My husband and I had the pleasure of attending an event this week for the grand opening of Michael’s Cafe & Catering, located at 1620 Main Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Michael’s Cafe & Catering has a contemporary atmosphere offering hot breakfast and even a Sunday brunch! They offer daily specials, handcrafted signature sandwiches and salads, a fine selection of craft and imported beers as well as a wine list featuring international and domestic favorites if you’d like to partake of “spirits.” And for those that would like to have a working lunch, they also offer free Wi-Fi.
We felt welcomed from the moment we walked in the door as Executive Chef Michael Fusco and friends greeted us. We were immediately offered beverages of our choice upon our arrival and ushered over to where the food was so eloquently displayed. We mixed and mingled with their staff and other bloggers at this event, and it was wonderful to socialize in this atmosphere with other “foodies.”
Chef Michael had a variety of salads on display. I had a hard time deciding on a favorite between the Cobb Salad and a Greek Salad with Chef Michael’s homemade dressing to go with it. My husband made a bee-line straight for the Shrimp Salad, and I’d say that one got his vote as he went back for seconds!
There were several sandwich choices from Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Pimento Cheese, and Hummus & Veggie Wrap just to name a few. Although it was a toss up between the Philly Cheese Steak and the Grilled Pimento Cheese, I’d have to say that the Philly Cheese Steak won me over in the end. Michael’s also offers Pimento Cheese Dip, so my taste buds were dancing with delight!
Also, while I am not a huge fan of Chicken Salad, I will have to say that Michael’s Chicken Salad had me going back for more! It was delicious!
Cookies were brought out for dessert, and they were melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Confession time: I could not eat just one … or two. (Don’t judge me! ~smile~)
Michael took us around to show off what is sure to be a gathering place for many! There is a huge conference room which would be great for company meetings or after church gatherings! It is big enough to accommodate any group!
Michael showed us his prep room which is perfect for culinary classes! He is, in fact, entertaining the idea of having classes here, and if he does, my husband said he would be among the first to sign up. He was THAT impressed!
Michael, then, took us into the kitchen where the meals are prepared. It had such a nice feeling of home, though, that it felt only natural to gather in that area to converse.
All in all, we had a wonderful dining experience. We enjoyed wonderful food with a super group of people, and we highly recommend this restaurant to you!
Michael’s is currently open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be sure to inquire about them catering your next event by calling 803-726-CAFE.
If you’re in the Columbia area or just passing through, be sure to check them out! You will be so glad you did!