Food & Wine

Fine Dining at Motor Supply

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I was invited to lunch by a work colleague in Columbia, SC this past week. I had no preferences so she volunteered “well, if we leave soon we’ll probably still be able to get a seat at Motor Supply.”

Uhh…wait? Motor Supply?

A sign of the changing times in downtown Columbia is all the new and delicious restaurants that have popped up in the last 10 years. Located on Gervais St in the Vista, Motor Supply Company Bistro offers farm to table dining, though it’s been around much longer than a decade.

The restaurant entrance was eclectic and charming, indicative of the well chosen decor throughout the rest of the restaurant. The owner Eddie Wales was there to greet us and show us to a table on the glassed in patio.

motor supply company bistro interior

There I completely fell in love with the restaurant with the unique, and almost indecipherable but not quite, hand written menus. (A quick look at the menu today reveals a different handwriting)

Motor Supply Company Bistro Columbia SC May 1 Menu

Everything looked great and I had a hard time choosing.

I started with the Cauliflower Truffle soup since the wind was a bit brisk for the end of April and it was a chilly walk over. It’s even better than you’d think.

Motor Supply Company Bistro Columbia SC Cauliflower truffle soup

I had been tempted by the sauteed SC shrimp with tomatoes, okra, and Applewood bacon. But since I’d pigged out on Shrimp & Grits at the Blue Marlin the night before I decided to try the Virginia Country Ham sandwich with Tillamook cheddar, onions, dijon and other tasty things.

Motor Supply Company Bistro Columbia SC ham sandwich

It was good, but I think I should have gone for an entree rather than the sandwich.

The prices are not cheap, but worth it for what you get. Great ambiance, fantastic food, and good service. Definitely worth popping by next time you’re in Columbia.


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  1. Kathy

    May 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Wow! You are right up the street from me! I am in Lexington, SC which in right outside of Columbia. I have been in Columbia/Lexington all of my life and we have some wonderful places to dine. Thanks for the review. I haven’t been to Motor Supply yet.

  2. Paula Hamblen

    May 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Sounds delicious

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