Mixing Up the Menu at Basico

basicoThere are more than two dozen items on Basico’s menu, but it was the listed dish components which beckoned to the eaters at my table.  Cotija pimento cheese sounded too imaginative to be confined to a burger: Might we try it on a griddled corn tortilla? And how about this side of spicy turnip greens? Wouldn’t that make a better vegetarian taco base than braised beans?

But our mixing and matching reached its apex when the elements reached the table: My hands-down favorite Basico dish is a spicy greens-and-pimento cheese taco. You won’t find it on the menu.

Since chefs invest serious time and thought in constructing dishes, I wondered whether the folks who had a say in assembling Basico’s menu would bless our tinkering – or chalk it up as thoughtless, ungracious meddling. Continue reading

Southern Living Names Basico as One of The South’s Best New Bars

AR-130909748.jpg&q=80&MaxW=750&MaxH=350Basico’s updated country club vibe earned the Park Circle taqueria a spot on Southern Living’s list of The South’s Best New Bars, featured in this month’s issue of the magazine.

According to an editor’s note, the 20 chosen bars are “a throwback to a time when whiskey and Champagne were sipped by elegant folks in sleek social rooms,” minus the pretension. Basico at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club won praise for its summery, un-stuffy ambiance and spicy grapefruit margarita.

Basico was grouped with Nashville’s ultra-trendy Pinewood Social, the carnivalesque eating-and-drinking warehouse from The Catbird Seat team, in the “social club” category. Continue reading