“Keep your friends close and your Bourbon closer.” And you will want to get a little closer to one of Bourbon’s bourbon drinks. Wowser! Their bartenders know how to make a good cocktail. But drink with caution; some of those lovely cocktails are lovely, STRONG cocktails and they may make you grow hair on your chest…
On a serious note, Bourbon’s bar contains over 150 bourbons. They have an extensive list of cocktails; most classic and a few signature creations. The Old Fashion that I drank was excellent. Their beer list wasn’t too shabby either.
Located on Main Street, in Columbia, S.C., Bourbon is a small restaurant, with a rustic, retro speak-easy vibe. There are a few booths, tables, and a long communal table that promises bumping elbows, but the food is so good you won’t care. Bourbon stays packed, so you will be happy to just have a seat. Meanwhile you can eye your neighbor’s dishes to decide if you need to order some additional courses. If you are really brave, you can sneak a bite when they are not looking. Just KIDDING! Please Don’t!
Everything that comes out of Bourbon’s kitchen looks salivating. You will be oohing and awe-ing at the ongoing dishes that pass you by. I have been to New Orleans and have had the amazing cuisines New Orleans is famous for, so I am always leery of other impostor restaurants claiming they have real “Cajun” food. Rest assured, Bourbon is the real deal. Bourbon brings the Cajun-Creole to Columbia, South Carolina. Our starter, the NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp was to DIE FOR!!! Umm, umm, umm… Seconds Please.
My husband and I split the Grilled Cab Ribeye which was plenty for sharing. That was one big steak! I am still dreaming of this steak. OH MY, OH MY, OH MY! Unfortunately with the colors of the food and the night lighting, I could not get a worthy picture; this one was the best I could do. But believe me that steak was OUTRAGEOUS! The “Salt and Steen’s Vinegar Doused Fingerling Potatoes, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Pearl Onions,” sides were pretty tasty too.
Our friend, Worth Paschal ordered the Vegetarian Gumbo with the added chicken. He left a clean plate, so I am certain he enjoyed it.
While we had no room for desert, we still splurged. You can’t miss an opportunity for desert when you know it is going to be incredible. We were just going to have one bite… And then that bite turned into several bites, until, well…. it was all gone. We ordered the banana pudding and bread pudding. The bread pudding was my favorite. I hear the beignets are fabulous.
We enjoyed Bourbon so much, that the very next day after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an Avette Brothers’ Concert; we did the Walk of Shame and returned for yet another round of food. Seriously, we had every meal that day and still had to get one more food fix in. We had the Tots and Sloppy Joes. And they were ridiculous. Just the kind of guilty pleasure calories you want to have to end the perfect evening! I am still working off those calories from that night. No pics for these. We devoured them before we ever had an opportunity to photograph them.
So check this place out! You will love it. Tell them that A Fork’s Tale sent you. And when you like it, I told you so!