Maria sent me an email weeks ago asking for suggestions about where folks might hang out on a weeknight -- open past eight, quiet enough to talk, maybe a coffee shop or diner. Says Maria:
So a mom friend and I are looking for a good coffee spot that is open a little later during the week and wouldn't mind if we hung out for an hour or two. You know open past 8 and quiet. A diner would work also. Any ideas? Bonus points if it is close to King's Contrivance neighborhood. Mommies need time to catch up with their friends too.For Columbia, I'm trying to think of a restaurant. Most coffee shops here are breakfast and lunch joints. The closest diners are probably on Rte 40.
Hickory Ridge Grill was my first choice. They're only open until 9 pm, but that's a friendly spot with coffee and room enough that they probably wouldn't mind you lingering over dessert or appetizers. One of my "lost posts" from the past six months was a breakfast at Hickory Ridge where we got good eggs and a friendly vibe like Maria wants.
From there, I started to think about bars. Not a packed joint like Looney's or the Green Turtle. But an adult bar where a bartender might have enough empty stools to welcome coffee drinkers who tip. Ranazul and the Grille at Maple Lawn are both an easy drive south from King's Contrivance. Their kitchens are open late. They have bars that I can't imagine are packed on a weeknight.
Can anyone else recommend a local spot to get coffee and chat on a weeknight? I was trying to think of Columbia restaurants that would welcome Maria.