Takosushi’s primarily Asian menu of sushi and sashimi cozies up to the cross-cultural flavors of the southwest for eclectic gustatory adventure. A starter of tempura asparagus spears slathered in teriyaki and Takosushi sauce slices through hunger pangs, and a goat-cheese quesadilla ($10.95) envelops meaty portabella between crisp tortillas. Dive mouth first into a plethora of makimono rolls, including the teriyaki-glazed shrimp, crab, and avocado of a Crazy roll ($11.95 for 6–8 pieces) and the Unforgettable roll’s apple-mayo sauce nestled alongside shrimp tempura, tuna tartare, and cream cheese ($11.95) for a taste more surprising than learning that, in the future, people get fired by fax. Other stomach silencers include the Firecracker shrimp or tilapia ($13.95), which fries the eponymous seafood in tempura batter before drizzling it with a sweet-chili-and-teriyaki sauce. Patrons consult their astrological charts to decide between soft or crispy corn shells or flour tortillas when it comes to heaping green-chili beef brisket or lime pork into tacos ($14.95).
The eclectic assortment of unique pizzas and salads at zpizza houses all manner of fresh, health-conscious ingredients. The Thai pie lets spicy chicken splash with carrots and bean sprouts in a pool of peanut sauce, and the Casablanca hosts a color-coordinated collection of artichoke hearts, ricotta, and mushrooms atop roasted garlic sauce. Wheat- or a dairy-free, certified organic crust waits eagerly to pinch hit for every pizza on the menu including the Berkeley Vegan topped with veggie burger crumbles, vegan cheese, and, like a farmer daughter’s tea parties, hosts five different vegetables.
The State and DiscoverSouthCarolina.com featured The Oyster Bar Columbia and its signature cocktail sauce, Mother Shucker's Original. Four Yelpers give it an average of five stars, and five Citysearchers give it an average of 3.5 stars. Seven Yahoo Travelers give it an average of four stars.
Rock 'n' roll of the '60s and '70s floats out from the sound system at Peace Love & Rocky Roast as people sip freshly brewed java among walls bedecked with Woodstock memorabilia, a colorful hand-painted mural, and several flat screen TVs. Owners and reunited high school sweethearts Butch Allen and Desa Ballard recently opened Peace Love & Rocky Roast's doors to share the aromas of freshly roasted coffee and tales of a romance more enduring than the love between child and his brother's train set. An enormous coffee roaster takes center stage behind the café counter, where beans are heated to build flavor for large cups of the house blend. Patrons can chat up a friendly barista while sitting in a tall-legged chair at the bar or unwind in one of several cushy armchairs made with real arms. Though not included with today's deal, Peace also offers a menu of breakfast and dinner munchables and showcases casefuls of cakes, cookies, and more than 15 flavors of gelato.
Offering more than 30 healthy, handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as the cold chicken-cobb roll, the chicken caesar roll, or the hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6-inch or 12-inch varieties ($3.95/$6.25). The hot-grilled spinach stuffer, a vegetable menagerie filled with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions, coated in melted swiss and cheddar cheeses, and served with a side of honey mustard ($3.75/$5.75), is enough to soothe any veggie lover's grumbling food sack. Roly Poly also serves up an array of mouthwatering salads ($5.95–$6.95) and soups ($2.95/cup, $3.95/bowl) for crisp-craving chompers and liquid-loving lappers alike.
J. Gumbo's of SC embraces the spirit of Cajun food and culture, serving up gumbo and sweet tea to the tune of creole and Cajun beats. Slow-cooked gumbo simmers for more than four hours, before piling into bowls over tender chicken, smoked sausage, and rice. The authenticity of the eating experience is furthered by Louisiana-born products such as Abita root beer, Zapp's chips, and the kind of flat-screen TV preferred by most gators. The eatery also offers less traditional options such as NOLA nachos, which feature an amalgam of drunken chicken, white chili, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream.
SakiTumi's menu of sushi and international grilled grub is crafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients. The culinary curtain rises for opening acts of edamame ($4), which recite moving soliloquies of soybeans and pink Hawaiian sea salt. The Cali roll ($5) serves up an exciting head-on collision between Osaki crab, avocado, and cucumber, while the rainbow roll ($15) presents a palatable spectrum of crab, salmon, and tuna that leads to golden gems of eel. The Fire Island roll on soy paper ($14) is a SakiTumi specialty, featuring tempura shrimp and avocado, topped with diced tuna pieces that are mixed with a sassy sriracha sauce. A variety of grilled goodies are sensitive to recovering fish fiends, who can sink their mouth bones into the meaty Kobe burger ($12) or brawl with the Sapporo steak ($18), which comes armed with asparagus spears and a mashed potato posse.