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Sammi's Deli, 7210 Broad River Road: September 2013   19 comments

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This Sammi's location was way out on Broad River Road, just across Lykes Lane from the Publix plaza. I took these pictures when I originally thought it was closed, back in June of 2012.

As it turned out, they weren't closed, but just having some work done. They opened again and carried on (with an 'A') until last month.

Now it's Touchdown's Wings & Things.













Written by ted on October 6th, 2013

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  1. The one on main street is now some kind of cafe.


    7 Oct 13 at 5:36 am

  2. When this shopping center first opened (2002?), this place was a Blimpie's for several years. They also served perhaps the 2nd worst pizza I have ever had, called "Pizza Pro". The Pizza Pro part did not last long. On a side note, the worst pizza I have ever had came from Nick's House of Pizza on 378 in West Columbia. I hate to call them out, but no one should waste money on what they are serving out of there.


    7 Oct 13 at 7:59 pm

  3. Seems there used to be quite a few Sammi's Deli's in town. I used to grab a sammi, pun intended, at the Widewater Square location long ago, and I always thought they food was pretty good. Guess they just got caught up in the onslaught of all of the chain sandwich shops. Makes me wonder how Sub Station II stays in business.


    7 Oct 13 at 10:55 pm

  4. Homer, I suspect SSII stays in bidness because the meat is cut paper thin, and their prices are higher than Subway.

    You oughta try Steve's on Platt Springs Road.


    8 Oct 13 at 6:37 am

  5. @tonka - I used to love SSII back in the day. The #19 was the bomb. For some reason I have never cared for Subway. I like Steve's, Jersey Mike's and Jimmy John's. And for plain old deli style sammies I still love Groucho's.


    8 Oct 13 at 11:29 pm

  6. I don't eat at sub sandwich places (Subway, Blimpie, Quizno's, Jersey Mike's, Sub Station II, etc.) very often but I do occasionally enjoy a Firehouse Subs meatball sub...I think it's aided by the fact that Firehouse has all 127 beverage options available in the Coco-Cola Freestyle...


    9 Oct 13 at 12:08 am

  7. I have gone from being indifferent to the Freestyle machine to being actively hostile to it.

    All I want to do is get ice for my tea and it either:

    a) drips someone else's drink choice into my tea cup

    or worse

    b) drips someone's sticky sweet drink choice onto my *hand*.


    9 Oct 13 at 12:17 am

  8. Don't forget

    c) You have to stand there and wait and wait and wait for someone to go through all 127 beverage options because the stupid Freestyle machine is the only place to get ice.


    9 Oct 13 at 6:17 am

  9. Just hearing about that Freestyle abomination would make me not frequent one.

    I'm with jason on waiting for people in line at one to make a decsion. Screw that.


    9 Oct 13 at 6:37 am

  10. Larrys subs in Lexington is my favorite sandwich shop. I personally liked Grouchos when there was just one location in Five Points, and honestly the sandwiches arent all that great


    10 Oct 13 at 1:31 am

  11. ". . . the worst pizza I have ever had came from Nick's House of Pizza on 378 in West Columbia."

    Have to agree with Cam about Nick's pizza. Last time I ate there, they used canned mushrooms on their pizza. Nothing screams, "WE DON'T CARE ABOUT QUALITY!" like canned mushrooms.


    17 Oct 13 at 11:37 am

  12. To those who made comments about the pizza at Nick's House of Pizza:

    I'll agree that you can get better pizza elsewhere; however, Nick's has some of the best Greek food I've ever had. Some of it is just as good as Zorba's. My favorites were always the souvlaki and gyros. And the Country Pasta (with sauce) is awesome!

    Nick's should take the "Pizza" out of their name and put more emphasis on their Greek selections in their name somehow. Then again, they've been in business for quite some time, and any new customers must be showing up because of word-of-mouth.

    Greek restaurants (at least what I've seen in Columbia) do not appear to be very common in other places in the US. I've now lived in Colorado and Texas, and I've missed places like Nick's, Zorba's, and Apollo Flame (near Asheville, NC). What I've seen in Colorado and Texas is some strange mix of Mediterranean and Arabic foods. Not the same. =(


    17 Oct 13 at 1:31 pm

  13. @kkaos, try Pitas on Taylor. Not sure how "authentic" it is, but it is good. It might be more Mediterranean as you described. I had one of their hamburgers. It tasted hand pattied. It was flavorful.


    17 Oct 13 at 4:08 pm

  14. You need to hit Tarpon Springs FL, which is about the Greek-est place in the US:


    17 Oct 13 at 5:06 pm

  15. @ted - I was looking at some of your old photos and I was wondering if you use any special scanning equipment to reproduce your photos. My flatbed scanner does a pretty good job but I just figured I'd ask. Also, have you ever tried scanning slides? I have tried a couple of the units that are available in to $50 - $75 range and the results were far from stellar. Any recommendations?


    18 Oct 13 at 12:10 am

  16. @Homer,

    I have a Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED

    Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner

    It attaches to a PC via FireWire and has some built-in software for suppressing negative scratches. It will scan slides, though I don't believe I have tried that.

    I have somewhat conflicted feelings about it. It was pricey (much moreso now that you can only get old units from third parties), but I wanted something that would do a good job. And it does. However, I also had a vision in my head that I would stand there with a negative strip, feed it into a slot and the scanner would grab the sprockets and bam-bam-bam spit them through and give me my TIFFs.

    In reality, you have to load the tray manually and finagle the negatives so the frames line up right, then it takes about 10 minutes to scan a tray, and at least two trays to get through a roll, so it's a time consuming process during which you can't really do much else or else you'll forget about it and never get the next tray loaded. These days I spend so little time around the house most days that I haven't scanned anything in at least a year despite still having a big negative backlog (mostly non-closings related).

    So, a quality piece of equipment, but not something that will zip through 35 years of negatives.


    18 Oct 13 at 1:31 am

  17. Homer, I recently spent dozens of hours making digital copies of family slides from the '50s and '60s by projecting them on a wall in a dark room and photographing them with a camera mounted on a tripod. As always the originals had an aqua marine tint to them and I corrected each one individually with some photo magic software. The results were better on some than others, with the outdoor shots coming out the best. It was truly a labor of love and the family has really enjoyed seeing these lost photos of people and places that are long gone.

    Last week I decided to do the same thing with some old 8mm movies but getting a good clean shot of still frames is proving to be a real challenge.


    18 Oct 13 at 2:18 am

  18. @ted and Terry - thanks for the info guys.

    Ted - I bought one of the first ION slide and negative scanners and it really sucked. The slides were all washed out after scanning and, like you said Ted, it was a real pain in the butt trying to load the strip of negatives into the tray and get them to line up. Especially when there were no alignment stops or a viewfinder to let you know when they were lined up. I'm going to have to invest in a higher quality model. I have tons of old photos and slides that I need to convert.

    Terry - I may have to try your trick. I still have my Dad's old slide projector and screen. Either way, I'll be tinkering with Paint Shop in the end!!


    19 Oct 13 at 12:55 am

  19. kkaos: You should try Elie's on St. Andrews road and Ariana's on 378 near the Botanical Gardens entrance.


    19 Oct 13 at 12:28 pm

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