Editor’s Note: Table Crumbs is an occasional week-long recap of culinary news from Columbia, in short.
Sound Bites Restaurant – The Main Street lunch spot focused on local dishes offered in sandwiches and salads opened in late September. The opening menu included do-it-yourself salads starting at $ 9; a handful of breakfast options; and sandwiches that start at $ 9 and have gone to $ 13, with options like a grilled poblano cheese.
Bourbon Bops – Columbia’s fanciest cocktail bar is upping its game with a Saturday night live concert series called the Courtyard Concert Series until November 13. Early Main Street Cocktail Bar shows included Brandy & The Butcher and The Capital City Playboys, with future shows having tastes of Glamcocks. The shows take place in the new expansion courtyard of the bar, which is currently decorated in a tiki atmosphere.
Pinnacle pop-up – Other pop-up food events around town may stop, as few can approach the power of the stars and the hype that goes with it. Smokey wing experts Smokey Loggins and Alex Suaudom from Baan Sawan’s World in Five Points appear on October 25 at WECO in West Columbia from 4 to 9 p.m. (Baan Sawan is the latest notable closure in Columbia’s food scene), as Alex’s brother Sam recently started a wine club – although Sam noted they were still closed indefinitely. The event menu is yet to be defined, but with these talents together, it shouldn’t be missed.
Pasta Partners – Main Street wine bar and pasta shop Lula Drake Wine Parlor continues its partnership with Dorsia Pasta Co. Former Lula chef Pierce Bowers left his position as sous chef at Di Vino Rosso in September to launch his full time Dorsia pasta business. Bowers will begin partnering with Lula’s chef, Rachael Harrison, to make featured pasta each week. Week one will be a fall Bucatini Carbonara and it starts this week, Lula owner Tim Gardner told me.
The War Mouth Family Meal
In the culinary world of South Carolina and Colombia, brunch is generally a godsend for local restaurants.
The weekend between breakfast and lunch often draws busy crowds and, at times, long waiting lists. This has been a particular boon during the difficult economic times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for the restaurant industry.
Yet Columbia’s restaurant in Cottontown, The War Mouth, is throwing it away. Faced with a handful of mediocre brunch services and a small, exhausted staff, the managers choose to turn to something fairly new to the city’s food scene: a weekly Sunday meal between $ 30 and $ 40 that makes up three to four courses and which they nickname the War Mouth Family Meal. It starts on October 17 and will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“It’s just a lot of fun. It’s fun for the staff and hopefully fun for our guests, ”said Rhett Eliott, Chief of War Mouth. “In Colombia a lot of places are closed on Sundays and Mondays… we thought it would be nice to have a place where everyone could go.”
The meal is one of the few regular similar offerings in the city. On Main Street, Hampton Street Vineyard hosts regular wine dinners, Northeast Columbia’s Ratio also offers food-based dinners, and a few others do the same.
The War Mouth version stands out among this crowd.
The price is affordable, compared to the few similar meal types in town that can easily go over $ 60, but often include drink pairings. Elliott explained that they wanted to make it accessible to workers in the service industry.
To do this, they focus on keeping it vegetable-focused, seasonal, and “simple.” For example, the first meal will feature the restaurant’s typical Midlands-Southern cuisine and open with small vegetable dishes, followed by grilled pork loin over new potatoes and lemon pork juice. and, afterwards, a dessert.
Elliott explained that the restaurant’s head bartender, David Adedkoun, will likely also offer a featured drink to accompany it.
“It’s always a struggle to eat in good restaurants (as a restaurant worker) because you are not the demographic they are looking for,” he said. “Most of the restaurants I’ve been to are ‘How much can we get for this?’ and ours is “how much can we charge?” “
Restaurant Week Columbia is back
Are you looking for an excuse to treat yourself? Restaurant Week Columbia arrives later this month to give you exactly that.
The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s annual event takes place October 14-24. Typically, the idea is that diners flock to local restaurants, often upscale (but not always) and get a deal on a special menu to dine in or take out.
As of October 4, registration for participating restaurants was open, but the site already had a number of options. Main Street’s Bourbon has an upcoming three-course menu for $ 35; Hall’s Chophouse follows suit, but at $ 60; and Blue Marlin offers a family take-out meal for four for $ 55. Others like Hampton Street Vineyard and Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse were engaged, but had yet to provide details.
More information can be found at restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com/city/columbia/.