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If you've ever wanted your sugar snap peas to act more like potato chips, Minted Sugar Snap Peas ($6)* from The Smile are the snack for you.* The crisp peas are tossed with a more-than-ample amount of good olive oil and a ton of sea salt and mint, such that the herb really flavors every bite without ever being overwhelming.
They're salty in that snackable can't-get-enough way; some bites were a little too salty, but give the whole bowl a good stir and you should be fine. Simple? Of course. But there's nothing wrong with simple done right.
That's generally our experience with The Smile, food that's casual and occasionally a bit pricey but always delivering on flavor, even in unexpected places. Like, well, a bowl of peas.
* The verb-ization or, even worse, participle-ization of nouns is one of my biggest editor's pet peeves, on menus or otherwise; what's wrong with "Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Sea Salt"? I will, however, confine my pedantry to this footnote because these things really are delicious.
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