Pho Basil offers cutting-edge flavors that tease the taste buds

Pho Basil’s fried calamari was tender and not rubbery. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

As I walked into Pho Basil on a recent Tuesday night hoping to satisfy a craving for something creamy with soft spices at a restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, buzzed chatter filled the whole dining room, and all but one table was taken. Stepping inside, the décor of this small restaurant was inviting. The dim lighting at each table encouraged conversations while also making it easier for diners to tune out noise. Considering the busy night, it wasn’t long until my fried calamari ($7.25) came. Lightly battered fried calamari was garnished with scallions and pickled jalapeños, and … Continue reading