At Sola Station, we feel so fortunate be able to call this area our home. Nothing quite compares to Southern Cuisine, and fortunately, Columbia offers an array of different options when it comes to food. With so many unique and enticing restaurants frequently popping up around town, it’s apparent that the restaurant scene is thriving. No matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, there’s most likely a restaurant nearby that can satisfy those cravings.
Motor Supply Co. Bistro opened in 1989 and has been a local favorite ever since. Don’t let the name fool you! This unique restaurant is located in a renovated engine supply building from the late 1800s, which is how it got its name. Their lunch and dinner menus change daily so there’s always something new and exciting to try. They offer a one-of-a-kind combination of contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. They take pride in the fact that everything they serve has been provided by local farms or has been made in-house. The owner, Eddie Wales, says, “Our mission is to provide the finest made-from-scratch culinary experience, in an upbeat, cosmopolitan atmosphere”.
If you’re seeking out something a bit more casual, or possibly recovering after a long night out, be sure to check out Café Strudel. They are known for their mouthwatering breakfast/brunch menu (especially the Hangover Hashbrowns), which happens to be served all day, but they also offer an extensive selection of lunch and dinner items, as well. Café Strudel claims to be fueled by three things- “good food, good people, and bringing them together”. They accomplish this by using the best ingredients and creating as much as they can in-house, all while providing exceptional service in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Whether it be a romantic date night, or an evening out exploring the city, stop into Black Rooster, a “Frenchish” bistro with some of the best views in the city from their rooftop bar. Aside from the breathtaking views of the Saluda and Congaree rivers and the city skyline, their menu is made up of “great, locally-sourced dishes at a reasonable price and without any pretense,” says the owner.
Best Happy Hour
After a long day of work, happy hour is the perfect way to unwind and relax with friends or coworkers. For some of the best happy hour specials in the city, check out The Whig (4-7 p.m. | $3 house wine & liquor), Bourbon (4-6 p.m. | burger, shot of Bulleit bourbon & any $4 beer for $10), Hendrix (4-6 p.m. | $5 draft beer, $3 off wine by the glass, $4 off well liquor), or Liberty Tap Room (4-7 p.m. | $3 domestics, house liquor & wine, $6-8 select appetizers).
Best Sports Bar
If you’re looking for somewhere to catch the big game, there are plenty of sports bars in Columbia where you can do so. Thirsty Fellow is a dog-friendly pizzeria and pub with a fun atmosphere and plenty of TV’s for your viewing pleasure. You won’t miss out on any of the action at Carolina Ale House– there’s not a bad seat in the house! Enjoy great food, a large selection of beers, great views and an abundance of TV’s throughout the restaurant.
We could go on and on about all of the delicious local restaurants that Columbia has to offer. As the city continues to grow and expand, so does the buzzing restaurant scene. We hope you’re able to visit some of the restaurants we’ve suggested and enjoy them as much as we do!