These 7 restaurants recently opened in Columbia SC

Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint opened in Colombia in February.

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint opened in Colombia in February.

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Trying new restaurants can often be a fun and exciting experience. However, Columbia is full of restaurants and new ones are opening all the time, so it’s understandable that you sometimes have a hard time keeping track of them all.

Below are five restaurants that have opened in the Columbia area in the past five months. Maybe one of them piques your interest.

Falafel King

The Falafel King opened in February at 2020 Gervais St. in Columbia’s Five Points shopping district.

The restaurant offers a varied menu which includes falafel wraps, gyros, chicken shawarma wraps, curry bowls, Damascus hummus, a host of Al-Amir bowls and a number of pizzas, traditional pies pepperoni lovers to an offer of Turkish fatayer.

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Jack Brown’s opened Feb. 21 at 711 Harden Street in the former Cover 3 building. The restaurant chain was founded in 2009 in Harrisonburg, Va., by childhood friends Aaron Ludwig and Mike Sabin. The 2,400 square foot Harden Street spot is the chain’s first location in South Carolina. Jack Brown’s has 15 locations throughout the Southeast.

Jack Brown’s serves Wagyu beef, also known as American-style Kobe beef, from Snake River Farms in Boise, Idaho. The beef comes from crossing Japanese Wagyu cattle with continental breeds to produce a rich, buttery texture when cooked.

Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian

Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian Ice opened at 2250 Sunset Blvd. suite M at West Columbia in February.

The pizzeria menu offers a multitude of New York-style thin-crust or gluten-free cauliflower-crust pizzas. Customers can customize their pies with traditional toppings or check out some of the shop’s specialty pizzas.

The list of specialty pies includes, among others, Flamethrower (marinara, mozzarella, bacon, hot cherry peppers, fresh jalapeno, hot honey and red pepper) and Uncle Paulie (marinara, mozzarella, sliced ​​meatballs, roasted red peppers, fresh basil and warm honey).

The restaurant also offers stromboli, calzones, salads, garlic knots and more.

And for those in the mood for something sweet, Cucinella’s offers homemade, handmade Italian gelato and gelato. Soft serve flavors include Lemon, Cherry, Strawberry, Mango, Pineapple, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peanut Butter, and Cream Cookies.

Boku kitchen and living room

Boku Kitchen and Saloon opened earlier this year at 916 Gervais Street in the downtown Vista neighborhood.

The Pan-Asian restaurant’s menu features a robust selection of noodles, along with entrees such as honey chicken and kimchi fried rice. It also offers a number of salads and soups and several small plates, including calamari, Hong Kong ribs, Rangoon crab and edamame, among others. The spot will also feature a full bar.

Peebles Barbecue and Wings

Peebles opened its second location at 902-B Gervais Street in the Vista Entertainment District in February. Peebles has long had a restaurant on Rosewood Drive.

The restaurant offers a plethora of menu items including wings with many flavors, ribs, BBQ sandwiches, catfish po’boys, fried shrimp, cheese steaks and more. It also offers boiled peanuts, a South Carolina favorite, on its entree menu.

This story was originally published March 16, 2022 11:53 a.m.

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