Residents rejoice! Waukee now has another great option for dining out.
Thai Basil opened on July 6 at 286 Highway 6 (Hickman Road) in the old Chopsticks location in the Liberty Park Mall.
Thai Basil serves Asian-style cuisine - everything from Pad Thai to Mongolian Beef to Thai curry. The menu, to put it mildly, has a little something for everyone.
Co-owners David Malaythong and Katy Lovan said they were excited to bring a new restaurant to Waukee.
"We wanted to run a restaurant of our own," said Malaythong. "We love to cook and cook for other people...we wanted to bring a little flavor to Waukee."
Malaythong is no stranger to the food industry. His father, Ghen, owns the original Thai Basil in Pella. Malaythong, 31, said after years of working for his dad, he decided it was time to do things on his own.
Malaythong, with fiancee Lovan, 24, say so far, Waukee has been the perfect spot to open a restaurant.
"It's very welcoming," said Lovan of Waukee. "I really like the community. All the people are really nice. It's nice to know a lot of customers have came back already."
Where: 286 Highway 6 (Hickman Road)
Phone: (515) 216-1026
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11-2 and 4-9; Fri. and Sat., 11-2 and 4-10 p.m., Sun. 11-4 p.m.