Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in the comments.
#72 The Basil Inferno at Thai Bistro
The "Basil Inferno" with chicken appears on Thai Bistro's inexpensive lunch menu. "That's our most popular lunch special," the waitress said when I ordered it. It's easy to see why. The heady blast of Thai basil and fresh Thai chile is a jolt to the senses. The herbs and peppers are combined with garlic, onions, mushrooms, bell pepper and thin-sliced white meat chicken, and every bite is a thrill. The popular "Basil Inferno" entrée can be ordered with shrimp, chicken or pork.
The original Thai Bistro is located on the Southwest Freeway near Buffalo Speedway. It's got a well-deserved reputation for serving top-quality Thai food in an upscale white-linen-tablecloth setting. The Thai curries are outstanding -- try the shrimp and pineapple in spicy red curry sometime. There's now a second location of Thai Bistro on Westheimer near Kirkwood, and it's carrying on the high standards of the original.
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