Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia has, at one time or another, been home to all of us at RidePost. It’s also the place where we can say it all began. So, in honor of this oft-underrated city of the Midlands, we give you the food and beverage gems of Cola:

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Motor Supply Company Bistro

920 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.256.6687
http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com

This is the place to splurge on your trip. The house-made charcuterie board is a must-order – at just $12, it will blow your mind. The entrees are sized on the larger side, so you could definitely get by with splitting one of their main dishes. Another great option; sit at the bar. The bartenders are friendly and offer great recommendations for the menu, which changes daily. Also, they can fix you a mean cocktail with their in-house infused liquors and fresh-squeezed juices.

Mr. Friendly’s

2001-A Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29205
803.254.7828
http://mrfriendlys.com

Mr. Friendly’s is the ideal spot for a casual, “new-southern” lunch. Order the French Quarter Dip for your table while you wait for the food to arrive. (You won’t regret it!) The Signature Salads are delicious and leave you feeling satisfied but not overly-stuffed. I’d recommend the Beef Tip and Shrimp Salad on that front. If you are looking for something a bit more substantial, check out the Low Country Shrimp & Grits: it’s served with an andouille sausage creole sauce that is to die for. If you’re not already convinced, you can find $4 wines by the glass and $15 bottles of wine every day at lunch.

Publick House

2307 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
803.256.2207

Wings, wings, wings. To be exact: the Pterodactyl wings (a combo of their bbq and teriyaki sauces). These babies are super saucy, so avoid wearing your Sunday best to this meal. On the side, go for Publick House’s classic rendition of cole slaw, paired with the raw fries. The raw fries have never failed me, and always add the perfect bite to accompany the wings.

Hunter-Gatherer

900 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.748.0540
http://huntergathererbrewery.com

The Hunter-Gatherer is the brew-pub of Columbia, offering live music from a diverse line of genres. The building itself is a model citizen of chilled ambience – exposed brick walls, dimmed lighting, and beer tanks behind the bar. The menu is fresh and offers locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, this is the only place on the planet where you can taste and purchase H-G’s hand-crafted beers, sold for $10 by the growler.

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