Sunday Lunch Blog : DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar


*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar – 1710 Main St. Columbia, SC

The revitalization of Main Street has been exciting in these recent years, bringing some cool new places to eat and entertain one’s self. With every new renovation, I perk up to see what new restaurant I’ll get to try. About three weeks ago, DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar opened on Main Street (Where Mac’s on Main used to be). I put it on my list of places to visit, but wasn’t sure when I’d get to give it a go.

 Fortunately, last Monday was my day of many lunches. And by “many” I mean two. Let me explain. One of my roommates and best friends from college was in town for a conference at the Marriott, so we decided to meet up for an early lunch. She’s a vegetarian and wanted to go to Good Life Cafe (which I’ll write about next), so I obliged. Even though Good Life is vegan, I do like it; it just doesn’t fill me up for long. So, while we were catching up over fruit, vegetables, and cashew cheese, I got a text from Philip asking if lunch would be a good time to meet with him and Scott over some design stuff we needed to plan out. Of course, I said, “Sure,” and he told me to pick a place. I suggested DaufusKEYS. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The menu has many Low Country and Southern favorites such as grits, okra, gumbo, po’ boys, oysters, and chicken bog. There were so many things that I wanted to try that it made it difficult to decide. Since this was second lunch, I opted for some of the smaller options. We ordered some okra to share and I went with gumbo and a side of grits. Scott got the she-crab soup and we traded samples with each other so we could get a full experience. In the picture below, you can see a small cup of gumbo next to his soup. He also got the lyonnaise potatoes. They were a bit different than traditional lyonnaise potatoes in that they were swimming in a cream sauce. Scott’s verdict was that they were good, just not what he was expecting. Philip also ordered the gumbo and a side of mashed sweet potatoes.


Scott at DaufusKEYS
Scott’s getting ready to dig in.

I thought that DaufusKEYS gave a solid first showing. The gumbo could have used a bit more sausage, but other than that, I thought it was good. It was not spicy, which I like. My Cajun friend would have a problem with that (Cajuns like kick; I do not), so whether or not you like the gumbo will depend on your expectations. Scott’s she-crab soup had more of a kick to it. You can even see the red pepper from the photo above. I enjoyed the grits. They were creamy and seasoned well. The service was incredibly friendly and helpful. The floor manager told us that they are trying to use as many USC students as possible. They hope to incorporate more students from the School of Music to play piano in the evenings for dinner and they use students from the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management School, so I’m rooting for them to succeed. I like businesses that strive to be involved in the community.

My food. Didn’t notice when taking the picture, but you can see some of my notes from our WE’RE HERE campaign.

If you’re looking for some Low Country in Columbia, give DaufusKEYS a try. I hope to make my way back over there soon to try out some other items like the chicken bog and po’ boys.



I’ve been facilitating a Bible study with some of the college girls on James, and let me tell you, this book convicts me to the core, but I love it. James is practical. It tells us how to live as Christians and continues to reveal our true need for a savior in Jesus Christ. For a little devotional, read James 1:1-12. There’s so much in these twelve verses that I could write an entire post or two on what we can pull out of them, but because of space and time, I’ll just hit on a couple of things to think about. Keep in mind that James’ audience is mostly poor. This isn’t poor as in don’t have access to cable TV or Internet, but poor as in if there’s a rough year as far as weather (like no rain for crops) and economy, these people could easily die. Each day was survival for them. They were vulnerable to the elements and lived under the thumbs of those wealthier than them. Add in a dose of persecution for a new religious belief that doesn’t quite fit in with any culture and you’ve got some real struggle.

So James starts off his note encouraging these believers to persevere during these trials, promising that their perseverance will produce endurance. James reminds them that their suffering is temporary and that God is with them. He also delves into the topic of faith and asking without doubting, which leaves us to ask ourselves, “Do we ask God for things and truly believe that He will provide?” Or are we like the “surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind[?]” Compared to these early Christians, our lives here in the United States are pretty easy. We don’t face true persecution. We face discomfort and inconveniences, but very few of us are completely destroyed for our beliefs. This recognition leads us to ask deeper questions about faith and ourselves. Have you doubted God simply because He didn’t give you something that you really wanted? Have you turned your back on Him because of a trail or difficulty or pain that you’ve faced? The bad news for the Christian is that the Bible is full of promises that we’re going to face suffering. Book after book minces no words on that matter. The good great news is that, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

No matter what you’re going through, don’t give up and don’t turn away. This is not the end.

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