The Smiling Elephant
- Mon-Thurs: 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm
- Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-9:30pm
- Sat: 4:30pm-9:30pm
- Lunch, Dinner
- Good for Kids
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.