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Love for Carter Strange!

Please join us for a Charity Night next Monday night, in honor of Carter Strange and his family. Carter is an 18 year old graduate from Dreher High School who was severely beaten in Five Points on June 20 by 4 teenagers. Carter suffered a brain blood clot and needed emergency brain surgery to save his life.

We will be blocking off our patio, and setting up tables, between Mr. Friendly's and Cellar on Greene, and selling beer/wine and small bites of food. 100% of the profits will go the Strange family to help pay for his medical bills.   We will also have a special wine list at both Friendly’s and Cellar if you choose to stay for dinner.  A portion of the wine sales will also be donated to the family.

The Five Points Rotary Club will also be on site selling special posters of the Five Points Fountain for just $10. All the profits will go to the Strange Family as well! 

Monday, July 25th from 5 – 7pm

2001 Greene Street, Five Points

No Reservations Required! 

If you are unable to make it to the event but would like to make a donation – please mail us a check, payable to John Strange or Mr. Friendly's, at 2001-A Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29205.  Include your return mailing address and we will send you a receipt back.  You may also call Friendly’s or Cellar to make a donation on your credit card.

If you have any questions – please contact CJ Aponte at 803.343.3303


Peach Week!


It's Peach Week at Mr.Friendly's!




Stop in anytime this week, Monday June 13th – Saturday June 18th, for either Lunch or Dinner, to enjoy the Summer's most anticpated fruit – the Peach!

Some specials you 'll sure to see this week…


-Spicy Cinnamon Grilled Pork Chop with our famous peach chutney & bourbon-peach bbq sauce
-Mustard-Thyme Grilled Chicken & Mixed Green Salad with blue cheese roasted peach & balsamic-herb vinaigrette
-Chilled Peach Bisque
-Caribbean Jerk Seared Atlantic Salmon or Tilapia with peach-mint salsa & ginger-lime chimichurri


-Mint Julep glazed Yellowfin Tuna with our famous peach chutney
-Brown Sugar-Basil Grilled Fish of the Day with grilled peach salsa & toasted almond-peach butter
-CharGrilled Angus Ribeye with gorgonzola stuffed peach & balsamic-cherry reduction
-Grilled Peach Salad with mixed greens, blue cheese, honey-thyme vinaigrette, candied pecans & fried vidalias
-Peaches & Cream Springrolls with vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce


specials are subject to change throughout the week, based on availability.  Please check our daily blog posts under Food & Spirits, for the most up-to-date information. 





The Wait is Over – Pinot’s on the Patio Menu!


Five of our favorite Pinot Noirs, paired with five delicious courses prepared live by Ricky! Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00pm on the Mr. Friendly's Patio

Please keep in mind that this event is limited to the first twenty-five people who call us at 254-7828 to make a reservation. A credit card is required and there is a $25 cancellation fee for all reservations cancelled less than 48 hours from the start of the dinner.

Cost for this dinner is $59. tax included. gratuity is not.  

reception course of Antipasto with housemade Pinot Noir Sangria w/ candied mint

first course featuring Portillo Pinot Noir 09 Argentina

Coriander-Chile Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Cottle Farms strawberry-grilled jalapeno jam, orange-vanilla syrup

second course featuring Block Nine Pinot Noir 09 California, Caiden's Vineyards

Local Lettuces Salad, house-pickled onions, Cowasee Farms sugar snap peas, sweet potato chips, country ham cracklings, black pepper-blueberry vinaigrette

third course featuring Becker Pinot Noir 08 Germany

Rosemary-Mustard Seared Ashley Farms Duck Breast, Bell Farms honey-balsamic glazed vidalia onions, blue cheese butter

fourth course featuring Migration Pinot Noir 08 Anderson Valley

Pan braised King Salmon, thyme-garlic roasted portobellos, truffle vinegar, Cowasee Farms roasted red bliss potatoes

fifth course featuring Sass Pinot Noir 08 Willamette Valley, Walnut Ridge Vineyard

Raspberries & Cream Tarts, local mint, whipped cream

It’s Hot Outside – Let’s make some Gazpacho!

We apologize, we know it's been awhile since we have posted a recipe for our customers to try at home. And since it was so flippin' hot today and our popular Gazpacho has been selling like crazy – we figured now would be a good time to start back up!

So without futher ado, here is the official Mr.Friendly's Gazpacho recipe.

5 peeled cucumbers, rough chopped
4 ripe tomatoes, rough chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
½ red onion, diced
1 can V8
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp red wine
2 tsp your favorite southwest seasoning
1 tsp ground cumin and coriander
2 tsp tobacco sauce (more if you like it spicy!)
Lime juice to taste

1. In multiple batches, process the cucumbers, tomatoes, both bell peppers and red onion, in a food processer.
2. Transfer to a large container (4-6 quart size)
3. Add in the remaining ingredients, taste as you go
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Top off with sour cream and cilantro and ENJOY!

P.S. If you don't feel like making this at home, it's on our menu this week!




Pinots on the Patio!

Who: You, your family and friends – limited to the first 25 guests 

What: Pinots on the Patio Wine Dinner prepared live by Ricky

Where: Mr. Friendly's Patio

When: Tuesday, June 7th @ 6:30pm

Why: To indulge in five delicious courses paired with five of our favorite Pinot Noirs!

We will start taking reservations starting Tuesday, May 31st.  Stay tuned for pricing and the menu.

Friendly’s Fun in May!

Monday, May 9th – Saturday, May 14th
Charity Week for Alabama Tornado Victims
For every bottle of wine sold at lunch and dinner,
we will donate $3 to the American Red Cross!

Tuesday, May 17th – Wednesday, May 18th
1/2 Priced Red Zins by the Bottle
A rare chance to enjoy Zins at half price!
Selections from Turley, Ridge, Orin Swift, plus many more…

Tuesday, May 17th
Monthly Burger Tuesday
Tons of burger specials all served with gourmet toppings
and 12oz. house-ground beef tenderloin/ribeye burgers.
Sorry, for dinner only!

Monday, May 23rd
Pupcakes Dinner on the Patio
Bring your favorite pup in to enjoy a 3 course dinner
prepared by Pupcakes Bakery located in 5 Points.
Call Pupcakes to sign up!

Tuesday, May 31st
Pinots on the Patio
5 Pinots, served with 5 courses prepared live by Ricky!
Make your reservation starting May 17th.
Limited to the first 25 guests.

Don’t forget about what’s ALWAYS going on at Friendlys!
Every Day at Lunch
$4 glasses of wine and $15 bottles, plus always-changing delicious lunch specials
Monday Nights
½ Priced Wine Night, plus a Monday tradition – Meatloaf & Moonpies
Tuesday & Wednesday Nights
$20 Wine Specials all evening long
Friday & Saturday Nights
The best weekend food specials in town!

Charity Week for Alabama Tornado Victims!

May 9th, – May 14th

All week long, Mr.Friendly’s will donate $3 for every bottle of wine sold to the American Red Cross.  This money will go to the victims of the Alabama Tornadoes.  So do your part and come out to Friendly’s for some great wine!

Friendly’s Sweet 16 Winning Stories!

Congrats to Linsay, Kristin, Spencer, Alisa, April & Linda for submitting the winning memories for the “Sweet 16 Story Contest!”  Stop by Friendly’s anytime to pick up your $50 gift certificate for a wine purchase at Cellar on Greene.

Linsay Potterfield

My favorite Mr. Friendly’s memory is when my mom was having lunch and she called me when I was riding home with my babysitter and said, “Linsy!! You gotta hurry up! Jessica Biel is here!!” And so we hurried and finally got there, met her and got a picture and an autograph.

Kristin McLean

My first date with Patrick was a blind date.  He took me to his friends house for a Christmas Eve, Eve dinner party.  Our second date was a group dinner.  Our third date was making home made pizza at his house.  Our fourth date was Mr. Friendly’s.  We had a little wait for a table so we went over to the bar to have a drink.  We were enjoying our drinks, the fun atmosphere and our conversation.  A woman approached Patrick and said, ” Your Patrick, right?  I know you.  It’s been awhile but don’t sit there and act like you don’t know me.  I KNOW you know who I am.  Do you need me to remind you who I am?”  She kept going on and on.  I was very uncomfortable and Patrick was bright red .  He was flustered and kept saying, “I think you have the wrong person.”  At last, the woman broke out laughing and pointed out the window to the patio.  Outside on the Mr. Friendly’s patio were his friends (from our first date) laughing hysterically!

To top the evening off, I spilled my glass of wine and it splashed all over the front of Patrick’s pants!  We are married now and have eaten at Mr. Friendly’s many times.  We always laugh when we are there and remember our fourth date.

Spencer Whetstone

Years ago, we were seated at our usual spot in a booth in the bar, when we were listening to the specials being described.  Our waiter was an earnest young fellow who, when asked for his opinion about a particular dish, thought for a moment and said, “Well, I reckon it ain’t too overbearing.”

We have cherished that phrase for years.

Alisa Painter

My most favorite Mr. Friendly’s memory of the past 16 years is from January 8, 2010.  This was a night out in celebration of my birthday (January 4th) and in memory of our Golden Retriever’s Birthday (January 8th).  This was the first birthday in 15 years that we celebrated without him. But when we got to Mr. Friendly’s, we noticed that the current art showing was all paintings of dogs.  So in essence, he was there with us in the many pieces of art that adorned the walls.

Thank you for the great celebration of life.

April Kresken

I don’t know if I should even admit this BUT….

I’m on a somewhat “fixed income” (not too long out of college and working in admin) and wanted to take my friend, Elisabeth, out for a birthday dinner (this is in October). My treat!  Mr. Friendly’s was the first thing that popped into my head!  I could afford our meals and to share a slice of cake but knew that I couldn’t also spend money on a couple bottles of wine. That would’ve price Mr. F’s out for me and how could we pass up such a good meal?!! We love Food! AND WINE, for that matter.  So, during the summer months I realized that a few of my girlfriends (including Elisabeth) enjoyed drinking Marcus James Pinot Grigio (this is the part I shouldn’t admit)….. and I think it only comes in the “larger” bottles and retails for somewhere around $10.  Yup, I definitely bought this bottle at Kroger and brought a giant cheapo-vino to Mr. F’s, to be uncorked and consumed while we ate some of the best food in town!! We had a great time even if I should’ve hung my head in shame.

I’ve been back to Mr. Friendly’s several times since and I’ve purchased wine and we’ve also brought our own….but never Marcus James! They should rename it Marcus Shames.

Linda Boatwright

This was a few years ago because it was before my daughter got married.  She lives in Atlanta now, but every time she visits… Mr. Friendly’s  is her restaurant of choice.    We were sitting at a little table for two against the wall under the window.  I cannot recall what we were eating that evening….everything is fabulous!    However, I do remember what we were drinking.   I was having one of Justin’s yummy world famous Ginger Martinis and Blaire was having his special drink that night…a raspberry something.   Anyway, we were having great drink, food & conversation….mother daughter stuff.     A train rumbled by and suddenly something went plop into Blaire’s drink!    After a little confusion as to what had just happened..and lots of people looking up at the ceiling…and further examination of the drink…we and our waiter (can’t remember his name right now) realized a piece of the ceiling fell.    Now.. you have really tall ceilings, so you can imagine the precision of that little piece of plaster hitting a martini glass.   Our waiter didn’t miss a beat.  He was so great…he picked up the glass…said  “You know this is an old building!”…disappeared and reappeared within minutes with a fresh drink.   We sat at the same table a few weeks ago when she was in town and laughed about her “plaster martini”.  It is a fun memory for us!

Amendment to the story:  I forgot that the largest piece of plaster hit Blaire on the head first and then pieces went into her drink!

Honorable Mentions Mary Beauchene, Francee Levin, Noelle Brault, Clay Walker, Katie Woodlieff, Pat Coate and Bo Ivester! Stop by Friendly’s to pick up your $15 gift certificate!

Thank you ALL for participating!  We truly enjoyed hearing all your wonderful stories and hope to see you all at the restaurant soon!



Upcoming Events at Mr. Friendly’s

Our next Burger Night is this coming Monday August 16th…BIG, HAND-GROUND BURGERS TOPPED WITH ALL SORTS OF GOURMET SIDES ALL NIGHT LONG! you haven’t had a Burger like this!!

-Tuesday August 24th is your next chance to bring your pooch to Mr. Friendly’s for another
DINING WITH DOGS evening with our friends from Pupcakes! You must call 461-0236 to make your
reservation through Pupcakes as there is a limit of fifteen dogs! Canines enjoy a three-course dinner
made by Pupcakes while Mr. Friendlys cooks for you!

-Thursday, August 26th is our next Half Price Wine Night. This is different than our Monday Night Half-Price List because EVERY bottle on our list is Half-Price! It sounds crazy I know but who’s crazier, us for having it or you for missing it?

-OUR ANNUAL TAILGATE WEEK will be August 30th-kickoff on Thursday September 2nd!!
And that means all sorts of our favorite “kicked-up” Tailgate Classics like the Pork Chop Sandwich,
Fried Lobster Dog and lots more all week long during BOTH Lunch and Dinner!

-Wednesday, September 15th is our first Wines for Charity benefiting Public Education in South Carolina and more specifically Richland County School District 1. Most of our charity events through the rest of 2010 will focus around education. This is something that is very important to us at our restaurants and something that deserves help from everyone. Keep an eye out for more exciting events and discounts related to teachers and education.

We will have lots more exciting events coming up in the month of September and beyond.

Don’t forget that we will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day.

Hope to see you all soon!

Valentine’s Day & Mardi Gras

February is the shortest month of the year, but for us at Mr. Friendly’s it is one of the busiest. Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year and we are normally closed on Sunday, WE WILL BE OPEN FOR VALENTINE’S DAY ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH FROM 5:30-10:30! We are not taking reservations. We will also be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu from Friday the 12th-Sunday the 14th. This menu will include some items from our regular Dinner menu as well as some great Valentine’s Day Specials. The menu will be posted as soon as it is finished. Please keep in mind that e will be closed on Monday, February 15th.

Mardi Gras time is here this month as well! We will be celebrating Mardi Gras February 16th-February18th with special cocktails, special Mardi Gras appetizers and entrees, and of course lots of festive beads and decorations. The female staff has promised a fierce competition for who will get the most beads so be prepared!

Hope to see everyone soon and stay in touch for more details on all of our upcoming events!

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