The Columbia branch of Basil, a Charleston-based Thai restaurant group, has been humming along at Cross Hill Market since last May. If you haven’t been yet, the menu will seem familiar if you’ve visited the original location on King Street in Charleston, or the other spots in Charlotte and Mt. Pleasant. For this week’s Bite, I went with the restaurant’s namesake entree, Basil, made with a sauté of red bell pepper, onions and garlic in a Thai chili sauce, and served with a bowl of jasmine rice and a choice of protein. I chose the pork cutlet as the protein, and washed it down with a Westbrook White Thai on draft ($5.50). As with Basil’s other locations, you can order a dish to your preferred spice level, but they also provide a chili tray on request to adjust the heat level to your liking. Basil is open for lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30-2:30 p.m.; and for dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). On Sundays, it’s open continuously from noon to 9 p.m., which sounds like the perfect recipe for a lazy, late afternoon brunch at the full service bar, or a rarity in Columbia: Sunday dinner. Basil will be closed on New Year’s Day. — Jonathan Sharpe
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Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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