During an era when fast-food dining and eating meals alone on the go seem to reign supreme, the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Dining Services is offering an alternative way to dine, starting Tuesday.
USC is set to open The Community Table at the university’s newest upscale student complex at 650 Lincoln. The 24-hour diner will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus created by the restaurant’s full-time chef, Eric Pearce.
Though the restaurant is clearly targeted at USC students, the public is invited as well. Its menu may attract diners of all ages. Entrees include citrus-glazed salmon, Lowcountry shrimp and grits and a pho noodle bowl. Salads, home fries, wings, pizzas and Gamecock cheesecake (New York style, topped with strawberries, raspberries and chocolate sauce) round out the menu’s lunch and dinner offerings, while an egg white omelet and Belgian waffles are among items offered for breakfast.
Restaurant managers are hoping its name resonates with students and others looking for a place for socialization and a sit-down meal, regardless of the hour.
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“The restaurant is designed for students who need a gathering spot,” Pearce said. “The two large tables in the restaurant serve as a get-together spot for large groups or study groups. The booth seating allows for friends to sit and lounge while studying together. Even the food is purposely made to share. With larger-than-normal portions, students can share their gourmet dishes with a friend.”
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