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Carla Hall's 10 Favorite Restaurants Across the U.S.

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

Fork - Philadelphia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
3,933 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
89% recommended
29 people mentioned the Gnocchi

King + Duke

2,556 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
92% recommended
83 people mentioned the Hush Puppies

Alta Adams

$$$$·Soul food·
392 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • 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
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Downtown / South and East LA
12 people mentioned the Oxtail

International Smoke San Francisco

2,175 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
52 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Grand Cafe

941 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Minneapolis - St. Paul
16 people mentioned the Shellfish

Benne on Eagle

357 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
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
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Asheville / Western North Carolina
6 people mentioned the Oxtail

Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
333 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Elegant setting and great service. The perfect place to spend an afternoon with girlfriends or mom & daughter outing.
94% recommended
Best Service in Chicago
47 people mentioned the High Tea


West Loop
839 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
656 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
92% recommended
8 people mentioned the Blue Crab

Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago

Logan Square
173 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food
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
3 people mentioned the Cavatelli


339 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
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.
95% recommended
97 people mentioned the Ramen

Kith / Kin

Southwest Waterfront
1,133 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


Greenwich Village
1,862 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
92% recommended
52 people mentioned the Dumplings