A lot has changed in the Charleston dining world since brothers Henry and Chai Eang opened their original Basil on King Street. Back then, the staple flavors of Thailand — lime, basil, garlic, lemongrass — were a revelation to local diners, who queued up to wait for a table. A decade later, those flavors have gone mainstream, but the pad Thai, crispy red curry duck, fried whole flounder, and the long-standing no-reservations policy keep them lined up on the sidewalk. A sleek, stylish second location in Mt. Pleasant also offers the same piping-hot soups and cool basil-tinged summer rolls that Charlestonians have long enjoyed. —Robert Moss
Dish (Winter 2014)
Smart decor, great prices, and wonderful traditional Thai dishes. Voted Best Thai/Vietnamese Restaurant by CP readers.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner, Top 50
Hours: L, weekdays. D, nightly.