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One day a week: Revisit these Columbia favorites

A poster for Transmission Arcades Invasion at Curiosity Coffee.
A poster for Transmission Arcades Invasion at Curiosity Coffee. Submitted

Over the course of time we occasionally come to realize that the things we thought we understood, we only partly knew. Or that those things, since last reviewed, have changed. This applies to people, points of views, and in this case, places. Here are a few Columbia favorites that deserve a revisit.

Drink

When I first mentioned Hendrix I talked about its spacious rooftop bar. But what I didn’t mention was its bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Grab your friends and toast to this establishment’s hundred and forty years of history on Main Street with limitless breakfast cocktails. In addition to being one of the only bottomless brunches in town, Hendrix is reinventing midday dining with menu items like hot chocolate French Toast and potato hash with Spanish chorizo.

Where to find it: 1649 Main St. Brunch served 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Leisure

While you’re in the downtown area, relive history through Historic Columbia’s 14 acres of landscapes. The last time I discussed the Robert Mills Historic District was in regards to the annual scarecrow competition. Seasonally, so much has changed, so take time to re-walk a few of Columbia’s oldest buildings and see how these heritage sites have changed. No matter how many times you’ve been to one or more of these historic homes, there are always new programs being developed by Historic Columbia to keep residents learning and developing a deeper appreciation of their capital city.

Where to find it: 1616 Blanding St. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Fun

Curiosity Coffee Bar, a location that I once described as having something “to delight ages from one to 92” continues to live up to its endorsements. In celebration of Curiosity’s second anniversary in Columbia, Transmissions Arcade is invading this coffee house with vintage pinball machines like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Space Invaders, and Star Wars. From April 10-16 it’s free play all day with your choice of caffeinated or alcoholic beverage. Even if you’ve been to Curiosity before, you’ve never seen it quite like this.

Where to find it: 2327 Main St. Open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. April 10-13; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14.

Food

Many of you may remember my love note to Chef Mike Davis’ food once before, but that write up just didn’t cover all of the delicious food pairings Terra has to offer, specifically their Pizza and Pinot Wednesdays. For $14 diners get one glass of their featured Pinot paired with a specialty pizza. Not only is it a bargain not to be missed, their crispy wood oven pizzas are delicious. Make yourself a Wednesday regular and try a new pie every week — it’s a deal worth repeating.

Where to find it: 100 State St. Pizza and Pinot Wednesdays are from 5-10 p.m.

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