Today, eat your way through Columbia, SC and try Southern favorites like shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and some delicious Carolina-based barbecue.

Here are six ways for foodies to experience Columbia, SC:

Doc's Barbeque & Southern Buffet
Try the BBQ
Serving up pulled pork drizzled in the region's unique mustard-base sauce, you won't get bored sampling the delicious offerings our barbecue restaurants have to offer. With places peppered throughout the region, like Doc's Barbecue & Southern BuffetLittle PigsHite's Bar-B-Que House and Hudson's Smokehouse and Saloon, it will be difficult to pick just one place to try.

Where to pig out: Barbecue Restaurants in Columbia, SC

DiPrato's Monday Special: Bacon & Pimento Cheese Burger
Grab a Burger -- Not Your Classic Burger
Columbia, SC is home to juicy burgers that have a Southern twist, like the pimento cheese burger. As best culinary experts can tell, the proper pimento cheese burger originated in Columbia, SC -- and since then, burger joints like Pawleys Front Porch (featured on the Food Network), Burger Tavern 77 and Rockaway Athletic Club, have perfected it. Restaurants like The Whig and DiPrato's Delicatessen are also known for their juicy burgers topped with anything from pimento cheese, fried eggs and jalapeño bacon to onion rings or fried green tomatoes. Need a little help picking a burger? Read our guide to burgers in Columbia, SC.

Where to dig in: Burger Joints in Columbia, SC

Jambalaya stuffed chicken wings from 2 Fat 2 Fly
Track Down a Food Truck
Some of the region's best food can be found on wheels. Dotted throughout the Columbia area and keeping their diners up-to-date on their locations via Facebook and Twitter, Columbia's food trucks, like Pawleys Mobile Eats, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels and 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings, won't be difficult to find.

Track 'em down: Food Trucks in Columbia, SC

The Oak Table
Wine and Dine
Grab a glass of red or white at Wine Down on Main and head to one of the area's top fine-dining restaurants for a delectable meal that is sure to leave you and your friends in one glorious food coma. With savory options like Main Street's The Oak Table overlooking the State House, Terra set to look across the Congaree River, Motor Supply Co. Bistro's craft cocktails and gourmet eats, Cola's Restaurant, Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe, there are options across the region.

Thirsty Fellow French Toast 
Brunch It
Brunch is a definite must-do here, especially on weekends, with Southern staples like shrimp & grits, banana pecan pancakes, omelets, french toast, salmon or crab cakes, breakfast burritos and more. Restaurants like Café StrudelCrepes and Croissants or The Gourmet Shop offer brunch in true culinary >Thirsty Fellow, Cafe CaturraSoda City Market@116 Espresso and Wine BarBlue Marlin Steaks & Seafood serve up brunch on weekends.

Where to brunch: Restaurants with brunch in Columbia, SC

Interactive cooking class with Charleston Cooks! in Cross Hill Market
Take a Cooking Class
Sampling everything the region has to offer is great, but learning to make them is even better. Visit Charleston Cooks!, 701 Whaley, University of South Carolina's McCutchen House or Let's Cook Culinary Studio and unleash your inner chef all the while learning how to whip up some adventurous and oh-so-tasty delights.

Find a class: Cooking Studios in Columbia, SC

Foodies: Did we miss your favorite spot? Leave us a comment and let us know. For more information about the Columbia region and a complete list of restaurants, visit