South 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.
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.