Would y'all believe this time last year I had never tried Thai food? I had this ridiculous notion that it was filled with spices I wouldn't like and would be too hot. Well, I could not have been more wrong. Thai food is amazing; it's some of the most flavorful and delicious Asian food I've ever had. While I don't have a lot of other Thai favorites to compare it to, from reading reviews online, I know Basil is the real deal. The food is so authentic, the location (on King Street - just look for the bicycle on top of the glowing green neon sign) is fantastic, and their happy hour is in my top 5 in Charleston.
Y'all: check out these deals and prices. What I love about Basil is that everything during happy hour is full size. The pineapple mojito and mango martini are both delicious, and it's hard not to order one of everything off the appetizer menu.
Make sure you get there early, because they don't take reservations and the restaurant is on the smaller side. The traditional cocktail bar only sits about 6 people, but my favorite bar is along the cooking station where you can watch the chefs at work. All of the staff at Basil are so welcoming and are happy to answer any question for a newbie like me. I love the whole atmosphere inside, and there's even a row of tables outside, perfect for people watching along King Street.
Basil has become so popular that they now have four locations: a second over the river in Mount Pleasant, another in Columbia, and a fourth just outside Charlotte.