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Old 05-18-2015, 10:31 AM
 
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My husband and I will be in Columbia next week and would like some restaurant recommendations, specifically inexpensive (we're on a tight budget) places serving BBQ or Southern food. Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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My husband and I will be in Columbia next week and would like some restaurant recommendations, specifically inexpensive (we're on a tight budget) places serving BBQ or Southern food. Thanks!
Can you define inexpensive? That's a relative concept. Do you want to eat for less than $10 a head or $20?
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Sumter, SC
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If you are near downtown and looking for a good BBQ buffet with awesome veggies and fried chicken, I would suggest Palmetto Pig. It's all you can eat and its good!
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: WI
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one of our local faves when we lived there, especially for breakfast, was Lizard's Thicket (they have several locations around town). Very good food and inexpensive.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Just Us in Cayce for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Also Nathan's on Hampton Street for lunch and I think breakfast.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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I would not recommend Lizard's Thicket. It may have been good at some point, but the best that can be said of it today is it's cheap.

Spotted Salamander Café on Richland Street does a great lunch Monday through Friday. Bourbon on Main Street has good creole-inspired Southern food, and while it is not expensive, is not the cheapest option. Yesterday's in Five Points has a large menu and is affordable.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I have actually been impressed that apparently Lizard's Thicket has stepped up their game in their food preparation because of Columbia restaurants in general stepping up their game.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Lizard's Thicket is down home, not fancy food, inexpensive, no liquor license type place. It is where one goes to eat, not dine, not go out to dinner, etc. It is what it is and it is good at what it is.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Sumter, SC
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I can say this about Lizards Thicket........I worked in the foodservice industry in this area for over 20 years. Lizards Thicket has always been a customer of mine in one form or another over all those years. I can certainly verify that the quality of what they buy has declined over that same period of time. They used to be very careful about what they bought and if it was good, price was never an issue. However, over the last 10 years, whenever I had a conversation with them about a product, the first question they had about the product was the price. That was most important, before quality.

They still put out a decent spread. Not the best but still decent. A lot better than most meat and 3's. Another way they have saved money over the years is by reducing their portion sizes. You don't get today what you got 10 years ago.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Comptons in West Columbia for breakfast. Good, local,and fairly priced.
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