We have season tickets to the theater here in town and last night was our first show of the new year! It’s the show I have been waiting to see for three years! Newsies!
Newsies is definitely in my top 2 or 3 favorite movies! I saw it multiple times in the theater when it came out (sorry to my little brother who I dragged to a Beauty and the Beast/Newsies double feature) and I’ve seen it on VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray hundreds of times since. I was expecting big things from this show and it – somewhat – delivered on my expectations.
We were deciding on where to go for our preshow dinner and I thought this would be a great opportunity to start my “What I Ate” series. I guess I don’t have to be on vacation to share my gluten free meals! We have a lot of great restaurants here in Charlotte that have gluten free options!
We decided on Basil Thai mostly because (1) it was close to the Belk Theater, (2) we hadn’t been there before and (3) we really love Thai food. The only problem? It was like 20 degrees and so windy last night. I almost gave up on the walking and ran into the closest restaurant to me!! This Southern girl is not used to this weather!
After entering Basil, we were seated immediately and given menus. I told the server of my gluten allergy and she promptly switched my menu out for the gluten free one. That makes things so much easier! This excellent service continued throughout dinner. The staff was attentive and made sure to identify each dish they delivered to me as gluten free. So appreciated!
For an appetizer, we started with the Fresh Basil Rolls. They were delicious with the sauce. If you’ve had the gluten free Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls at Pei Wei, I thought these tasted really similar except for they had shrimp in them instead of chicken.
I ordered the Pad Thai as my main course. It was really good. I wish there had been a bit more meat in it (It had chicken and a few pieces of shrimp), because I think it would have been more filling. After the show, I felt the need to stop and get another dinner, but I resisted. 🙂
Hubby ordered the Green Curry Chicken with Brown Rice (which was $1 extra). It was also on the gluten free menu, but he isn’t gluten free. It’s just one of his favorite Thai dishes. He thought it was pretty good. He also thought that there could have been more meat. He likes dishes that are pretty spicy, so the regular hot (not the Thai hot) wasn’t as spicy as he had hoped. So, he’d probably up the spice level if he ever got it again.
They only have one gluten free dessert (the Mango Sticky Rice) and they were out of it (it’s a seasonal dessert), so I missed out on anything sweet. That was sort of a bummer.
Overall though, it was an excellent meal. It’s really close to the theater. So, if you need a preshow dinner, I would definitely recommend it!