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Carla Hall's 10 Favorite Restaurants in Nashville

A photo of Carla Hall
by Carla Hall
Updated March 12, 2019

Being a Nashville native, Carla Hall has made her way around the honky-tonk land discovering her favorite restaurants along the way. Known for her appearances on food-related TV shows like Top Chef and The Chew, she’s definitely got food down to a tee. Despite her own experience in soul food cooking, she has a love for all cuisines, especially those she’s grown so fond of in her own hometown. She gave us a list of her top foodie picks throughout Nashville. Next time you’re in the area, you’ll have to try one of her go-to spots. As Carla would say it, “Hootie Hoo!”

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4.5
4.5 (2234)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Beautiful space in the Life & Casualty Tower offering cozy, mid-century surroundings. Great brunch or lunch spot, especially if you're in the mood for a French omelette. There’s a dry-aging room onsite, so steaks and cured meats are a must. Skillet yeast rolls made to order -- just like at grandma’s house! Little gem salad with perfectly dressed bits and bobs is beautiful and thoughtfully prepared. Always save room for the Coconut cake!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Amazing service and food! Brittany was knowledgeable and friendly. Dry aged steaks are delightful.
A photo of Gray & Dudley restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1177)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Located within the 21c Museum Hotel, you forget that this is a hotel restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy and eclectic - a great place for lunch.
Top review
WadeH
Dined on May 5, 2024
Nice place for Sunday brunch, excellent service and food.
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4.7
4.7 (5543)
$31 to $50
American
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
I’m definitely a fan of the JW Chicken with Salsa Verde, as well as the JW roasted potatoes, but gnocchi will send your eyes to the back of your head. The menu is nicely balanced with a variety of salads that are large enough for 3-4 servings and great side vegetable dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service. The gnocchi was excellent!
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4.4
4.4 (2361)
$30 and under
Unspecified
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
Incredible vegetarian-friendly spot which prides itself with rooftop/outdoor seating. They had me at homemade burrata! The skillet cornbread is also a must. I don’t drink, but everyone in my party enjoyed delicious cocktails. The zero-proof drinks that I tried were just as good.
Top review
JoannaB
Dined on May 9, 2024
Awesome dinner! Our server, Marissa, was fabulous! Food was delicious.
A photo of Chauhan Ale & Masala House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5251)
$30 and under
Indian
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
Beautifully prepared Indian food with some American and Southern twists thrown in here and there. The Tandoori Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Kashmiri Spiced Braised Lamb Shank are two of my favorites. Customizable menu with proteins and traditional Indian sauces.
Top review
Colinrice78
Dined 3 days ago
The food as always was amazing. The chicken masala poutine fries are delicious. Great service
A photo of Emmy Squared Pizza - Gulch restaurant
4.8
4.8 (229)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
The pizza has everything that you'd want it to have - yeasty crust with just the right amount of chew and salt (and enough crispy edges for everyone to enjoy), perfectly balanced tomato sauce with the right amount of acidity, and great toppings. Another crowd pleaser is the double stacked burger called Le Big Matt - insane!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
The LeMatt is absolutely delicious! This will be our new favorite place for burgers. The add on for waffle fries is a bit expensive at 7.00. I’ve also had the pizza and loved it as well!
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