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

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by Carla Hall
Updated 13 March 2019

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!

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4.7
4.7 (4942)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old City
About the restaurant
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 not a vegetarian. Ideal spot for afternoon tea and Sunday brunch. Homemade pastries and granola will have you coming back.
Top review
BurnellGvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great experience. Will recommend it and will be back. The best burger that I’ve ever eaten and the best scallops that my wife has ever had.
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4.6
4.6 (2822)
$31 to $50
American
SOMA
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
stylishmom24vip
Dined on 12 May 2024
Overall, amazing experience. Huge shoutout to Chino our server (and the rest of the serving staff) and, Jose for making sure my family had a wonderful experience. See my detailed review on Yelp!
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4.6
4.6 (1988)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville
About the restaurant
Modern take on soul food using traditional ingredients. Authentic food with plenty of surprises. Great cocktails + great atmosphere = my ideal restaurant. The potlikker-braised chicken wings with chow chow are must!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 11 May 2024
Perfect place to start your walking tour of Asheville. Great food and friendly, efficient service.
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4.7
4.7 (1305)
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
Central Business District
About the restaurant
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 dumplings makes for the perfect order. Their homemade, hand-pulled noodles are toothsome and full of flavor.
Top review
NicholeGvip
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing as always! We ordered everything on the menu and each dish was excellent.
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4.6
4.6 (635)
$30 and under
Italian
Logan Square
About the restaurant
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 so good, you’ll feel like it’s your first time experiencing this. This place is also great for vegetarians.
Top review
ThomasG
Dined 3 days ago
Saba serves authentic Italian cuisine. The pasta tasted homemade. Everything was fresh and delicious. Our server was excellent, always available but never intrusive.
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4.6
4.6 (637)
$30 and under
Ramen
Shaw
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My favorite ramen spot in dc. I recommend the spicy ramen and adding an egg. So sad to see they took away the crispy pig ears (trust me they were amazing). Still love this place when I need some yummy ramen and a huge mug of ice cold beer.
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