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Athens, GA and Columbia, SC

COMPLETELY agree with ForagingFoodie's reviews. Bone-In Artisan BBQ is great, as is Motor Supply. I've not been yet, but I've heard great things about Oak Table. It's successful in Charleston and they've just recently opened one here in Columbia. Thirsty Fellow is another go-to for me, especially if I'm up for a casual night of pizza and beer. I've heard good things about The Kraken gastropub on Rosewood, but haven't been there yet either. Columbia isn't the best, but we're getting better and better!

Mar 05, 2013
sethacke in Southeast

Feedback: Weekend in Savannah

My husband and I were in Savannah from Saturday afternoon - Sunday afternoon and had a wonderful time, so I thought I'd share our food experiences:

Saturday Lunch at The Distillery: Because my husband and I are craft beer enthusiasts, we were looking forward to this visit. The beer selection certainly didn't disappoint. The Distillery keeps 21 rotating beers on tap and has a rather comprehensive bottle selection as well. The selection of bottled and draft beer was great. Service was quite abysmal. It was a good thing that we weren't in much of a rush, because we would've been among the large number of frustrated customers that day. The menu selection was an improvement to what you would expect at most pubs. We both had burgers. I had the Bootlegger (applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and goat cheese), he had the Bourbon Mushroom Burger. Both were tasty, if a bit overcooked (we weren't given an option of how we'd like it prepared). We finished with their specialty dessert - the fried moonpie. Though it was described as a s'mores meets a funnel cake, it tasted pretty much exactly how it sounds - like a moonpie covered in batter and deep fried. We left without any major complaints about the food (though the dessert disappointed), but felt rather ill a few hours later. Of the places we visited while in Savannah, this probably wouldn't warrant a return visit based on that (though I'd certainly recommend it anytime for just drinks).

Saturday Dinner at Local 11ten - This restaurant lived up to the Chowhound recommendations. The decor is lovely and the service was good. It was a bit loud, but that was almost entirely due to an especially vocal group seated next to us. My husband started with the Asian Pear Salad with Beet Vinaigrette, which was absolutely delicious. I started with the Mussels with House-Made Chorizo. Simply out of this world. I'd go back for that dish again and again (I still cannot believe it was only $15. I would've paid twice that amount for that dish). The chorizo was delicious and the mussels themselves were so fresh that every bite tasted just like the ocean. For the main course, my husband had the Day Boat Catch (which, in this instance, was Seared Ahi Tuna with a Lemon-Parsnip Puree and a Warm Lentil Salad). The tuna was great. It was seasoned beautifully and cooked perfectly. The parsnip puree was also delicious. The lentil salad was good, but there was far too much of it on the plate. It would've been nice to have more puree and significantly less lentil salad. For my main, I had the Rabbit Tagliatelle, which I enjoyed. The pasta and rabbit were cooked perfectly and the sauce was creamy and flavorful. The sunchokes added a nice texture, but the chunks were far too large. I found myself pushing them off to the side instead of enjoying them with the meal. Had the pasta been served with slivers of sunchoke instead of chunks, it would've been a near-perfect dish. Overall, an absolutely lovely meal at a lovely restaurant.

Sunday Brunch at B.Matthews: What a nice little bistro! I wish we had been in town longer, because I'd imagine that the atmosphere here for dinner is very warm and romantic. Word to the wise: call for reservations. This is a popular little spot and people without reservations waited a long time for a table. My husband and I grabbed a seat and the bar and enjoyed a very nice brunch. He had the Salmon BLT (seared salmon and bacon over a house-made biscuit topped with a poached egg and mornay sauce) and I had the Crab Benedict (crab cake over a house-made biscuit topped with a poached egg and garlic-herb hollandaise). We both enjoyed our respective dishes, though mine was rather lacking in seasoning (which, of course, was easy enough to fix). The biscuit was delicious (the edges had the most delicious buttery crunch to them) and the crab tasted so fresh. We'd definitely return.

Feb 18, 2013
sethacke in Southeast

Savannah, GA: Noble Fare vs. Local 11ten?

My husband and I are trying to decide on where to dine for our fifth anniversary and we've narrowed it down to these two options. From reading previous threads, it seems safe to assume that we won't go wrong with either, but I'm curious to hear how people would compare the two. I'd love to hear your opinions on the food, the drinks, the service and the atmosphere.

Jan 17, 2013
sethacke in Southeast

Columbia SC BBQ

Well, when you do make it back this way, I recommend finding out where the Bone-In Artisan BBQ truck is parked. The bbq isn't as traditional as what you seem to be looking for, but it's the best BBQ that I've had in Columbia. Seriously delicious food. Plus, if you catch them on a Wednesday night, you'll have an opportunity to check out our All-Local Farmer's Market as well.

Jun 25, 2012
sethacke in Southeast

Help! Charlotte from Columbia (concert at Verizon Amphitheater)

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! After much debate, we decided to play it safe and go to the Flying Saucer. We were very, very close to taking a detour and eating at Midwood Smokehouse, but, not knowing the area too well, we didn't want to risk running into traffic and arriving late to the concert.

ILike2EatMoar - if I had seen your post soon enough, we would've definitely eaten at one of the places you recommended in the same shopping center as the saucer before heading that way for a few drinks.

Again, thanks to all for the recommendations. We plan on heading to Charlotte again soon to try some of the places we missed this time around!

Jun 25, 2012
sethacke in Southeast

Help! Charlotte from Columbia (concert at Verizon Amphitheater)

Apologies for such short notice. My husband and I are driving from Columbia, SC to attend a concert tomorrow (06/21/2012) evening at the Verizon Amphitheater. I've done some general searching for a somewhat decent place to eat around that area, but I'm not having much luck. We're not entirely opposed to going into downtown to eat, but we'd much prefer to go somewhere either around the venue itself or along the way from Columbia to Charlotte. As we're attending a concert later that evening, we'd prefer a more casual atmosphere. We're very into craft beer and the like, so perhaps a nicer-than-normal pub?

Jun 20, 2012
sethacke in Southeast

Gift Certificate to Columbia, SC restaurant?

uptownlibrarian, I've heard that Baan Sawan is simply divine. I've not had a chance to check it out myself, but I've never heard a negative thing about it.

Dec 07, 2011
sethacke in Southeast

Spartanburg, SC recommendations? Anyone?

Yeah, I've been thinking that it may be Bangkok Cafe or bust. It's already hard enough finding a place in Spartanburg, but the fact that we'll be there on a Sunday night makes it even worse. Maybe we'll just drive to Greenville.

May 26, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Whirlwind tour: Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, Wilmington

Then Hudson's is the way to go, IMO. I've heard that Shealy's in Batesburg-Leesville is really great too, but I"ve never been. Enjoy your trip!

May 26, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Looking for great food in Columbia, SC

Perhaps you have the wrong website? If you do, here is the correct one: http://www.solsticekitchen.com/

The hours, location, and menu are on the main page.

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Spartanburg, SC recommendations? Anyone?

Those sound like a start, but the options may be a bit meat-heavy for our crowd. We're going with at least one vegetarian and one person who eats fish, but no other meat. I'd like to go to a restaurant where they would feel less like an afterthought.

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Looking for great food in Columbia, SC

If I'm not too late, I'd like to throw in my recommendation for Solstice in NE Columbia. The food is consistently great (try the smoked gouda & bacon mac n' cheese) and the service is always wonderful. Even when packed, the restaurant is never too loud, so it should be fine for your mother. The cuisine is New Southern which may seem a stretch for an older crowd (not sure how old your inlaws/parents are), but I've gone with my in-laws and they loved it.

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

BBQ in Columbia SC

I concur. Smoke is great. I will say, however, that there are plenty of things to work out on the business side of the restaurant. The service is very slow, and they run out of food frequently. I do think that they get a free pass, as they are still so new. If they could work out those few issues, I'd be back again and again!

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Whirlwind tour: Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, Wilmington

As far as BBQ in Columbia is concerned, I'd say that your best options are either Hudson's Smokehouse or Smoke in Blythewood. Hudson's is far better than most places around here, but it still isn't worth going too far out of your way. It's consistently good, but never great.

My husband and I just recently tried Smoke, and we were pretty impressed with the food itself. As it is a relatively new restaurant, they are still working out the kinks - be prepared for slow service and the possibility that they may be out of your desired menu choice. If things do work in your favor, however, you'll not be disappointed. Their pulled pork was amazing, as were their ribs (though the spice rub on mine was a bit heavy). They don't have mustard sauce (at least not that I noticed), but their sauces are pretty great, nontheless. They had one sauce that seemed to have been flavored with allspice or cloves - it was delicious.

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Trip to Savannah/Tybee Island. Please help with dining itinerary

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Savannah and though we had plenty of amazing meals while there, the best to be had was at Bistro Savannah, hands down. My husband had the Bouillabaisse and I had a Sour Cherry Glazed Duck Breast with Sweet Potato and Pecan Hash. Absolutely incredible. I cannot recommend it enough.

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Suggestions for Charlotte, NC - new places to try

My husband and I decided to try Saigon Palace last night and were met with great results. If you like Vietnamese food, you certainly won't be disappointed. We both had vermicelli dishes, so I can only attest to the quality of those. I have heard, however, that their pho is great as well.

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Saigon Palace
5215 South Blvd Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28217

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Dinner for 50 in Columbia, SC

I second chowhoundgirl's recommendation of Solstice. If you can work something out with them, do it. They have amazing food, probably the best in Columbia for their type of cuisine.

Also, I'll tell you what I just told a chowhounder asking about a rehearsal dinner. I've never used them for anything, but you should look at Spotted Salamander Catering (http://spottedsalamandercatering.com/). I've seen them mentioned on the All Local Farmer's Market website, and the food sounds pretty good.

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Farmer's Market Cafe
63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Rehearsal Dinner In Columbia S.C?

We did our rehearsal dinner at Nonnah's. It turned out well, but the venue may be too small for a party of your size. If you have the option hosting somewhere and having someone cater it, you should look into Spotted Salamander Catering. I've seen their information on the All Local Farmer's Market website, and the food sounds really great.
http://spottedsalamandercatering.com/

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Farmer's Market Cafe
63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Spartanburg, SC recommendations? Anyone?

The husband and I will be in Spartanburg this Sunday night, and we're in desperate need of a place to eat. We're not interested in diners (namely, The Beacon) or meat and 3's. I've scoured the boards already and haven't had much luck. We're not especially picky people, but we'd like to find something that's fresh, seasonal, and moderately priced (locally sourced would be nice as well, but we can go without that). We could also go for a decent brew pub. Where do the local chowhound eaters go?

May 25, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Columbia, SC - dinner suggestions post-football?

My suggestion would be Hunter Gatherer. It's located between the vista and football stadium and the food is fantastic. I've never had wine or cocktails there, as it is a brewpub and I always order a pint of whatever they have on tap (I recommend the Pale Ale). The menu isn't huge, but the food is quality. The specials rotate pretty frequently (they often use local ingredients) and they've always been delicious, in my experience.

Jan 09, 2010
sethacke in Southeast

Foodie Towns/Cities in Virginia?

As appealing as Raleigh/Durham and Asheville are (we visit both areas frequently), for other reasons, we are really limiting our search to cities within Virginia. Am I destined to a life without good food?

Foodie Towns/Cities in Virginia?

My husband and I are thinking about moving to Virginia sometime within the next few years, and among our considerations for the ideal place are towns/cities that have a lot to offer the food enthusiast. I've been thinking strongly about Charlottesville. Are there a decent number of offerings here? Where else would you recommend?