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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Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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.
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Real Estate Spotlight
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