Dining out: October 2, 2009

Mac's On Main is proud to be serving Harlem Brewing Company's Sugar Hill Golden Ale. Harlem Brewing was begun by Celeste Beatty in her Harlem apartment after a friend gave her a beer kit as a gift. Beatty took her love of cooking and began experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. She has since become a brewmaster and marketer, growing a national brand. The Sugar Hill Golden Ale is described by Chef Barry Walker as "lighter than the normal stout ale with a smooth finish that goes with just about anything." Open for lunch and dinner, Mac's is at 1710 Main St., (803) 929-0037. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday.

Pizza! Pizza! Forest Acres now has two new pizza places. The Village Idiot took over the old Paulie's Pizza location at 4517 Forest Drive, and The Pizza Joint has opened in the old Italian Pie spot at 3246 Forest Drive.

The Village Idiot started out in Five Points in 1990 serving New York-style pizza, and this is its second location. The menu offers specialty pies and by-the-slice options, sandwiches and salads. Delivery available. (803) 787-5005 or

The Pizza Joint is the first Columbia area location in this small chain from Evans, Ga. This restaurant also serves New York-style pizza and has signature pies, sandwiches and salads, plus 24 beers on tap. (803) 454-1743,

Kids eat free at Picadilly's. Children ages 6 and younger eat free every day starting at 4 p.m., with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids ages 12 and younger eat for 99 cents 11a.m.-4 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Kid's meals include an entree, two side dishes and a drink. Adult entrees start at $4.99. There are two Columbia locations: Dutch Square and Columbia Mall.


Solstice Kitchen , 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, features Comfort Food Mondays, when everything on the special menu is $15 or less. A sampling of last Monday's menu choices: buttermilk-fried grouper fish and chips, ribeye Philly cheesesteak and chicken and rice. The restaurant also is working on a kid's menu. The new fall menu has been posted at (803) 788-6966

Rosso Trattoria Italia in Trenholm Plaza features a happy hour oyster roast Monday and Tuesday nights with oysters three ways for $9. (803) 787-3949 or

Every Tuesday in October, Ristorante Divino will feature Chef Fulvio's Lowcountry bouillabaisse featuring fresh fish, mussels, clams, calamari and shrimp in a light saffron sauce served with linguini, garlic toast and Divino salad for $26.96. Ristorante Divino is at 803 Gervais St., (803) 799-4550. Reservations accepted.

Fatz Cafe locations have updated their menus to add a side and choice of soup or salad to all rib and beef entrees.

Dairy Queen's Blizzard of the Month is Pumpkin Pie. Available through October, this flavorful treat is made with Libby's pumpkin pie mix and flaky bits of pie crust blended with the DQ's soft serve vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped topping and a pinch of nutmeg.