Whether you’re a culinary connoisseur or consider ramen the ultimate delicacy, Columbia has a wide variety of popular restaurants for all kinds of tastes.
If there’s an iconic pizza joint known among locals, it’s Shakespeare’s! Even ABC’s Good Morning America gave their culinary nod by recognizing it as one of the best college hangouts in the U.S. and based on the frequent order of The Masterpiece, it’s a well-deserved title. Picture this: red onions, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage, lean ground beef, and lots of cheese! No lie, it’s two pounds worth of veggie and meat goodness, so grab that slice (or a fork) and enjoy!
3911 Peachtree Drive
225 S. Ninth St.
Looking for some good barbecue? Visit the renowned pitmasters at Buckingham Smokehouse and check out what’s being served on their 5,000-pound smoker fired by hickory wood that gives tender meats its distinct flavor. Beef brisket, pulled pork, pit ham, turkey, baby back ribs, chicken, and hot links are all slow-smoked to perfection and can be ordered with a number of tasty sides, such as deep-fried corn on the cob, horseradish coleslaw, and more. This place is worth visiting, especially because it’s received Inside Columbia Magazine’s Best of Columbia Award 10 years in a row!
3804 Buttonwood Drive
This legendary place has roots that go all the way back to 1939, so the history combined with an exquisite menu of New Orleans-style flavors give people what Glenn’s Cafe likes to call “a little piece of Southern Americana wrapped up in a Midwest comfort food tradition”. Their slow-cooked seasoned prime rib and seafood gumbo are divine! Make sure to also check out brunch and order the New Orleans French toast — a savory bite of cranberry walnut pain perdu drizzled with maple bacon syrup.
29 S. Eighth St.
Located in the heart of Columbia, The Berg is a popular place for patrons to kick back and enjoy a really good meal indoors or on their year-round patio. Menu favorites include fried pork loin, German potato salad, and a killer Reuben sandwich stacked with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on grilled marble rye with Thousand Island dressing on the side. And their desserts? The black and white cheesecake and their blackberry or peach cobblers are a must!
410 S. Ninth St.