Food & Drink

Leila Cafe

Published On 07/02/2009 Published On 07/02/2009
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1. Leila Cafe 1356 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Leila's a bright, 24-seat, Middle Eastern corner cafe decked out with a mirrored fresco and wall-hung musical instruments, and operated by a Lebanese native who spent 33 years consulting across the US on 35 different restaurant openings, along the way somehow earning the nickname "Smiley" from a young River Phoenix (seriously, he never stops smiling).