Porter Barron Jr., Owner, The War Mouth

December 15, 2020

The growth of small independent restaurants in Columbia over the past twenty years has been a huge part of the transformation of our local community. The War Mouth opened five years ago in December 2015 in a cool place north of Main Street at 1209 Franklin Street. It is the result of the vision of Chef Rhett Elliott and childhood friend Porter Barron, Jr. to showcase authentic South Carolina whole-hog barbecue.

With and emphasis on fresh local produce, you will also find Carolina Gold rice and old-fashioned hash, smoked ribs or catfish stew and cornbread, deviled eggs and boiled peanuts, and much more.

These locally owned restaurants need our support. Please buy local this holiday season.

The locally owned Columbia restaurants mentioned in this interview are:

Transmission Arcade – 1712 Main St, Columbia – (803) 667-9140

Black Rooster – 201 Meeting St, West Columbia – (803) 724-2853

Camon Japanese – 1332 Assembly St, Columbia – (803) 254-5400

Here are some other locally owned restaurants:

Bourbon – 1214 Main St, Columbia – (803) 403-1404

Hendrix – 1649 Main St, Columbia – (803) 834-5132

Il Focolare Pizzeria – 2150 Sumter St, Columbia – (803) 563-5052

Motor Supply – 920 Gervais St, Columbia – (803) 256-6687

Small Sugar – 709 Gervais St, Columbia – (803) 722-7506


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