Basil’s & Co. (Greensboro NC)

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Glenn and I traveled to four different states to visit family and friends for the holidays. Of course, we had to return to Greensboro between each trip so that my boss wouldn’t forget who I was. Just as we were finally settling into the second week of 2010, Glenn had the opportunity to go back to Virginia to hike with his brother and dad. But before he took off, we had a lovely dinner at Greensboro’s newest restaurant, Basil’s & Co.

As the name suggests, Basil’s & Co. is owned by the same couple as Sweet Basil’s. After enjoying the success of their first restaurant, they decided to open a second location that would have a kitchen large enough to accommodate their catering business and a setting that would be casual and affordable enough to appeal to a savvy diner.

They may have reduced the price of the food at Basil’s & Co., but they haven’t reduced the quality. Basil’s & Co. serves the same contemporary southern cuisine as her sister restaurant, but the entrees come in small and large plates so you can eat more affordably ($10-15 and $15-28, respectively). The small plates are plenty for one person, but you won’t be taking anything home.

To start, we ordered the flatbread with smoked salmon and cream cheese. That was large enough and delicious enough to be an entire meal, but don’t worry, we didn’t stop there. For dinner, I had quail (for the first time!) over blue cheese polenta. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender without being fatty and the polenta was perfectly creamy and rich without overpowering the quail. Glenn had the mussels with fennel and sausage. The mussels were fresh and steamed to perfection, but the real show stopper was the olivey, winey, fennely, sausagey sauce poured over the top. Even the waiter knew that was the main attraction — when he came to clear our plates he asked if we would like some bread to soak up the sauce. Yes. Yes we would.

For a spontaneous, casual dinner, we wound up with quite a romantic evening. We had to sit at the bar because we didn’t have a reservation, but that worked out okay because it was half-priced martini night (I had the signature martini with basil, grapefruit juice, and citron) and live music night (a guy at the corner of the bar playing Grateful Dead and John Prine covers). We spent three hours sipping and nibbling away at our casual dinner.

Basil’s & Co. is a new restaurant located on Westover Terrace in Greensboro. They offer contemporary southern fare in a casual setting for lunch, dinner, and late night dining. Entrees come in small and large plates ($10-15 and $15-28, respectively). Wednesday is half priced wine night and Thursday is half priced martini night (regularly around $10). Reservations are recommended.

Details:
1310 Westover Terrace
Greensboro NC 27408
(336) 285-9023
Tuesday — Friday, 11:30 a.m. — 12:00 midnight
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. — 12:00 midnight

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