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“The Best Local Thai Food”
Review of Smiling Elephant

Smiling Elephant
Ranked #42 of 2,152 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
Description: opened in Nashville this year
Restaurant details
Description: opened in Nashville this year
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Always busy, always a line... Worth the wait even on a cold night. So good, fresh and a great value.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

This place makes you feel like you've arrived in Thailand, the atmosphere is perfect. We started with coconut soup and it was excellent..lots of ingredients. We followed up with the Pad Thai, which has been voted Nashville's best Pad Thai in several publications. We know why! The menu said it was "traditional" instead of "Americanized" like most Thai restaurants. No rice noodles (although they'll substitute if you want), it is served with green bean noodles...they are great!! The dish isn't full of noodles...you get lots of ingredients...we chose chicken as our meat. Go here for sure!!

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Thank D L W
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

My husband and I were visiting friends in Nashville from NYC and tried this place for dinner one night. We've had plenty of good thai food in NYC but this place was great. Our friends that live in Nashville love it and we know why!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a tiny, family-run restaurant. Mr. Kopsumbut took a couple of years to finish the interior in wood before opening the place. The food is very fresh and adjusted to your taste. My vegan son and daughter in law stop by here at least twice every time they are in town. It's not good for a group, because it IS tiny, with small tables, and people stand around waiting for tables to open up. Also great for ordering food to go. The ginger tea is pretty spicy so you might want to sample before you order. A friend of mine living in Thailand for a while and being in the restaurant brought back many memories. Everything is wonderful but we especially love the Pad Thai and the Cashew Tofu with Peanut Sauce.

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Thank debracake
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is probably the best Thai food that I have ever eaten! I have experienced take-away (fast service and great value) as well as a sit down meal on several occasions. Each time I left more than happy.

Thank ApexMagpie
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