No list of old Columbia restaurants would be complete without the Flaming Pit Restaurant which still comes up in conversations as a favorite memory of the locals. Located at the Eastern entrance of Parkade Plaza, this restaurant was known for the good food with adults and a favorite with children because of its treasure box of little gifts and the little umbrellas put in their drinks.
I never ate supper there but went to their lunch buffet several times with my friends. We would go for the great price and the huge amount of food offered on the buffet. I felt the food quality was just okay but for the price I thought it was worth it. Later on we discovered the Flaming Pit's Happy Hour in their wonderful little bar area with the extremely comfortable chairs. We would get there early before the crowd and leave before it got too crowded with patrons. Those too few Happy Hour meetings were a lot of fun with great friends and outstanding conversations and are wonderful memories, no matter if they are incomplete. So there you are readers, I finally put the Flaming Pit on my list and would like to hear other people's memories of one of Columbia's past great restaurants. Let us know your thoughts on this restaurant.