Busaba’s clean, flavor-forward, eye-popping Thai fare is worth the trip if you live outside of Louisville. Busaba is currently offering a limited menu for carry-out and dine-in on the patio or in the restaurant (and if you choose to dine-in, rest assured the staff are taking social distancing and sanitization seriously, while still retaining Busaba’s characteristic level of hospitality and friendliness). We stopped in for the Bangkok street fried rice on a recent visit — lightly crisped rice with broccoli, tomato, onion, spices and your choice of protein (we selected pork), at your level of spiciness (we went pretty darn spicy). The dish is perfectly balanced with subtle sour and sweet notes, and the thin-sliced pork is well-browned and tender. When Busaba says hot, it means hot (we do not recommend selecting “Thai hot” unless you know what you’re doing), but the combination of the endorphin rush from the spice and the downright irresistible flavor of the dish all but guarantees an empty plate.
Busaba, 133 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, 303-665-0330, busabaco.com