We’re heading to Ft. Jackson army base next week for a friend’s boot camp graduation. We’re staying 2 nights in the area. Any recommendations for good restaurants? They can be anything from fancy to the dive-type place – just as long as it’s good. BarBQ recs. especially. Thanks.
There is a good meat and three chain in Columbia called Lizards Thicket. It’s cheap good southern eating. There are a number of locations around town. I’m sure there’s one relatively close to the Fort.
Ask someone to direct you to the Sumter Highway and follow it about 20 miles out of Columbia beyond the base to a really good place called Sikes Barbeque. They’re only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They have steam table service of barbeque pork, slaw and Hash & rice. It’s mustard based sauce and quite good. I think they have the best hash in that area.
There’s also a local hamburger chain that’s quite good called Rush’s. I can’t think of one close to the base, so you may do well to ask at your hotel. It’s a reguilar stop for me when in Columbia. Old fashioned type burgers that you would have found in local chains in the fifties and sixties.
If you want to blow it out with a celebratory dinner, I’m of the opinion that Diane’s on Harden Street near Five Points is one of the best places in Columbia. They have a beef tenderloins stuffed with crab meat that it just terrific. But, It’s also quite pricey.
There is an entertaiunment district that runs from the State Capital down Gervais Street to the River. Lots of chain and non-chain restaurants and bars in that stretch
Also for BBQ, there is Little Pig’s, north of the fort, between Percival Rd. and I-20. Like most BBQ places in SC, they are open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. At some point during the evening, they bring out the carcass of the hog, and you can go tear off whatever you want – especially Mr. Brown and the skin. Avoid Big T’s BBQ – overpriced and not that good. Also avoid Maurice’s Piggy Park – very much overpriced and a cloyingly sweet sauce. The other BBQ joints are way off from the fort. There is a chain called “Sticky Fingers” which is a rib joint. I’ve been but was not impressed – the ribs are trimmed of the breast area, so you are getting mostly the lower boney section, and the sauces are fusion types, made for those who don’t really know ribs or sauces. You know the type – Honey Mustard, a Carolina mustard sauce that tastes like the honey mustard, a supposed Memphis sauce, etc.
If you don’t mind driving a bit, say 10 miles or so, there are 2 restaurants that I can recommend highly:
1) Russian Tavern and Store, 121 Dreher Rd. in West Columbia. Excellent Russian food, a very thick borscht, and a wonderful thick mushroom soup which is a meal in itself. It’s best to call for a reservation Thurs-Sat, as it fills up pretty quickly. Tel. 796-4404.
2)Elie’s Mediterranean Deli, 1058 1/2 St. Andrews Rd., on the NW side of Columbia. Actually a full scale restaurant, albeit small. Excellent Lebanese food. Also the only place in town I can get Moroccan sardines. Tel. 798-9664.
There are a number of Korean restaurants in the Decker Rd. area , to the north of the fort. I can’t tell you anything about them, since I’ve never eaten at any.
There are also the usual chains.
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