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Five Guys serves burgers, hot dogs, and fries that will hit the spot with all the toppings you can think of (and they're free!). Enjoy complimentary peanuts while you wait, but save room for your food - there will be lots of it. No place in town will give you so many fries and such huge burgers for your money.
Are you in the mood for the best Indian cuisine in Columbia? If so, Delhi Palace is the place to be. Fresh, authentic Indian food is served both buffet-style and from a traditional menu. The friendly staff and unique decorations will make you feel like you've taken a trip around the world.
If you're looking for a place other than The Pointe to take your date, Mellow Mushroom is the perfect spot. The cool, laid-back atmosphere and friendly service make it a great hangout any day of the week. Menu items range from salads to calzones to pizzas with portions large enough to share. You will leave full, so a walk around the state capitol building afterward might be a good idea.
I can't think of many things better than real Japanese food at a cost even college students can handle. Grilled Teriyaki offers just that - affordable Japanese food from an extensive menu of rice, meat, and vegetables. After a large meal at such a great price, check out the shops in Five Points - you'll have some extra cash.
Zoës may be cute and trendy, but it's not just for the ladies. The simple yet eclectic menu offers everything from wraps to kabobs to quesadillas to salads that will leave even the biggest appetites fully satisfied. Friendly employees and delicious food might just cause you to get hooked - be careful!
No question about it - Pizza Man is the best pizza joint downtown. Don't let the outside fool you; this pizza is no joke. Whether you want to create your own pizza or order off the menu, Pizza Man has it all. Also featured on the menu are wings, fries, sandwiches, and salad. The large slices of pizza and huge TVs make it an easy favorite for locals.
Best burritos in town - hands down (if you can let go of your food, that is). Moe's does Southwest food right with quesadillas, taco salad, burritos, nachos, and fajitas. Each item is cooked to order, meaning you can choose your own ingredients and toppings. Heaping portions and complimentary chips and salsa ensure you won't be leaving asking for more.
Any sports fanatic's dream, Wild Hare Sports Café has it all - the big game, great food, and lots of fun. Big screen TVs and patio seating make it a great spot to cheer on your favorite team. The huge menu (including a special lunch menu) is guaranteed to make even the pickiest eaters happy. Among the most popular items are the fajitas and the 35 cent shrimp served on Wednesdays.
Located conveniently on Main Street, Baker Brothers is an affordable alternative to fast food. With specialty sandwiches, salads, and soup, this deli is sure to be a favorite. The clean, comfortable atmosphere makes it a great place to hang out with friends. The fun location and energetic staff are sure to make your experience even more enjoyable.
The create-your-own stir-fry bar and phenomenal sushi bar at Red Bown Asian Bistro are a must if you're in the Sandhills area. A unique menu with lots of variety and huge portions will make any lover of Asian food very happy - and you won't have to travel very far to do it.
Have you had one too many midnight Waffle House runs and need something to make you feel healthy again? Great Wraps will do the trick. Hot wraps, grilled sandwiches, and delicious pitas will help you beat "the freshman 15" (and maybe even cancel out those McDonald's fries you ate last night). Great sides and drinks make it a meal at a price anybody can handle.
Excellent seafood cooked on a wood burning grill make Bonefish Grill a great option in the Harbison area. Friendly and efficient, the staff makes your meal well worth the money. You won't find better seafood anywhere in Columbia.
No one south of Buffalo does wings like Carolina Wings, so bring your appetite and don't wear your favorite shirt - you're going to get messy. Complete with big screen TVs, Carolina Wings is the perfect place for food and fun. Burgers and sandwiches are among menu items, but the wings are the real deal. With several sauce flavors to choose from, everyone is sure to leave happy.
A friendly, casual restaurant, Brixx has something for everyone. Brick oven pizzas are the most popular menu item, but delicious pasta, salad, sandwiches, and desserts are also worth trying - you won't regret it.
The Gourmet Shop, located in the heart of Five Points, offers high-class food at a price even college students can afford. Hummus, cheese plates, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and croissants are only a few of the many selections at this European café. On a nice day, maximize the experience by enjoying your food on the tables outside and then going for a walk around Five Points.
Located near the center of Five Points, the Pita Pit is the perfect spot for fresh food fast. Pita bread sandwiches, soup, and salad are featured on the menu. The fun atmosphere and variety of options make it a great hangout for college students.
Carrabba's is a favorite for fans of Italian. The complimentary bread and oil is hard to resist, but you'll want to save room for your meal. Delicious entrées, neat ambiance, friendly service, and beautiful music will undoubtedly make you feel like you're in Italy. Nothing like "world traveling" on a college student's budget!
Pizza. Buffet. Two words that were made for each other become a reality at CiCi's. Just down the road from campus, CiCi's Pizza offers an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet featuring a wide variety of pizzas, salad, and desserts. Some have traditional toppings, others not so traditional; but at CiCi's you'll be sure to find something everyone loves. One thing is for sure - you won't leave hungry!
Flat screen TVs in each booth. An endless supply of peanuts (and you can thrown the shells on the floor). It's a college student's paradise. Quality burgers, wraps, and sandwiches are served at a price that will make even the grumpiest roommate crack a smile.