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 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.
The Big Ugly synthesizes small plates of Cajun-centric fare with a fully stocked bar and the spinning sounds of house DJs. Recall summer nights spent gadding about New Orleans by munching on Bourbon Street gumbo—a medley of sausage, crawfish, peppers, onions, and celery in a spiced stew ($9)—or stifle angsty hunger pangs with fried-green tomatoes layered with goat cheese, homemade marinara, and capped with parmesan and parsley ($8). Alligator bites fried in the Cajun tradition arrive at tables served with chipotle mayo ($8), perfect for practicing gator wrestling in a controlled setting. The Big Ugly’s dim interior lighting casts a romantic mood on an elegantly elongated bar and hardwood floors. Quaff a Fat Tire or Magic Hat #9 on the open-air outdoor patio replete with its own bar while relaxing or listening to the witty banter of nearby wood nymphs.
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.