Main Street Cafe Bar & Grill's owners, the Trifos family, curate a menu that celebrates their Greek heritage and showcases laid-back European eats. Salty kalamata olives dot the 10-inch vegetarian pizza ($9.95), while the Zeus steak pita ($10.95) heroically piles thin slices of rib eye, mozzarella, and donair sauce higher than the summit of Mount Olympus ($7.95). Greek spices rain down upon the half roast lemon chicken ($10.95) and, on the bar bites menu, the greek nachos partner pita chips with gyro meat, tzatziki, and tiny Trojan horses made of feta cheese ($7.95).
Jeff Woodruff started Keg Cowboy in Houston as an Internet supplier of homebrewery gear, he told Patch. When his wife got a job in Lexington, he decided to bring his business along and open a storefront. He decked it out with all the same supplies that were once in his online store, supplementing them with a climate-controlled grain vault that keeps 55 varieties of yeast, 61 varieties of grain, and 21 varieties of hops fresh and free of pests and freeloading scarecrows. He finds himself delighted with the transition, saying "Lexington has great water—and great water makes great beer."
On Saturdays and Thursdays, homebrewing classes supply students with all the skills needed to begin making their own bottled beverages at home. Keg Cowboy also offers do-it-yourself kegerator and beer dispensing equipment for chilling and serving their home-brewed beverages. In addition to enhancing novice brewing abilities, Keg Cowboy houses its own craft beer tavern on the premises where patrons can sample a rotating stock of global beers which changes bi-weekly.
Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.
Shareable tapas make way for full-size burgers and pita pizzas at Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge, a cozy lunch spot that doubles as a buzzing nerve center for late-night revelry. Crab-bruschetta tapas ($10) crown crispy garlic toast with feta cheese and lump crabmeat, and pita-bread triangles dive into a creamy bath of paprika-dusted hummus ($5). After pinching the ceramic cheeks of their adorable small plates, diners can move on to entrees such as the bacon-stuffed Ego burger ($6.50–$8.50) and the ham- and pineapple-topped tropical pita pizza ($10). Both pair nicely with a signature cocktail or pave the way for the New York–style Ego cheesecake ($6), which comes drizzled with lines of Hershey’s syrup to form a facsimile of Manhattan’s subway map. Diners can take in the open air of Alter Ego's moonlit patio space or head inside to enjoy karaoke, open mics, and live bands or DJs on weekends.
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.