekingvegan

Hazelwood Brewing
Hazelwood Brewing is in Lexington’s Old Mill with farmhouse beers inspired by South Carolina agriculture. Hazelwood has been growing its own hops and other ingredients in Camden for 14 years, and carries a wide variety of beers, including historical styles and new-age beers such as hazy IPAs and sours, as well as creative food options. You won’t want to miss the taproom which includes a custom-built bar and a mezzanine built from sustainably harvested red oak and salvaged steel, as well as a shaded garden with
a walk-up bar. Be sure to stop by and try a beer in the garden. hazelwoodbeerco.com

Kao Thai Cuisine
Bangkok native Gai Wilson opened Kao Thai in 2018 on the corner of Assembly and Park Streets in a former firehouse station, aiming to bring Thai culture and cuisine to the area. The restaurant has authentic, delicious Thai food, as well as a great atmosphere, patio seating, signature cocktails and free Vista parking. Dishes range from the classic pad Thai, to pineapple fried rice, drunken noodles, and more. Every dish is worth trying and pairing with sake, a signature cocktail, or a non-alcoholic specialty beverage. There are even Asian beers on the extensive menu. Reservations are available. kaothaicola.com

The Vista has a new, local cafeÅL in the district featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients that are primarily sourced from farms throughout the Carolinas. This cafeÅL has a new take on food service, including being a non-tipping restaurant that pays the staff higher wages. The menu consists of beverages, pastries and lunch items with light table service for guests who want to dine in. Stop by for the iced mint mocha and enjoy knowing that your money is not only going to a local business, but to a business that supports its community and employees with livable wages, transportation stipends and community engagement. smallsugarsc.com

929 Kitchen & Bar
The first Korean restaurant to join The Vista’s district, 929 Kitchen & Bar proudly dishes up meals inspired by ancient Korean traditions. Located right on Gervais St., this restaurant will make your mouth water with happy hour specials and a variety of dishes, including kimchi pancakes, Korean tacos and bibimbap. Top off your meal with a Korean-inspired dessert like green tea souffleÅL cheesecake, or a crunch red bean ice cream bowl. If you don’t want to dive headfirst into Korean fair, there are conservative
dishes for you, too. 929 Kitchen & Bar accepts reservations, so call today. 929kitchen.com

Crafty Crab
Crabs are hitting the Columbia restaurant scene, including North East Columbia with the small chain, Crafty Crab. Located on O’Neil Ct., this seafood restaurant is open every day of the week for lunch and dinner. Dishes include seafood boils with a variety of shell fish, fried seafood, oysters and scallops. There is also a wide variety of sides to choose from, including fries, potatoes, sausage, corn and more. There are turf options if someone in your group isn’t into seafood. Head over to Crafty Crab for your next business lunch, date night or seafood craving. craftycrabrestaurant.com

Sabor Latin Street Grill
Sabor Latin Street Grill is a local chain now open in The Vista on Gervais St. They provide authentic Latin street food and are also known for their margaritas and quick and friendly service. The restaurant has a full-service bar with signature cocktails to pair with tacos, burritos, empanadas, and more. There are even daily specials, like one-dollar tacos on Tuesdays, that you can pair with delicious sides including Mexican street corn. Looking for something sweet? The ice cream and churro combination is sure to make your mouth water. Stop by or get it delivered by Bite Squad today. saborcolumbia.com