Authenticity? You tell me. Freshness? Never a worry!.
I'm not an authority on authentic Thai food. I've never been to Thailand, though I've eaten in more than a few restaurants in America that purport to serve authentic Thai cuisine. In any event I can identify myself as a huge fan of those classics Pad Thai, Penang Curry, Green Curry, Chicken Satay and Basil Shrimp.
What I can say about Wild Basil, even if they've borrowed inspiration for their name from another notable restaurant in the south Denver area, is that this restaurant has guaranteed freshness. When I say freshness, I mean fresh beef, fresh chicken, fresh shrimp, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, etc., etc., etc..
Do you take freshness and quality ingredients for granted? Well, if so, that's a bad bet. I've eaten at at least one restaurant that claims to be the best, or, at least, the most authentic Thai cuisine in south Denver, and I have personally experienced a lack of freshness in the realm of beef. As in, tough beef. As if that's a misdemeanor in Colorado.
Look, I'm not here to beat up on any sacred cows. I'm just saying, Check out an alternative that you haven't tried, that perhaps you haven't heard of. The Wild Basil -- it's all about the freshness. I'll leave it to Thai cuisine aficionados to chime in about the authenticity.
By the way, at The Wild Basil, when you ask for a dish Thai hot, that's what you get. They don't mess around -- Thai Hot means lots and lots of nasty little chilis chopped up in your Pad Thai. If you like it hot, no regrets -- no regrets guaranteed. At least none for your mouth or your nose or other orifices located at the north end.
Recommended wines: Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, depending on the dish. -- Dale Smyth