Welcome back to me. Last week was wild – what with birthday parties, out of town guests and fundraisers – but ultimately successful on all counts.
Taqueria El Rodeo: Really went out of their way to make my 5 year-old’s birthday dinner special. We had fourteen guests (including four little ones) and commanded virtually the entire center of the restaurant – and were made to feel right at home. They even rolled out a tablecloth and brought out – unordered – churros for dessert. Love this place.
Murry’s, Sycamore and the best grocery-store ribs in town after the jump…
Sycamore: With visions of spring dancing before me I ordered the arugula salad – usually a hit – but this time with celery root. A little celery root goes a long way; this was a heap…and the arugula was pretty punchless too. Not my best lunch there, but hey, not even Sycamore can be perfect every time. I’ll be back soon.
Murry’s: Columbia’s power hangout never gets old for me. They rotate affordable pours of great beer (like Rogue Dead Guy Ale) and serve excellent, reliable food. The chicken poblano is one of the most addictive dishes in town.
Eastgate: The grocery store is a little long in the tooth, it’s true. But the meat manager oversees the production of some very good ribs (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Also, smoked chickens are available every afternoon and would make for a quick, delicious dinner. Call to confirm: (573) 449-1000.