While the lineup of restaurants sponsoring True/False this year is impressive, they simply scratch the surface of what downtown Columbia offers in the way of food. Here are some other local favorites…and please set me straight in comments.
Sycamore Restaurant – Much of the best food in town comes out of Sycamore’s kitchen. That should be enough. If you need a T/F tie-in, the place is called Sycamore (“trees/forest,” etc.). Whatever. Try: Pork, braised short ribs, salads…hell, try anything.
El Rancho: Delishagross “Mexican” food served to drunk people. Likely to be a line out the door late. Try: One more beer, your Spanish skills, cheese enchiladas, Tylenol.
Broadway Brewery: Reports have it that the off-menu barley wine is excellent, but I almost always think the food surpasses the brew here. Try: Peasant Platter, Polenta Plate, pizzas.
Saigon Bistro: Wait times could be a problem if you’re in a hurry and they’re packed. Still, a newcomer worth considering. Try: Pho, curry tofu, bun bo hue.
Coffee Zone: Great coffee and a nice grab-and-go-friendly menu. Try: Hummus, falafel, Rocket Fuel coffee.
Broadway Diner: It’s not actually on Broadway anymore, but this generational favorite has been serving the hungover and the soon to be hungover for decades. Try: To find them not open, the world’s worst coffee, The Stretch – the single greatest thing to happen to breakfast since eggs benedict.
C.J.’s: It’s a wings place. A lot of people like them. Try: The wings.
Sub Shop: Been around for years and the devoted following is well-earned. Try: The Vegetarian with bacon (yes), homemade chips.
9th Street Deli: A nice low-key little deli with one of Columbia’s best sandwiches. Try: The 9th Street Special.