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Scott Brothers Restaurant & Bar / Palmetto's / MacDougall's Restaurant & Bar / The Sly Fox, 902-F Gervais Street: Jan 2011   19 comments

Posted at 1:39 am in Uncategorized

I never made it to The Sly Fox which is a shame, because they had "poutaine" on the menu -- something I've wanted to try ever since hearing of it. My understanding is that it is basically french-fries covered with cheese-curds and gravy. The menu on The Sly Fox's web site (already off-line) specified that it was "squeaky" cheese curds too. According to what I've heard about cheese curds, they only squeak when there are fresh, basically only on the first day after, um, curding. This makes me wonder where they could have been getting the curds, as I'm not aware of any local cheese makers, and have never seen cheese curds for sale in Columbia.

Commenter Barb reports The Sly Fox was closed as of 4 Jan. I went by a couple of times this week, and there seemed to be a crew carting stuff out of the place. As you can see, the interior is pretty bare now, and the sign on the east side is down (though the one on the west is still up). The place is pretty much right across the street from Damon's and Paul's, so there is a good bit of vacant restaurant space in the area now.

(Hat tip to commenter Barb)

UPDATE 26 Jan 2011 -- Based on the comments I have added Scott Brothers & Palmetto's. Here is the Feb 97-Feb 98 Bellsouth Yellow Pages ad for Scott Brothers:

UPDATE 27 Jan 2011 -- It turns out I had some pictures of the MacDougall's incarnation as well:

Written by ted on January 24th, 2011

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  1. I went there a few times, and I did have their poutine and Scotch Eggs. I didn't notice anything squeaking about the cheese curds, but maybe they were. However, I vividly remember how SALL-TEE the gravy was. I actually liked it, but I never got it again, since it was a little too salty for my liking. The Scotch Eggs were polar opposites: absolutely tasteless. And if I know anything, I know tasteless. Luckily, though, they did come with some kind of dipping sauce that gave them some flavor. Despite all this, I'm sorry to see it go, and I did like going there.


    24 Jan 11 at 9:46 am

  2. Wasn't this a BBQ place at one time? The name escapes me.


    25 Jan 11 at 8:52 pm

  3. I don't know about that, but I see it was MacDougall's, so I'm adding that to the post title..


    26 Jan 11 at 1:58 am

  4. The BBQ place was 'Scott Brothers.' They later moved out to Lexington, possibly in The Mill, but ended up closing for good.


    26 Jan 11 at 10:00 am

  5. I only ate at each incarnation (McDougall's then Sly Fox) one time. Each time was on a Sunday when they were not terribly busy and both times the food was passable but not good and the service was lacking.


    26 Jan 11 at 2:27 pm

  6. I'm finding "Scott Brothers" at 902-E not 902-F -- was it actually the same space?


    26 Jan 11 at 3:01 pm

  7. When it first opened, was it Palmetto's, the place that did the cornbread in the small cast-iron skillets?

    Midnight Rambler

    26 Jan 11 at 3:30 pm

  8. Yep, I think that was the name between Scott Brothers and MacDougall's. That location was Scott Brothers starting in the mid 90s. They moved to Lexington about 2000. What might have preceded it, I don't know.

    Now, so far as how they assign the unit numbers, that's anybody's guess. There are four restaurants in that row: Longhorn, Wild Hare, former Bull Market, former Sly Fox. Seems like A-D would accomodate them nicely.


    26 Jan 11 at 4:09 pm

  9. OK, I've added Palmetto's and Scott Brothers (with a 1998) YP ad).


    26 Jan 11 at 5:19 pm

  10. Turns out I had some pix of the MacDougall's era as well..


    27 Jan 11 at 2:33 pm

  11. Definitely Scott Brothers. There was also a restaurant called Sundance in that strip, but I don't know if it was in this space or not. Sundance had very good pizzas and 1/2 price appetizers at HH. Scott Brothers moved to Lexington, but it was in the strip behind Rush's at the corner of 378/1. Across from where Flight Deck is currently located. I miss those pulled chicken sandwiches!!


    27 Jan 11 at 3:38 pm

  12. Sundance was the current Wild Hare location. Before Sundance, I believe, it was Dixie Seafood which had recently relocated (drawing a blank on their previous location, Senate St., maybe?).


    27 Jan 11 at 3:47 pm

  13. Thanks, Badger. Yes, Dixie was first located on Senate Street and the corner of Park, where "Senate Park" was located, and now Monterrey's. I did not think it was the same location, but it made me think a minute...


    27 Jan 11 at 4:36 pm

  14. Dixie Seafood was originally called Dixie Fish & Oyster, if memory serves.


    27 Jan 11 at 10:56 pm

  15. Dixie Fish & Oyster at the old location was pretty neat. Not only a seafood market but they served lunch too. You could get fresh seafood at rock bottom prices. The dining area was very spartan. Just paper plates, plastic utensils, folding chairs & rickety tables. But whenever I got the yen for fried oysters on the cheap; I knew where to go. I was sad when they moved.

    John R

    28 Jan 11 at 8:55 am

  16. I LOVED THE SLY FOX!! You'd think with that location it would have been busier, but I know it was family-owned and unfortunately it seems like only the chains or places with a string of locations are going to make it in the Vista.

    PS- whoever said the Scotch Eggs were tasteless obviously doesn't know that it's a simple Scottish food and isn't meant to be fussed with. That's like saying a French Fry is tasteless.

    Soon, the Vista is going to be tasteless. Applebees and Chili's, anyone?


    1 Feb 11 at 6:14 pm

  17. I too am VERY SORRY to see it go... this was a great place and the atmosphere was STELLAR! The beer selection was great and the food was good - hate to see it gone.


    4 Feb 11 at 10:08 am

  18. Below is a link to an article about a new bar coming to this space. It is going to cater to the craft beer movement.


    26 Sep 11 at 8:12 am

  19. Yes, it's now World of Beer.

    @Kelly Family owned Sly Fox? It was owned and operated by a former manager at The Flying Saucer who left to open the Sly Fox. I think the real tragedy of the enterprise was the loss of identity. Were they a craft beer place or an above average eatery? The kitchen was run by another former Flying Saucer Kitchen manager who would be great as a chef somewhere, but both trying to run great (and above average priced) food and fairly expensive (as expensive as the flying saucer) beer - too much money to stay very long.


    29 Jan 13 at 3:51 pm

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