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Carla Hall

We asked Carla Hall, the queen of soul food, about her favorite restaurants all across the nation. You may know her from her many appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef, or maybe you know her from America’s foodie-themed talkshow The Chew. Regardless of where you know her, the one thing you should know about her is her love for cuisines of all kinds. Lucky us, she filled us in on all her favorite eateries and dishes. You’re sure to find something on this list that’ll satisfy any and all of your cravings. Hootie hoo and happy eating!

Restaurants:Fork - Philadelphia, King + Duke, Alta Adams
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Soul food
Neighborhoods:Old City, Buckhead, Downtown
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,783 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Innovative and thoughtfully-prepared food that’s approachable in a sophisticated and modern setting. I'm always blown away by the creative vegetarian selections, even though I’m noRead more
88% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia
29 people mentioned the Gnocchi
$$$$·American·
Buckhead
2,368 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This place has an outside bar that's a fun atmosphere for a group, but also perfect for date night. Plenty of shareable dishes to taste around the menu. MUST save room for the sticRead more
87% recommended
83 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
$$$$·Soul food·
Downtown
196 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Best modern soul food with a lovely outdoor patio in an overall beautiful setting. The collard greens with pot likker is a must, and don’t forget the house-made chow chow. The frieRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Downtown / South and East LA
12 people mentioned the Oxtail
$$$$·American·
SOMA
1,619 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
The seafood platter is a must! There’s a whole vegetable section on the menu that’s just as fantastic as the ribs and steaks.
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
52 people mentioned the Mac Cheese
$$$$·French·
Whittier
898 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Elegant French bistro that oozes with vintage charm. The omelette with crabmeat is perfectly executed and deliciously decadent -- not to be missed. So many dishes that are perfectlRead more
99% recommended
Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
16 people mentioned the Shellfish
$$$$·American·
Asheville
126 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Modern take on soul food using traditional ingredients. Authentic food with plenty of surprises. Great cocktails + great atmosphere = my ideal restaurant. The potlikker-braised chiRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Asheville / Western North Carolina
6 people mentioned the Oxtail
$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
301 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Elegant setting and great service. The perfect place to spend an afternoon with girlfriends or mom & daughter outing.
47 people mentioned the High Tea
$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
838 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Delicious cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks amidst a great atmosphere. From snacks to pastas to entrees -- both traditional and modern -- you're sure to find something delicious. Read more
93% recommended
43 people mentioned the Ragu
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$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Central Business District
548 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
An eclectic mix of Asian influences, hints of Cajun and sprinklings of Italian. The dim sum brunch is a must! The bibb lettuce salad with chaat spice with a few different dumplingsRead more
97% recommended
8 people mentioned the Blue Crab
$$$$·Italian·
Logan Square
131 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great cocktails accompanied by an airy and light decor with a warm atmosphere. Great place for a group, because you must order everything on the menu. The pita and hummus combo is Read more
90% recommended
3 people mentioned the Cavatelli
$$$$·Ramen·
Shaw
267 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Shoyu ramen with a spicebomb, egg and corn is so flavorful and craveable. In addition to the ramen, be sure to try their amazing appetizers.
96% recommended
Best Value in District of Columbia
97 people mentioned the Ramen
$$$$·Caribbean·
Southwest Waterfront
693 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The name is an old-fashioned term which means friends and relatives, but this restaurant is anything but old-fashioned. Jamaican, Caribbean and West African-influenced fare with boRead more
88% recommended
24 people mentioned the Oxtail
$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,615 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
Cozy vegetarian restaurant with vegan options, too! Great breads and spreads to start. All dishes are thoughtfully prepared from those starting on the lighter side and getting progRead more
91% recommended
52 people mentioned the Dumplings