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Restaurant Spotlight: Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC

Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC is a fine dining establishment, in business since 1989 that offers new cuisine on a twice daily basis. Items are chosen by the head chef daily and are prepared from scratch for the freshest in exotic flavors from Italian and French cuisines to American and Asian classics. The restaurant is located in the center of Congaree Vista and operated from an engine supply building that was renovated to open the restaurant. The restaurant has a quaint and comfortable feel with its brightly colored artwork and mirrored bar.

Braised Ribs

Executive Chef Tim Peters

Tim has an extensive background in hunting, fishing, and wine tasting. He studied culinary arts in New York and later at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. He came to Motor, affectionately nicknamed by locals, in 2005. In one year he was also the head wine master choosing select wines that paired perfectly with each new meal he created. Now he chooses the freshest ingredients and prepares everything for Motor from scratch daily. The pickles, mustard, breads, and meats are all produced in-house under Tim’s scrutinizing eye with organic ingredients from the freshest local vendors. His daily menu changes have been exciting patrons for the last eight years.

Examples of Menu Choices

Some of the lunch dishes that Tim has prepared for Motor include Blackened Tilapia with a Watermelon Salad, Slow roasted duck thigh with peach glaze made from local peaches, Creamy artichoke soup, and Sauteed shrimp with locally caught shrimp in Parmesan sauce. Wines range from specialized Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Rockpile Vineyard to Merlots from Lodi and Oakville. Some of the previous dinner entrees on Tim Peters menu have included Fresh mussels in Spicy Miso broth, fresh locally caught Mahi with lemon and shrimp butter, and braised flat ribs with a red wine demi-glaze.

What Sets Motor Supply Co. Bistro apart from other restaurants?

Motor Supply Co. Bistro Columbia, SC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it was the fist bistro in Congaree Vista. Executive Chef Tim Peters butchers his own meat, makes his own sauces and stocks, and creates a completely different menu twice every day. He chooses only the freshest, organically grown produce, buys only fish and seafood caught fresh that day, and hand picks all the wine to complement each meal perfectly.

Motor Supply Co. Bistro Location and Hours of Operation

Motor is located at 920 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina in the Congaree Vista. The phone number is 803-256-6687 and reservations are available for lunch and dinner daily. Hours of operation for lunch are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dinners on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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