COLUMBIA — Now that you’ve had your lamb chops and spanakopita at Columbia’s Greek Festival, head on over to Cromer’s P-Nuts and Jamestown Java on Saturday for the second annual Peanut Palooza .
The businesses, at 1700 Huger St., will host more than a dozen food vendors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the “famously hot and hungry festival.”
Cromer’s held the first festival in May as a way to bring together local restaurants and bakeries so that Columbia residents could sample all the differing fares in one place, general manager Agata Chydzinski said.
Some might be familiar names, including DiPrato’s Delicatessen and Mother Shuckers cocktail sauce. Others, such as K&K Gourmet Sweets, are newer to the scene.
Jamestown Java, which recently moved from Lexington to space inside Cromer’s, also will be serving coffee, including its signature Palmetto Pecan Latte.
Customers also can venture inside to stock up on peanuts and popcorns for next week’s tailgating – since Carolina has a bye this Saturday and Clemson played Thursday night.
“This festival is about more than peanuts,” said Chydzinski, adding she hopes to host similar festivals quarterly. “We have some outstanding local restaurants and bakeries that are worth getting to know.”
Eat in at Sonic?
Sonic recently opened a sit-down version of its popular drive-in restaurants at 5417 Forest Drive. The restaurant, known for its milkshakes, flavored drinks and fast food, opened in a 7,000-square-foot former Hardee’s. It also offers its signature car-hop service at the location.
The Oklahoma City-based restaurant chain occasionally opens a sit-down store when conditions are right, spokesman Patrick Lenow said. It has 26 Midlands’ locations – including two other sit-down outlets in West Columbia and Batesburg-Leesville, he said.
Owned by franchisee the Irons Group, the 24-hour restaurant, which employs between 50 and 75 people, has a double drive-through and a porch for outdoor dining.