59 2022 WWW. BESTOFMP.COM www. Bes tOfMP. com | www. Bes tOfMP. Vi deo | www. Bes tOfMPpodcas t . com BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT Basil has won readers over yet again this year, offering up succulent, refined Thai dishes to excite your palate. Diners dig their authentic cuisine, upscale decor and outstanding service, so it’s no wonder that they receive this honor year after year. Other Nominees: Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar / Asian Flavor BEST BAKERY Whether you’re craving fresh bread or a sweet treat, Kudzu Bakery & Market strives for perfection in flavor, dishing out baked goods with a presentable, homemade look that just might trick dinner guests into thinking you whipped them up yourself. Other Nominees: Sena Cafe / Saveurs du Monde Cafe BEST BAR – INDOOR Opal Restaurant & Bar bills itself as a“friendly neighborhood restaurant,” and that’s never more true than during happy hours when you can enjoy tasty snacks with the libation of your choosing. Try a martini with the chef’s charcuterie plate. Other Nominees: SAVI Cucina + Wine Bar / Tavern & Table FOOD AND DRINK From left to right: Stevie Twomey with Joey Bag a Donuts; Emily Slawson with Water’s Edge Restaurant; Justin Quinn with Water’s Edge Restaurant. Photo by Mar k S ta f f .