Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Basil Bar

3135 NE Broadway Street
Happy Hour: 5 - 8, Monday through Saturday (5 - 9 on Sunday)

Not all happy hours serve small plates. Sure, it's normal. Maybe it's what you'd expect, but that doesn't mean it's required. Happy Hour at Basil Bar is just one happily discounted dinner. And it's a super extended happy hour (during normal dinner hours) which leads me to believe you are basically getting a great deal for sitting in the bar (instead of upstairs at Sweet Basil). They call is Basil Time and it happens daily from 5 - 8 PM (5 - 9 on Sundays).

Discounts on drinks include beer, wine, and just a few of their signature cocktails. There's a LONG list of cocktails worth looking at, in addition to what's listed on the happy hour menu (and they come with more accurate descriptions). I ordered what I thought would be a Mango Margarita and ended up with the SUPER spicy Habanero Mango Margarita. I might have been able to drink that heat through a straw, but once my lips touched the chile coated glass, I was done for the evening (or at least the next ten minutes while my lips recovered).

I quickly switched to a boozy Thai Iced Coffee as soon as the server returned. It was DELICIOUS, super creamy (which helped with the heat) and something all Thai restaurants should offer (in my opinion).

The food menu is not as long as it is upstairs at Sweet Basil, but you'll find all the typical Thai favorites on the menu during happy hour. They've got a good list of appetizers (including the fried tofu pictured above), stir fry, teriyaki, Pad Thai, and a couple of curries. I decided on the House Special Curry and am so glad I did. It's a red curry peanut sauce--served with veggies & chicken or tofu--all on a bed of jasmine rice. I'm not the biggest fan of green peppers, and I would have preferred a different cut of carrots (baby carrots are easy, but the bite just wasn't right), but the sauce was enough to make up for all of those setbacks.

I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to get to Basil Bar for their happy hour. They've definitely been around forever. (Now that Broadway is booming with new developments, they're probably not going to go anywhere.) And if the location isn't right for you, they cater AND deliver (for a pretty reasonable rate). You can get big party trays or boxed lunches.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds


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