3637739160_43c279c14c_zSouth Carolina is known for its hearty Southern cooking, and Columbia is no exception. If you’re not including your meals as a major vacation attraction, you’re missing out. Plan ahead to stop by these great eateries during your stay.

Lizard’s Thicket – For Country Favorites

If you’re looking for a great bite right after you step off your flight to Columbia, Lizard’s Thicket is a convenient option located near the airport. This family owned restaurant has been in business for 35 years and specializes in hearty country cooking. Stop in for breakfast and try the locally made onion sausage with fresh eggs and grits. Visit Lizard’s Thicket for lunch or supper and you’ll enjoy a wide selection of country classics including fried chicken, southern fried catfish, and country-fried steak.

Midlands’ Modern Southern Food Arts – For Creative Twists

With Midland’s Modern Southern Food Arts, you can enjoy delicious dishes just steps from your hotel room. When you’re browsing Columbia hotels, keep this spot in mind. Located in the Columbia Marriott, this restaurant is a convenient choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The food is an artful blend of Southern favorites and gourmet cuisine. Try the bourbon and maple- glazed salmon salad with pecan-crusted goat cheese or the cornmeal-dusted Carolina catfish.

Terra – For Local, Seasonal Flavors

At Terra, the food is selected carefully and prepared simply so the natural flavors of locally grown produce and sustainable seafood can really shine. This restaurant makes a big effort to support local farmers, so you know you’re getting a true taste of the area. Don’t miss favorites like the steak frites with a simple salad and blue cheese butter or the chocolate hazelnut tart for dessert.

Little Pigs Barbeque – For Buffet Style BBQ

If you’re craving Carolina barbecue in a big way, Little Pigs Barbecue is ready to satisfy. This buffet features barbecue, ribs, pork chops, chicken, and fish with all the essential Southern sides, like macaroni and cheese, collards, and tomato pie. Choose from tomato-based, mustard-based, and vinegar-pepper barbecues to complete your feast.

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House – For Diverse Options

If you’re looking for a menu that everyone in your party can agree on, try Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House. The menu has a little something for everyone with options that include gyros, pizzas, pierogies, Carolina crab cakes, and mac and cheese. The beers are as impressive as the food, with handcrafted in-house brews that include wheat, pale ale, extra-special bitter, and seasonal specialties.

Maurice’s Piggie Park BBQ – For Pit-Cooked BBQ

The award-winning pit-cooked barbecue at Maurice’s Piggie Park makes this South Carolina staple an essential inclusion on your agenda. Enjoy your barbecue in a sandwich basket with french fries, coleslaw, or hush puppies, or get a filling dinner with Southern sides like Carolina hash over rice, potato salad, and fried okra. The gift shop even lets you take a taste of Maurice’s home.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh local salad or well-known barbecue, you can find a flavor that fits your craving among these restaurants.

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Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.

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5 Top Restaurants in New York City

by Admin on August 27, 2014

New York City is a popular destination for visitors every year, where guests can enjoy museums, cultural landmarks, exciting nightlife, and delicious restaurants. Since it is such a melting pot for different cultures, there are many meal options available.

Oriental Garden


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If you are looking for a delicious Chinese dish, make sure to pay a visit to Oriental Garden. This casual restaurant is on Elizabeth Street and is famous for their seafood dishes and other delicious favorites. It can get a little crowded during the lunch rush on the weekends, but it is typically pretty easy to get a table for an early dinner. Choose from classic favorites, such as noodle dishes, dim sum, dumplings, and fried rice.



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Located in Little Italy, Rubirosa is the spot to dine if you want authentic Italian cuisine for a reasonable price. Start with a fresh Caprese or arugula salad, or warm up with a bowl of homemade Italian wedding soup or pasta e Fagioli soup.  For your entrée, select from wood-fired pizzas, heaping bowls of pasta, or a local favorite: brick pressed chicken with eggplant, peppers, basil, and heirloom tomatoes.

The Spotted Pig


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Named one of the top 13 burgers in New York, The Spotted Pig has been cooking fresh favorites for locals for several years. Its most well-known burger features a short-rib blend patty topped with flavorful Roquefort cheese. Diners also enjoy the steamed mussels, prepared with coconut milk and green curry, as well as the crisp salads and grilled skirt steak. Be sure to save room for one of the decadent desserts, such as the flourless chocolate cake or the rhubarb tart.

Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna


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If you are looking for delicious Greek food, stop by Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna for lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack. Start your meal with an authentic Greek salad or fried peppers stuffed with cheese. Next, enjoy a delicious lamb, chicken, or pork gyro with fries or one of the tasty seafood entrees. Some of the side dishes that you can add to your meal include roasted lemon potatoes, sliced beets, or fresh broccoli.

St. Anselm


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St. Anselm, located in Brooklyn, is a great spot to feast on a delicious and affordable steak. Some of the favorite salads are an iceberg and blue cheese dish with hot bacon dressing; the Bibb salad with grape tomatoes and fried shallots, topped with shallot vinaigrette; or the radishes served with salt and butter. Their steaks are prepared with garlic butter, chimichurri oil, or au poivre sauce. The restaurant is also open for brunch.

When you visit New York, plan to visit one (or several) of these unique restaurants that prepare delicious and local favorites. Some restaurants in the city have live music and refreshing drinks to go along with your meal, so stop in and spend some time with the locals. Before you book your trip to New York, check out reviews to find what best fits your needs.

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The 5 Best Cooking Shows to Help You Become a Pro in The Kitchen

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