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Carla Hall's 10 Favorite Restaurants in Nashville

Carla Hall

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!”

Restaurants:Deacon's New South, Chaatable, Gray & Dudley at 21c
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Indian, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Nashville
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Deacon's New South

814 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in Nashville
13 people mentioned the Short Rib


494 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
A fun, cheeky place to go with a group, so that you can eat your way through the menu. Good selection of non-alcoholic drinks - I’m a fan of both the mango lassi, which pairs well Read more
92% recommended
Healthy in Nashville
10 people mentioned the Butter Chicken

Gray & Dudley at 21c

728 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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.
89% recommended
14 people mentioned the Cotton Candy


The Gulch
2,956 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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 wRead more
93% recommended
American in Nashville
106 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Butcher & Bee - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
East Nashville
573 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
Great breakfast spot with a cozy atmosphere. Vegetarians would be perfectly happy here, because there’s so many non-meat options to choose from. The menu changes often, so a great Read more
82% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Nashville
20 people mentioned the Mezze
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404 Kitchen

The Gulch
1,442 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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 eveRead more
47 people mentioned the Tri-tip


$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
2,177 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Amazing cocktails - with and without alcohol! Great place for a group and sharing plates. This place should definitely be added to your weekend brunch list.
77 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

The Gulch
2,488 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 twRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Nashville
103 people mentioned the Masala

Emmy Squared - Gulch

104 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
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 tRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Nashville
5 people mentioned the Waffle Fries

Le Sel - Permanently Closed

586 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
Treat yourself to elegance and the dream of being in Paris, even though you’re in downtown Nashville. Perfect place to come with my girlfriends. Classic French Bistro dishes like aRead more
89% recommended
14 people mentioned the Beignets
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