I have been to Thailand 4 times, one was a culinary tour where we learnt about the different regions, the flavors and indigenous ingredients. With that being said I can tell you that Thai on 1st is the best/authentic Thai Food in Spokane. Granted they don't always use the exact ingredients, mainly because they can't be found here but what they do get right is the flavor of each dish.
However being very authentic tends to create problems when people who are not accustomed to real Thai food try it. The fact is many people think that the food at Thai Bamboo (a local bollywood chain) is authentic when it is not and they expect this food to taste like their highly Americanized versions prepared by American or Mexican cooks.
It's sad that a whole host of people think "authentic" Italian food is the Olive Garden or authentic Mexican food is taco bell but it's true. So when people on this board tell you that they "eat alot [sic] of Thai food and this is the first time it tastes like this" I truly feel sad. I hope they never go to Thailand because they will be sorely disappointed in the food there unless they stick to McDonalds and KFC.
Here are some hints, since this is authentic they use authentic thai spice levels. If you have only eaten at Americanized Thai places (or places that use Americanized ratings) this would be an appropriate for their spice levels.
If you order a 3 try a 1
If you like 4 get a 2
If you like 5, 3 is probably good
If you add spice to your 5 get a 4
Do yourself a favor and try Thai on First if you wish to have an authentic Thai meal.
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