Carla Hall's 10 Favorite Restaurants in Nashville

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!”

Carla Hall
Restaurants:Deacon's New South, Chaatable, Gray & Dudley at 21c
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Indian, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Nashville
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Deacon's New South

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,474 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 onsit...

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Steakhouse in Nashville
13 people mentioned the Short Rib

Chaatable

$$$$·Indian·
Nashville
824 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion

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 with spicy dishes an...

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Fit for Foodies in Nashville
10 people mentioned the Butter Chicken

Gray & Dudley at 21c

$$$$·American·
Nashville
913 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

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.

14 people mentioned the Cotton Candy

Adele's

$$$$·American·
The Gulch
3,666 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 sal...

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American in Nashville
106 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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404 Kitchen

$$$$·Modern European·
The Gulch
1,713 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 en...

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Healthy in Nashville
47 people mentioned the Tri-tip

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

$$$$·Indian·
The Gulch
3,366 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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. C...

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Fit for Foodies in Nashville
103 people mentioned the Masala

Emmy Squared - Gulch

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Nashville
154 reviews

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...

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Best Overall in Nashville
5 people mentioned the Waffle Fries