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Answered: These Columbia restaurants come with a side of nostalgia

COLAtoday readers shared which local restaurants + meals spark deep nostalgia — and we think you’ll agree.


Rockaway’s famous pimento cheese burger — oh how us locals miss it.

Photo by @forrestclonts

Earlier this month, we asked: Which Columbia restaurant or meal sparks the most nostalgia for you? Maybe it’s a place that’s long gone, or one you haven’t been to in a while.

Piece of cake, right? COLAtoday readers sent us food for thought — let’s stroll down memory lane.

Rockaway Athletic Club + Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern

  • Both of these now defunct gems were among the most popular Cola spots that hold nostalgia, including on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. “This is the only right answer,” said @thecrediblehulk803.
  • Myers T. is nostalgic for the cheeseburger and pimento cheese fries from Rockaway, while @ralexsmith4 shouted out Rockaway’s pimento burger. Dozens of locals agreed. Truly, there was nothing like Rockaway’s pimento cheese — come back to us.
  • Yesterdays brings back mouthwatering memories: Phyllis O. misses the meatloaf while Irish P. dreams of the country fried steak. Jeffrey S. remembers the Arkansas Traveler and Chicken + Grits.

The former Yesterdays restaurant.

Photo via @fivepointssc

Other spots

  • The Whig (RIP, sweet friend) stirs up feelings: Kevin S. dreams of the gravy fries while David J. often thinks of the chicken sandwich. Justin V. misses the burger. We’re with you.
  • Dean G. said he’s hankering for the double cheeseburger with onion rings from Mack’s Cash Grocerytime for a visit, Dean.
  • Amy K. has a sweet spot for a slice of cake from Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe and said the queso + chips from Cantina 76 also bring her to a “happy place.”
  • Ed S. said he’d “sure love one more Sandy’s Super Slaw Dog with a side of potato salad” from Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs.
  • Lizzie W. and other readers said the chicken fingers from Hooligan’s would be their nostalgic meal of choice.
  • Pat D. said she’ll always miss Garibaldi’s Five Points — especially the crispy flounder.
  • Many COLAtoday readers said they’d love a meal from El Burrito, Tapp’s, Blue Cactus, Basil Pot, The Golden Crown, Captain’s Kitchen, Groucho’s, and Elite Epicurean.

Y’all understood the assignment.

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