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
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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. Click to find out how!
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: