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Dive into Columbia’s emerging food scene


South Carolina’s capital city pairs its history with a growing food scene, and Columbia Food Tours gives groups an insider’s look into its charming Southern culture and its standout restaurants and bars. 

Sweet potato soup with spicy lamb sausage and fried sage leaf at The Oak Table in Columbia, South Carolina

Photo: Columbia Food Tours Sweet potato soup with spicy lamb sausage and fried sage leaf, The Oak Table, Columbia, S.C.

“Our Main Street food tour offers sampling of cuisine at some of the best restaurants in Columbia, as well as learning about the history of Columbia,” said Brian Cole, owner of Columbia Food Tours. “We get many people from Columbia who say they have lived here their whole life, and have never tried these restaurants. Locals and tourists alike benefit from this wonderful afternoon of learning about and tasting the best Columbia has to offer.”

The Main Street food tour is a walking tour lasting up to three hours, and includes either five or seven different restaurants in the Main Street area of downtown Columbia. Samplings from each of the restaurants add up to a full meal, so Cole suggests that groups come hungry.

Some locations on the Main Street food tour include Blue Flour Bakery, Lula Drake, Publico Kitchen & Tap, Persona Pizza, Villa Tronco, The Oak Table, Bourbon, and Pawleys Front Porch. 

Italian eggrolls at Villa Tronco in Columbia, South Carolina

Photo: Columbia Food Tours Italian eggrolls, Villa Tronco, Columbia, S.C.

“Some highlights are visiting Villa Tronco, the oldest restaurant in Columbia, as well as visiting a wine parlor as well as bourbon bar,” Cole said.

Cole suggests booking tours as soon as possible, at least a few months out, as they sell out quickly. Groups of 10 or more guests can receive special pricing.

“Columbia is emerging as a foodie city and our tour showcases that as we give guests a sample from locally owned restaurants,” Cole said. “We hope the groups have a wonderful time experiencing Columbia, one bite at a time.” 

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Kelsey Smith, Associate Editor

The more wine columnist Kelsey Smith travels, the more tales she can’t wait to tell. She especially likes to discover how destinations and attractions can accommodate groups. To earn a star on her travel checklist, there better be parking for a motorcoach and dining, at least nearby. Watch for the debut of her blog, “Wine Wednesday.”

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