Columbia SC Guide to Tailgate Food
Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:00 AM by Kelly Barbrey
Whether you are a veteran Columbia SC tailgater or are rolling into town for the first time with team colors blazing, we welcome you to the home of some of the finest tailgating around.
Perhaps you are in charge of bringing just one signature dish to share. Wow your tailgate mates with one of these Columbia SC favorites as your contribution.
Stop by Cromer’s new location in NOMA The Trestle District for legendary boiled peanuts (they’ve been serving them up since 1935, in addition to popcorn, cotton candy and more). Or visit Soda City Market on Main Street and scoop up some goodies to share from Boiled PNUTS Y’all.
Columbia SC has the pimento cheese game going so strong that we actually have a Pimento Cheese Passport to showcase restaurants that prepare this Southern spread exceptionally well. Grab a takeaway tub from DiPrato’s along with their savory pita chips or a pile of sandwiches from Mathias Sandwich Shop.
Chicken, Three Ways
Tenders/Strips: Chicken strips from Lizard’s Thicket are clutch if you have oodles of hungry kids hanging around your tailgate spot. Multiple locations around the Midlands makes pick-up a breeze, no matter which direction you're coming from.
Perhaps you are in charge of the whole shebang including the sweet tea and tablecloth. Bless your heart!
The solution for you may be ordering everything in one fell swoop. Check out the tailgating menus from Bone-In BBQ, which include specials like the Carnivore Platter, which feeds 15-20 football fans with pulled pork, smoked brisket, ribs, smoked wings and all the trimmings. Hudson’s Classic Catering, Doc’s Barbeque, Spotted Salamander, Seawell’s and Lizard’s Thicket have been providing trusted, tasty tailgates for locals for years and have their menus down to a science. Now all you have to worry about is the bar!