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Thai Basil

Map & Directions 3110 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
  • Thai
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available


Phoenix New Times' Description

The folks at Thai Basil dressed up a former sub shop with dark wood tables and chairs, muted gold walls, charming vintage portraits, and Thai woodcarvings to make the simple space welcoming to solo diners and small groups alike. The prices are alluring, too. Hardly anything's over $10, and at lunch, all but two dishes are $6.95. Start off with smooth-as-satin coconut soup (tom kha), or delicate fried spring rolls stuffed with a savory mix of carrots, cabbage, and glass noodles. Papaya salad (som-tum) is full of exhilarating flavors, and is big enough to share or to eat as a main dish. Thai Basil's curry plates, served with soft piles of jasmine rice, are delicious, as is the soy-and-herb-marinated barbecued pork. And the pad Thai here can be summed up in one word: classic.

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  • phoenixnewtimesbestof wrote a review for Thai Basil
    on 05/06/09

    What is it in the desert soil that's making Thai Basil flourish? We're not sure, but we suspect it has something to do with locals' taste for fiery food. (Surely you didn't think we limit ourselves to spicy Mexican cuisine, did you?) In just three years, Thai Basil has grown from one modest eatery (a dressed-up former sub shop near ASU) into a burgeoning chain with additional... More >>

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  • Kal A. on 01/03/12

    Coconut soup is deelish!

  • Genevieve R. on 01/21/11

    I am not being ridiculous when I tell you that the coconut soup here will change lives.

  • Leslie A. on 10/26/11

    I could eat Thai Basil every day! <3 YOU NEED THE PEANUT CURRY. Best thai iced tea in town! Inviting, cozy, cute decor/atmosphere. Also, take home a tub of their delicious salad dressing for $5!! :)

  • David L. on 08/18/11

    Getting food to go here is a good option; they do a great job putting everything in individual containers so it's not a mess. Good yellow curry chicken, by the way.

  • Bryan S. on 09/19/12

    Coconut soup and Thai tea are a must! Get in my belly......

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