What’s good here?
Tombo is known for its daily specials and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Many menu items are made from locally grown produce and Tombo is a member of the Certified SC Grown initiative: Fresh on the Menu.
Some of the regional suppliers to the restaurant include Heritage Farms in Ballentine, Adluh Flour in Columbia and Wil-Moore Farms in Lugoff. Recently, Tombo featured – as Small Bites – Fried Chicken Livers with Cracked Pepper Gravy, Adluh Grits, and Fried Leeks.
Fried Brussels sprouts are served with a béarnaise sauce. Freshly Grown Farms in Columbia supplies the mixed greens for one of Tombo’s salads – with salt roasted beets; on this salad is feta from Split Creek in Anderson. The salad is served with a citrus vinaigrette. Recent entrees were Roasted Palmetto Farms Hen Dumplings, Pan Jus and Roasted Corn Sauce, and Beer Braised Berkshire Pork Shank with Grilled Root Vegetable Risotto.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese is like nothing grandma ever made: with gouda fontina cream. Certified Angus beef burgers can be served a variety of ways. There are seafood, chicken, pork, and beef dishes as well as daily special pizzas. Tombo Grille also features beers and wines. Mondays are $9 burger and a beer nights, while Tuesdays are $5 pizzas and $15 bottles of wine nights.
How does it appeal as a neighborhood restaurant?
Strategically located in Forest Acres, surrounded by a myriad of neighborhoods, schools and shops, Tombo Grille draws locals regularly. Comfort food with a gourmet flair – much like what is offered at its sister restaurant, Motor Supply, in the Vista – brings in nearby residents for casual or formal dining. Since 2002, it has been a meeting place.
What does the place look like?
What appears as just a small, friendly, neighborhood hangout is sophisticated and elegant within its interior. Rich hues and soft lighting create an ambiance of intimacy – whether for private conversations or small groups. There are tables and books tucked behind walls and partitions; large paintings – some for sale – decorate walls. A focal point is a large bar where guests gather before their meal – or regularly meet with friends and neighbors during the week and weekends.