Between the University of South Carolina’s flagship campus and the towering stature of the State House, Columbia, South Carolina, doesn’t spring to the minds of most as a food-and-drink mecca. Still, the riverside city has shown up in big ways, proving it doesn’t just cater to co-eds and the political elite. Old stalwarts dish out gourmet plates and expertly crafted cocktails while a new guard of eclectic eateries have sprung up at the city’s farthest reaches (and beyond). Vegan soul food to Peruvian comforts to dishes that are rooted in Africa represent the flavors of Columbia. The capital city college town has claim to one of the oldest recorded pimento cheese recipes and the first pimento cheeseburger—an invention you won’t regret trying. Head to Soda City market on Saturday mornings, where a closed-down Main Street plays host to food trucks, live music, and artisan makers. Craft beer is taking over this city, where more than twelve breweries reside and more are on the horizon. With evidence of renewal everywhere, Cola will leave you looking forward to what’s next.

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Columbia, SC: A Southern Hot Spot

Tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in this modern city.

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Columbia, SC, Reimagines Southern Food

Columbia, SC, offers restaurants full of new ways to discover the Southern favorites, diverse flavors, and intentions that highlight the city’s food scene.

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Snapshot: Columbia, South Carolina

Gourmet plates, expertly crafted cocktails, and a new guard of eclectic eateries are redefining Columbia, South Carolina, as a rising food-and-drink mecca.

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Craft Beer in Columbia

From lagers and IPA’s to sours and seasonal pours, Columbia, South Carolina is a hub for all things hoppy and delicious.


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Hotel Trundle merges industrial grit with whimsy in three, restored historic buildings that reflect Columbia’s artistry and charm.

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From the misty ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Grand Strand beaches, South Carolina is the perfect backdrop for your next adventure.

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Ignite Your Taste Buds at the Southeastern BBQ Showdown

Get ready to fire up your taste buds and dive into the ultimate BBQ competition at the Southeastern BBQ Showdown, June 14-15, 2024.

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Key Ingredient: Barbecue Pickled Cabbage

According to this seasoned Columbia chef, pickling is for rebels, and this barbecue pickled cabbage might just be your next sandwich staple.

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