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Solstice Kitchen owner and executive chef Ricky Mollohan takes pride in crafting creative seasonal menus while working closely with local suppliers to ensure ingredients are as fresh as possible. Start taste buds tingling with a table-side beef tartare served with parsley-caper salad, worcestershire, black pepper, red-wine mustard, and Manchester Farms quail egg ($14), before moving on to indulgent entrees such as olive-oil-seared wild salmon tamed with horseradish-black-pepper cream, wild-mushroom and goat-cheese risotto, port-wine reduction, and a salad made from friendly local herbs ($19). While Solstice boasts an expansive wine and cocktail list, guests who prefer a familiar libation are welcome to tote their own favorite potent to the restaurant's cozy yet modern dining room for a $15 corking fee, or the equivalent value in cubic zirconia. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m.

841 Sparkleberry Ln
Columbia,
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Trustus, which was named Best Local Theater Company of 2010 by the Free Times, is a 25-year-old theater company that stages innovative, contemporary plays fresh off New York’s stages. Reasons to Be Pretty is one of the latest works from writer, film director, and tragicomedy master Neil LaBute, whose filmography includes Nurse Betty and In the Company of Men. Reasons to Be Pretty is the final installment of LaBute’s trilogy of plays dealing with beauty and physical appearance. When Greg mentions that his girlfriend Steph has a few physical imperfections, she erupts with rage, causing him to ponder society’s emphasis on looks, love, and lacy mittens.

520 Lady St
Columbia,
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Schooners' menu crafts a variety of flavor vessels for delivering hearty tastes down esophageal estuaries. Dip a toe in with an order of wings lounging in sauce soaks of teriyaki or lemon pepper (6 for $4.49), or wade out of the shallows with a seafood salad featuring seasoned crab and lobster ($6.59).

6226 Bush River Rd
Columbia,
SC
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The State newspaper recommended The Whig. Yelpers give it an average of four stars and 78% of Urbanspooners like it.

1200 Main St
Columbia,
SC
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Foxfield Bar and Grille's flame wizards sizzle up locally grown ingredients to create sumptuous spreads, and professional pourers furnish chalices with a wide variety of cocktails, wines, and beers. A three-cheese panini ($6.50) swaddles a trifecta of provolone, cheddar, and swiss cheeses, and a plate of local shrimp and grits ($7.50) come crowned with house-made gravy—an even more delicious dressing than its cousin, garage-made gravy. A smoked salmon-and-cream-cheese bagel ($7.25) tenderly tackles appetites with the assistance of capers and red onions. In addition to specially selected wines, beers and sake, Foxfield's bartenders concoct a menu of classic and specialty cocktails such as the acai-spirit-based ave maria ($6) and the french kiss vodka martini ($7) made with Chambord and pineapple.

406 Howard St
Columbia,
SC
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The Workshop Theatre of South Carolina keeps theater-goers guessing with its rousing rendition of Victor/Victoria. A musical romp based on the 1982 movie starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria follows the fate of a woman posing as a female impersonator in 1930s Paris.

1136 Bull St
Columbia,
SC
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