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‘Best I’ve ever had:’ Meridian Thai restaurant prepares to set up shop in Boise


The former Asian Cuisine restaurant in the Eastgate Shopping Center on Boise Ave. closed recently. But something new will soon fill the spot.

A second location of Thai Basil will open at 590 E. Boise Ave. The first eatery, on Fairview Ave. in Meridian, serves up a variety of Thai dishes – with options like pho, potstickers, pad thai and more.

Pad thai noodles. Photo courtesy Thai Basil

The Boise Weekly describes Thai Basil with praise: “You haven’t really had pad thai until you’ve tried it at Thai Basil.” The restaurant holds a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Google. A recent reviewer said, “the pad thai is also unique and best I’ve ever had, they also make homemade ice cream that is amazing.”

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Here’s how the owners describe the business: “We pride ourselves in our authentic cuisine incorporating only the freshest ingredients with staple spices and herbs including basil, ginger, galangal, kaffir (lime) leaves, and lemongrass. Every dish is prepared in traditional Thai style; each order prepared from scratch and in a piping hot wok over a fiery flame.”

Asian Cuisine replaced Siam Thai restaurant in the same location, making Thai Basil the third Asian-themed restaurant in the Eastgate Shopping Center.

The owners applied for a sign permit for the new restaurant last week, an opening date hasn’t yet been announced.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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