Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives - Calling all Readers

Posted by The LunchMen Friday, August 21, 2009

The Food Network's television show hosted by Guy Fieri, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, is coming to Columbia. Rabbit and I have been contacted by the Food Network to recommend some unique spots to them that may be featured on the show. Specifically, the show's production team has requested:

"Restaurants that serve great quality, made from scratch
food in an interesting environment. We prefer that the restaurants be family
owned and operated and NOT A CHAIN!"

I have given them my input, but we'd like to pass along yours as well. Please post a comment to this blog so that we can show the Food Network viewers a taste of the best that Columbia has to offer!

- Tank


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Salty Nut Cafe-- I met my wife there. The saltiest nuts, biggest deck, and coldest beer in town.

    Pizza Man-- try the prosciutto, feta, sun dried tomato pizza-- delicious!

    Julia's German Stammtisch-- you want to talk about a dive! try the goulash and snitzel (weiner, jaegar) yummy. Did I mention the German beer?

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Mac's on Main would be a great place to go. Jazzy atmosphere and the best peach cobbler you will ever eat! I don't even like peaches and I thought it was good! Definately a one of a kind place.

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. Yesterdays (2030 Devine St.) - big fan of their classic homemade meatloaf, it's a half-pound slice of heaven! with sides such as mac & cheese and green beans, it'll cure that hangover of yours...

    Hunter Gatherer (900 Main St.) - Black Bean Dip with an ESB...what a combo!

    Garibaldi's (2013 Greene St.) - Crispy Flounder...enough said.

    Doc's BBQ & Southern Buffet (1601 Shop Rd.) - best fried chicken in town!

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. I absolutely recommend El Burrito on Harden. It fits all the criteria... locally owned, a cool old diner building, fresh local ingredients, affordable, bluegrass out back on Thursdays. One of my favorites in Cola.

  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. Dano's on Rosewood Drive - great Pizza, great calzones, and EXCELLENT chicken parm. good vibe for either family or hanging out with friends. and they deliver...

  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. Bar None for the late night 5 Points Special, a must try.

  13. Anonymous Says:
  14. LaBrasca's Pizza on Jackson Blvd.


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Rabbit, Tank, and The Publican are three dudes just trying to get through the work week here in Columbia. Rabbit is a Columbia native, Tank is from Charleston, and The Publican hails from Greenville. Rabbit's favorite lunch spot is the No Name Deli on Elmwood, where you may find him putting down a grilled chicken salad and a side of vinegar pasta. The Publican usually wants to find food to cure his all-too-common hangovers. Tank claims no favorite lunch spot - he lives for the thrill of the hunt.


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