A nonprofit organization designed to promote and improve the lively Columbia neighborhood, the Five Points Association has spearheaded many projects since the early 1980s, ranging from a large-scale streetscaping project to the construction of two fountains to yearly beautification updates. The group also organizes events to bring people to the landmark district—notably the Five After Five concert series and the city's Saint Patrick's Day festivities. Overall, the association, which comprises more than 100 members each year, works to balance the interests of the Five Points' merchants with those of residents and visitors.
Tokyo Grill’s chefs stand over sizzling grills, their furrowed brows illuminated by the dancing flames as they speedily prepare food that blends hibachi flavors with fast and casual dining. With swiftness and precision, they grill fresh vegetables alongside juicy strips of steak, cuts of chicken, and plump jumbo shrimp, then quickly plate the still-steaming meats atop beds of rice speckled with wedges of zucchini, slices of onion, and traces of fairy dust. Elsewhere in the kitchen, sushi chefs are equally hard at work, folding crabmeat and crisp cucumbers into sushi rolls.
Ismael and Silvia Villegas have been snipping off sprigs of cilantro and squeezing limes onto tacos inside Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant's kitchens since 1993. Beneath decorations such as papel picado and piñatas, staples such as chicken in mole sauce and tacos al pastor join specialties such as the Pollo Loco, a chicken breast topped with cream sauce and a medley of squash and other vegetables. The restaurant also shakes and blends specialty cocktails such as açaí cosmos and superfruit margaritas.
WG's Wings pairs their signature sauce-spun finger food with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Guests can cover wings in a choice of two dozen sauces and dry seasonings?including teriyaki lemon pepper, hot honey mustard, and Southern barbecue?which, according to the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports, and Tourism, are all made in-house. Other entrees include crispy chicken sandwich, chicken philly cheesesteaks, and chef salad.
Awarded Best New Restaurant of 2010 by Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Rosso Trattoria Italia serves fresh and rustic Italian dishes in an opulent, yet relaxed atmosphere. Rosso's menu features an array of antipasti, pastas, grilled meats, and wood-roasted dishes, all prepared with local and seasonal ingredients. Seat your entourage in dark leather chairs surrounding an elegantly lit table, and begin your chewing spree with antipasti, such as the steamed black mussels ($9). Or share a wood-fired brick-oven salsiccia pizza, topped with spicy sausage, mozzarella, and crushed tomato sauce ($12), in observance of pizza power.
Sonic Drive-in boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your horseless carriage by gracefully roller-skating carhops.
Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.19), and craft a creative meal out of sides like mozzarella sticks (five for $2.99), chili cheese tots ($2.59), ched' r' peppers' ($2.99), and onion rings ($2.19/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better dipped in ketchup. Cleanse your crumb-covered palate with a Sonic signature limeade ($2.09/medium) or a slush ($1.89/medium) in any combo of classic flavors like cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, or quantum particle, which tastes like everything yet strangely nothing. Once you've ordered from the comfy confines of your car or decommissioned lunar module, your all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of your roller-butler just in time to catch you tearfully singing along to "Forever Young."
Customers are welcome to feast in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.