A perennial winner of the “Nashville Scene” best Thai category, Smiling Elephant is for serious diners: no reservations, limited parking, and no booze. In the small, crowded dining room you’ll find a traditional noodle cart, manufactured by the owner’s father and used as a serving station. Vegetarian-friendly, the Elephant serves tofu dishes that are baked for a denser texture instead of the spongy or pre-fried stuff as well as an array of both spicy and savory dishes.
2213 8th Ave. S.
Our Rating Neighborhood 8th Avenue South, Melrose & Berry Hill Hours Tues–Fri 11am–2:30pm and 5–9pm; Sat 4:30–9pm Phone 615/891-4488 Prices Main courses $5–$18. No credit cards. Cuisine Type Thai Web site Smiling Elephant
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