Columbia’s hamburger restaurants are like the city itself-- a place where tradition meets creativity in a way that keeps you coming back for more.
Don’t believe us? Look no further than the pimento cheeseburger, the South’s take on the traditional cheeseburger, created right here in Columbia in the 1960s. You can find it on the menu in just about every hamburger restaurant in town, including Rockaway Athletic Club in Rosewood and Henry’s Restaurant and Bar in Five Points.
Going to Henry’s means you’ll be faced with a difficult decision. The Carolina burger with pimento cheese and bacon or their signature burger, which has been featured on Southern Living’s top 10 burgers? Our suggestion? Bring a friend, order both, and split them.
If you’re looking for something that pushes the boundaries a little further, try Pawley’s more creative burgers that use ingredients like grape jelly (trust us, it’s delicious) and time-honored southern favorites, like fried green tomatoes –oh, and did we mention they’re all named after places in South Carolina?
Looking for something with a little kick? We suggest you head over to The Whig at the corner of Main Street and Gervais Street. It’s located under the ABC News building—and we really mean under it. Head down the stairs below the street level to the self-described dive bar and choose between their spicy pimento cheese burger or the Whig burger topped with sriracha aioli.
Sometimes you just want something quick so you can get back out on the town. You can choose from national chains, or you can choose a local favorite like Rush’s—a delicious and efficient burger joint that Columbia natives have been enjoying for over half a century.
No matter where you go, you’ll find your traditional favorites right next to a uniquely Columbia option—and you can’t go wrong with either.
So, dig in--and don’t forget to save room for the sweet potato fries!