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Featured Restaurants

Columbia, SC

Crescent Grille
Cuisine: American
Chef Kyle Taylor
834 Broad Street Camden, SC 29020 (803) 518-7819 (803) 432-0717
Casual dining in an upscale atmosphere.
Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Fried Coconut Shrimp over Wasabi Slaw and a Sweet and Sour Chili Glaze
Pan Seared American Red Snapper, over a Cajun Sweet Potato Hash
Vidalia Onions and Potato Cheddar Cheese Soup

Gervais and Vine
Cuisine: Mediterranean Tapas and Wine Bar
Part Owner and Chef Kristian Niemi
620-A Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 799-VINE (803) 799-8463
Gervais & Vine is a Mediterranean Tapas and Wine Bar located in Columbia, South Carolina. All of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean influence their tapas creations, while the wine list picks from the best around the world, both Old and New.

Kristian Niemi is the Chef/Partner of Gervais & Vine, Mr. Friendly's New Southern Café and Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Architecture, he attended St. Paul College for Culinary Arts.

Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Coriander-Crusted Lamb Chops with Chimichurri
Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp with Sherry)
Pinchitos Morunos – Moorish Kababs
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Mangia Mangia
Cuisine: Italian
Chef James Brailford
100 State Street West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 791-3443
Intimate and inviting, elegant and comfortable, sophisticated and friendly - Mangia! Mangia! combines those qualities in a warm, colorful setting with a panoramic view of the Columbia skyline. Yet for all it's big-city style and old-world elegance, Mangia! Mangia! is really all about the cuisine. Every meal at Mangia! Mangia! is carefully prepared fresh to order with the absolute finest ingredients available.
Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab and Cilantro
Pan-Seared Steaks with Roasted Garlic, Gorgonzola and Balsamic Butter
Whole Wheat Linguini with Duck, Wild Mushrooms and Assiago
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Motor Supply Company Bistro
Cuisine: American
Tim Peters
920 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29209 803-256-6687
Since opening in 1989, Motor Supply - in the heart of the Congaree Vista - has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Motor Supply serves up some of the freshest and most innovative food in town with menus changing not once, but twice daily! All within the unique setting of a renovated engine supply building from the late 1800s, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just look for the original 1930s neon sign! Motor Supply (known as 'Motor' to locals) offers an extensive selection of wines carefully tasted and hand-picked for your enjoyment. As one of Columbia's first bistros and first restaurant in the Vista, Motor Supply is proud to celebrate its seventeenth anniversary this year.
Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Buttermilk Fried Duckling Breast over Corn Fritters, Siberian Kale and Cherry Gastrique
Coriander Seared Scallops with Grapefruit Salad
Molten Chocolate Cake
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Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe
Cuisine: American Fusion
Kristian Niemi
2001-A Greene Street Columbia, SC 29205 803-254-7828
Founded in the early '80s as a sandwich and cookie shop, Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe has evolved into much more since its inception. Since 1995, we have been serving New Southern Cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual environmnet using only the freshest ingredients and simple preparations. We have many daily specials that range according to the availability of the best ingredients. There are always ocean-fresh fish and seafood specials, as well as innovative meat, poultry, and wild game dishes. Our wine list is extensive and has won "Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence" six times. We also have a wide variety of mirco-brew beer, small batch Bourbon, flavored Vodkas and single-malt Scotch.

Our concept is simple: great food, great service and great wine. You can dress up or dress down. We are a neighborhood kind of place where you will probably run into lots of people you know. We aren't pretentious and we aren't expensive. We are a true American bistro with a local, southern flair.
Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Pan-seared Sea Scallops over Creamed Sweet Corn with White Balsamic Syrup, Parmesan Crisp and Roasted Garlic Foam
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Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar
Cuisine: American Fusion
Kristian Niemi
841-4 Sparkleberry Lane Columbia, SC 29229 803-788-6966
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
The seasons change, we change, Solstice changes.
Please come experience the changes with us!

Solstice is a true reflection of our minds and how they change not only season-to-season, but day-to-day and week-to-week.

Our cuisine could be labeled many things, but we will refer to it as "New American". Our service is professional, yet far from stuffy. Our decor is modern, yet simple. Our Wine List is extensive, and will become more so in time. And, perhaps most important of all, everyone from our servers and bartenders, to our chefs and Management, are among the most dedicated service industry professionals in our community.
Recipes Featured on Carolina Cooking:
Balsamic-braised Short Ribs with Pan Sauce over Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cedar-Planked Wild Salmon with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Goat Cheese Crumbles and Pinot Noir Reduction
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