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Holidays were meant for barbecue

David Hite shows off the chicken he is preparing in the pits at Hite’s Bar-B-Que in West Columbia. In a typical weekend, the restaurant will serve 300-400 chickens.
David Hite shows off the chicken he is preparing in the pits at Hite’s Bar-B-Que in West Columbia. In a typical weekend, the restaurant will serve 300-400 chickens. sardis@thestate.com

Memorial Day is here and that means … BARBECUE!!!

Earlier this year, the staff of Go Columbia completed a grueling lunch and dinner barbecue marathon over four days (we could have done more, but we were on deadline). Unfortunately, in our haste, we left a few really good places off the original list of places to dine.

Admitting the error of our ways, here are some more local favorites and what makes them special:

Little Pigs has been around since 1963. The buffet line is legendary with barbecue, ribs, pork chops, chicken, wings, fish and hash … and that’s just the meats. Dine-in, take-out, bulk orders and catering – they do it all. There’s even a 24-hour catering hotline: (803) 318-6682. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, 4927 Alpine Road, (803) 788-8238, www.littlepigs.biz

Size Matters BBQ Bus: OK, not a brick-and-mortar stop, but you must track these guys down and try their creative use of ’cue. Pulled-pork nachos, salads and sandwiches, and occasional non-barbecue items such as shrimp-and-crawfish cheese grits and steamed Cajun crawfish. Usually found at Soda City on Saturdays and at HEMI Food Truck Court in West Columbia during the week, find their schedule on Facebook.com/sizemattersbbq or call (803) 605-1194.

Hite’s BBQ in West Columbia is old-school, wood-fired pork and chicken from a family of pitmasters who have been keeping the ’cue fires burning for more than 50 years. Customers have been known to camp out in the parking lot and form a line a block long to get barbecue on holiday weekends. Open Friday and Saturday only, 240 Dreher Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-4120, www.hitesbbq.com

Related: All barbecue, all the time; 8 Columbia restaurants we tried

Related: The ‘new’ ’cue in South Carolina

New restaurants

Roly Poly Sandwiches is set to open Friday, Sept. 16 at 5076 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington’s McCauley Square. Operating a Roly Poly will be nothing new for mother and daughter owners Rebekah Hilbish and Lisa Hilbish, who have operated the restaurant’s Columbia location at Sumter and Lady streets with dad/husband Dave, since 1997.

Across town, Lexington residents should be able to enjoy some fresh Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee by Halloween, when the chain’s newest area location opens at U.S. 378 and U.S. 1, according to Carolinas Retail Partners broker in charge Hance Jones.

Restaurant closings

Macaroni Grill at 148 Harbison Blvd. closed unexpectedly. Attempts to reach the national chain’s spokesperson were unsuccessful.

Stephano’s in Lexington has closed after Stephen and Karen Lollis decided to retire after 40 years in business. New owners Blair and Ashley Sims plan to open The Root Cellar eatery specializing in locally grown meats and produce at the Columbia Avenue location.

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