A Guide to International Cuisine in Columbia SC
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
You’ll find a lot more than Southern food in Columbia. This region’s vibrant and diverse community can be seen in the wide variety of international cuisine. Prepare to be delighted by the stunning presentation at Bodhi Thai Dining, enjoy a mix of Bangkok street food and classic favorites at Kao Thai Cuisine, traditional Thai dishes at Mai Thai Cuisine or snap up some quick carryout from Duke’s Pad Thai.
Korean favorites like bibimbap, bulgogi and japchae noodles await at 929 Kitchen & Bar while Arirang Korean Restaurant will shock you with the barrage of small plates they bring to your table before you can even get to your meal.
Who doesn’t like Italian? Get your fill with moderately portioned pasta dishes that will leave you full, but comfortable at Il Giorgione, family favorites Alodia’s Cucina Italiana or amidst history at the oldest restaurant in the state Villa Tronco.
Transport yourself to the Caribbean at Island Grill, where you can stock up on the Jamaican jerk chicken, oxtails, patties, plantains, their special Island Curry Goat and more. Or enjoy Southern food with a Caribbean twist at Legacy Caribbean Bar & Grill. Be sure to catch their Island Brunch on Sundays.
If it’s authentic Mexican cuisine you’re after, then you’re in luck. Both Real Mexico and Moctezuma Taqueria are go-tos. For an elevated Mexican culinary experience, head over to Coa Agaveria y Cocina where family recipes and craft cocktails are full of flavors from regions across Mexico. At La Estrella in Cayce, find signature and authentic Mexican favorites or stock up on ingredients at their grocery store and prepare your own feast at home.
Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Kebabs, Butter Lamb, Paneer, curry, naan, samosas, basmati rice – 2 Gingers has all this and more and will have you coming back time and time again to load up on these detectable Indian dishes.
When the Mediterranean cravings strike, there are ample options ready to sate you. Noma Bistro Mediterranean Grill by Al-Amir, Green Olive, Arabesque on Devine, Mediterranean Tea Room, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café have all the grape leaves, hummus, falafel, gyros, labneh, tabbouleh and Damascus bread you could ever dream of.
We hope you like leftovers, because you’ll leave Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant with plenty. With dumplings, Lo Mein, fried rice and Chop Duey on the menu, it’s impossible to narrow it down, so just go ahead and order it all. Pro tip: order ahead for the Peking Duck with plum sauce.
Ever tried Ethiopian food? You’re in for a treat at Harambe in Five Points where injera bread soaks up all the flavors of spicy chicken stew, tofu tibs, stir fried beef, tomatoes and onion. For a taste of West Africa, travel to Northeast Columbia’s Mimsy’s Restaurant – a vegan American/ West African fusion restaurant featuring dishes like fufu and egusi, waakye and goat stew and Ghanaian goddess salad.