So what’s good here?
The name says it all: calzones. New York-style dough is stuffed full of ingredients like chicken, beef, pork, pepperoni, veggies and more.
Some calzones have basic names that convey the obvious: Philly steak has steak, green peppers, onions, mozzarella and American cheese. Others sport clever identities: Three Pigs has ham, bacon, sausage, Italian spices and mozzarella. The Gamecock is stuffed with a burger, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, onions, hot sauce and banana peppers.
On the lighter side, there are veggie calzones – even a Low-Cal, with “lots” of broccoli.
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For those who cannot decide from the extensive list of calzones, there a build-your-own calzone has a choice of five ingredients.
Dessert calzones are apple pie or cheesecake, with a choice of fruit or Nutella. The only other selections at this calzone-focused establishment are fries, tater tots, mozzarella sticks and wings.
How did Eddie’s Calzones get its start?
Late-night studying and partying prompted the opening of three Eddie’s Calzones in college towns: Athens, Georgia; Auburn, Alabama; and Columbia.
The goal is to offer always-fresh, never-frozen, filling food all day and into the wee hours. Customers can eat in, carry out, or request delivery until 4 a.m.
What does the place look like?
The garnet and black colors are an obvious sign that we’re in Gamecock country.
Interior booths, tables, and a narrow bar provide seating for around 30, while a patio seats another 10 or so, weather permitting.
Large signage touts: “Columbia Loves Calzones” and “Your Calzone Hookup.” The menu is a banner hanging from the ceiling. Eddie’s Calzones T-shirts are for sale at the cash register, and televisions blare movies or sports.
Who eats here?
Primarily college students, but professors, USC staff, white- and blue-collar workers, and some Five Points shoppers also enjoy Eddie’s.
Deena C. Bouknight, Special to Go Columbia
WHERE: 817 Harden St., Five Points
WHEN: 11a.m.-4 a.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-4 a.m. Sunday
COST: All calzones are $8.50.
INFO: 803-764-3669; www.eddies-calzones.com; Facebook