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Heading down to Smiles Cafe for dinner with a group tonight (10 of us). Never been there but giving it a try. Would love to hear anyone's thoughts who has been there before...

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  1. This was actually awesome. Small place, very attentive, very good selection. Great portions. We got several orders of the 'Wonderful Crispy' appetizer, basically a fried chicken wonton, which was awesome with a very spicy duck sauce. We also shared some BBQ squid, great flavor and huge portion, and some of the steamed dumplings, which were served with a solid soy-peanut dipping sauce (that we dipped every garnish on the table in).

    I got the Seafood Spicy Noodle, with flat rice noodles, with shrimp, squid, scallops and mussels, with a lot of Thai basil and chili flavor. I am a big eater and I had a sizable portion for the next day's lunch. All that for $15. Everyone else loved their meals, from chicken pad thai, to pineapple fried rice, yellow curry and others. Being a BYO, they still keep the prices down. Charming little spot, a little tight, service about average, pretty terribly laid out bathroom, but overall, for the price and the quality, I will be back.

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    1. re: mkertello

      i'll have to try it again. on my last visit i was severely unimpressed with with everything except for the stunning art, particularly one piece of the italian market by one of the waiters. upstairs there is a fascinating little gallery as well. my food was bland, but then again it's been about a year. i owe them a return visit...

    2. I really like Erawan which is a few blocks away at 123 S. 23rd St. (23rd and Sansom St.). They give you a salad, appitizer and main course for around $8 at lunch! Great deal. I think it is $15 for dinner. The food is great, the decor is nice (and very orange) and the service friendly.