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Bright, fresh and flavorful, Thai styles abound in the Inland Northwest

click to enlarge The Spicy Old Man dish at Sala Thai in Airway Heights. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The Spicy Old Man dish at Sala Thai in Airway Heights.

Bangkok Thai Bangkok Thai serves up authentic, gourmet Thai food in an atmosphere to match. With curry, duck, chicken, veggies and seafood all on the menu, Bangkok Thai has anything you could want from a Thai restaurant, including lunch specials that let you sample specialties like pad thai, sweet and sour chicken and three different curries for a great price. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 325-8370 • 101 N. Argonne Rd., Suite E, Spokane Valley • 315-9943 | 1325 S. Grand Blvd. • 838-8424 •

Linnie's Thai Cuisine The menu here is classic Thai — curries, satay, rice and noodle dishes. Linnie's has been open for more than 25 years, and new customers will want to try their fantastic pad thai and their famous housemade peanut sauce, Linnie's serves many dishes that can be prepared gluten-free or vegetarian. End the meal with a dish of ice cream and sticky black rice. 1301 W. Third Ave.• 838-0626

Phonthip Style Thai Don't let the diminutive size of the dining room fool you; the flavors of Phothip Style Thai's dishes are as big as they come among the Inland Northwest's Thai restaurants. The curries are stellar, delivered in a range of spiciness and flavors, and the pad thai is excellent. Start off with some steamed dumplings if you're really hungry. Vegetarians will be thrilled by the fresh, sweet-and-sour veggies and rice. 1006 E. Francis Ave.• 487-3559

Sala Thai Sala Thai prides itself on making every dish fresh, by hand, and the vast array of flavorful dishes and sauces certainly deliver. You can find all the classic Thai dishes, but delve into the more rare fare like the Spicy Old Man, a stir-fry with fresh chilies as the star, or the Spicy Duck served on a sizzling platter to taste all Sala Thai has to offer. 12924 W. Sunset Hwy., Suite 104, Airway Heights, Wash. • 244-4800 •

Thai Bamboo Whether you're the kind of person who always goes for the safe — yet still tasty — order of pad thai noodles, or consider yourself a more adventurous diner whose goal is to try everything on Thai Bamboo's diverse and extremely varied menu, you're bound to be satisfied and full when you leave any of the four locations. Great food, good service, prices and portions — it all adds up to Thai Bamboo repeatedly being voted Inlander readers' favorite Thai restaurant. 5406 N. Division • 777-8424 | 2926 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 232-8424 | 12722 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 444-8424 | 2010 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-5300 •

Thai Ginger If you don't mind enduring a lack of atmosphere for the sake of brilliant food, then start your voyage to Thai Ginger. The curry and tom yum soups are served in flaming bowls, and the peanut sauce is so delicious that its memory will haunt you for days. 300 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 509-334-0477

Thai Kitchen Thai Kitchen boasts a number of home-cooked, authentic Thai dishes, and if you don't know what to order, Paul the owner is often nearby to help you decide. His wife is the chef and prepares everything herself. The cashew chicken is at the top of our "yum" scale, and you can choose your level of spice. 621 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 926-8161

Thai on First Egg rolls, pad thai, coconut cream, seafood soup, squid salad — the list goes on. Thai on First may not have the sharpest atmosphere around, but the food is so good you'll be in another world completely. Watch out, though: When they say five-stars spiciness, they mean five stars. Also, make sure to visit at the right time; the restaurant closes between lunch and dinner. 411 W. First Ave. • 455-4288

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