It's close to lunch time and I'm getting hungry. My first thought is of Sweet Basil Cafe and their delicious Red White & Bleu salad. I promise I don't know the people who own Sweet Basil and I am in no way obligated to say that I love this place. And I do love this place. I've been eating at Sweet Basil since I arrived in Florence over seven years ago. And I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience here, either.
First of all, their lunch menu is diverse and will suit just about any pallet. From sandwiches to soups to salads, this menu boasts fresh ingredients and wonderful flavor combinations. And men, don't be put off by the soup, sandwich, salad offering. Their sandwich selection includes very hearty choices that will fill any belly.
Aside from the every-day menu, Sweet Basil offers a weekly menu that always gets my mouth watering. We have it faxed to our office, but you can check it out online and have it delivered to your email inbox. After sampling these gourmet specialties, I guarantee you will watch the menu like a hawk to make sure you never miss your favorite dish. Mine is the tomato shrimp stack and I'm sad that it is only served very rarely. In fact I haven't seen it in over a year. But I'm always hopeful. Some other favorites are the Kobe beef burger and the shrimp burger.
Now let's talk about their grocery selection. I love to cook for fun and try out new recipes. The problem with that in the Shoals area is there is a shortage of grocery stores with a good selection. I have found, though, that Sweet Basil carries a variety of ingredients that will complete nearly any recipe. From Asian sauces and oils to hard-to-find pastas and gourmet jellies that will compliment any cheese, Sweet Basil has it. They also have a large selection of wines that you can pair with any meal. Do you have a wedding shower or house warming party to attend? Pick out a basket and fill it with sauces, rubs, wines, jellies, cheeses, pastas and even kitchen utensils that any chef or non-chef will enjoy. You don't have to have experience to use these ingredients.
Sweet Basil also caters events large and small. Give them a call to plan your next event. And if you are looking to improve your culinary skills, be on the lookout for Sweet Basil's next cooking class. They will teach you techniques that will make cooking faster and easier.