What You'll Get
Today's deal for Mr. Friendly's is no longer available, but check out this deal we've unearthed for Canvas on Demand.
Welcome to Groupon, Columbia! For our inaugural deal, you get $30 worth of dinner fare for $15, or $15 worth of lunch eats for $7 at Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe. Since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Columbia: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (20 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons or redeem them with our mobile app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires—today's expires in six months. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's deal to Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe presents another option when there are no illusionists handy. Choose from the following two options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare and drinks.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of lunch fare and drinks.
Originally a sandwich and cookie shop, Mr. Friendly’s has evolved into a sophisticated, yet casual bistro, where neighborhood locals come to sample new Southern cuisine made with fresh ingredients, ocean-fresh fish, and genuine flair. Dinner starters of buttermilk-fried pickles with sherry-cayenne mayo ($7) or fried yellow Adluh grits mingled with herb goat cheese, roasted garlic, and barbecue vinaigrette ($7.50) put contemporary twists on Southern favorites, much like an auto-tuned Foghorn Leghorn. For the pinnacle of down-home decadence, however, order an entree of Mr. Friendly’s famous bacon-wrapped filet mignon accompanied by its equally renowned French Quarter pimiento cheese, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed veggies ($26). The peach-mustard barbecue-glazed Atlantic salmon and its retinue of Falls Mill stone-ground creamy grits ($18) treat seafarers to the most tongue-tickling fish dish since chocolate-covered kraken. The lunch menu focuses more on sandwiches and classic plates, such as Mississippi catfish ($11), as well as hefty bowls of greenery, such as the Charleston chicken salad—a mouth-moistening mélange of curried chicken breast, peach chutney, toasted almonds, frenetic dancing, and honey-dijon dressing ($9.75).
Mr. Friendly’s enormous selection of wines by the bottle and by the glass has garnered much admiration and can be overwhelming to newcomers. Luckily, the staff will use its full Southern hospitality to help you navigate this wine-dark sea so that you don’t fall victim to its various Sirens and Charybdises. Otherwise, keep it simple with a sweet-tea martini ($6), and admire the vibrant artwork from local artists that adorns the wainscoted walls. With its chic, low-key romantic ambience, Mr. Friendly’s is considered one of Columbia’s best places for a first date—though it’s also a pretty good place to ditch a first date in favor of Jessica Biel at the next table.
Columbia Metropolitan magazine named Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe Best Restaurant in Columbia in 2010. The Free Times picked Mr. Friendly's as the runner-up in four categories in its Best of Columbia 2010 feature: Best Restaurant, Best Place for a First Date, Best Southern Restaurant, and Best Service. Frommer's very highly recommends Mr. Friendly's, and 10Best named it Editor's Pick.
- In the downtown business district, this award-winning bistro is hailed by many food critics as one of the finest and most innovative restaurants in South Carolina -- and we concur. – Frommer's
- Southern cooking has a few trademark dishes, and Mr. Friendly's, under the same ownership as Solstice and Gervais & Vine, excels with a more upscale, occasionally innovative version of the classics. – 10Best
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 5, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Limit 1 per table. Valid only toward option purchased. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.