Nashville’s not exactly known for amazing Asian food, but Smiling Elephant’s pad thai definitely gives bigger-city Thai spots a run for their money. The cozy spot operates out of a tiny cottage in 12 South, with a little stone porch out front for al fresco dining in the summer; it’s also owned by the sweetest family imaginable. Pad thai is the obvious order, but their curries are excellent, as are the spring rolls and the warm, soothing ginger tea.

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