Where we’re dining: Basil Thai
Parking in one place and not having to leave the area for multiple activities brings with it a small sense of joy. So enjoy the convenience of parking in the Aloft parking garage, hanging a left from the breezeway and landing at Basil Thai Cuisine, just underneath the show location. Tucked away in One City Plaza at 9. N. Laurens St., Greenville, Basil’s Greenville spot is not as visually prominent as the original King Street Charleston location, but the basil rolls are just as fresh and flavorful. Since you’ll likely be drinking plenty upstairs at the show, opt for hot tea service for a pick-me-up with dinner.
Fresh basil rolls: $6.95 (two); $9.95 (three)
Shrimp, rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts and basil, wrapped in a rice paper wrapper. Served with chef Suntorn’s house sauce.
Larb (chicken or beef): $6.95
Minced meat spiced with ground rice, onions, mint, scallions, cilantro, chili powder, lemon juice and fish sauce. Served with a wedge of cabbage.
Masaman curry: $15.50
Potatoes, onions and cashew nuts.
Tom kha gai tureen (chicken coconut): $12.50
Sliced chicken breast cooked in coconut milk with galanga roots, lime leaves, lemon grass, button mushrooms, cilantro and scallions.
Basil duck: $26.95 (to share)
Boneless half duck, deep-fried, topped with basil, bell peppers, onions, garlic, snow peas and button mushrooms. Stir-fried with the house Basil Sauce.
What we’re seeing: April B. & The Cool @ Aloft Greenville
April Bennett was once a familiar face on the Greenville music scene, a compelling frontwoman who could captivate a crowd with an acoustic guitar or lay down sinuous, seductive funk-soul-rock grooves with her fantastic backing band, The Cool. April B. relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, a few years back, though, and we don’t get as many chances to see her around here. That’s a shame, because she and her band have developed by leaps and bounds since heading up to North Carolina, adding guitarist J.P. Miller and becoming a more explosive, joyous outfit that can jam all night or drive home a pinpoint-precise groove. Take this chance to see her and The Cool back in town this weekend.
- What: April B. & The Cool
- When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
- Where: Aloft Greenville, 5 N. Laurens St., Greenville
- Tickets: Free