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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 (4875)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old City

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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
cdc8vip
Dined 3 days ago
Rodney was our server and he gave us first rate service from start to finish.
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4.1
4.1 (2812)
$30 and under
American
SOMA

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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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely incredible experience. The American wagyu New York is my favorite steak in the city. They also gave me a delicious dessert for my birthday. Will be making many trips here in the future.
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4.5
4.5 (1969)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville

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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
KevinM
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
delicious unique food and charming atmosphere, definitely recommend for brunch
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4.8
4.8 (1263)
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
Central Business District

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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
DocB
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic food. Prompt service. Quiet atmosphere. Even when the place filled up, one could easily have a conversation and hear the other person, had I had anyone with me. Lol. Food was five star with prices more at a four star level. So excellent value. 
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4.6
4.6 (619)
$30 and under
Italian
Logan Square

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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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My expert Aw was excellent food was great drinks and calamari was superb light and flaky …it was perfect. Desert was delicious as well. I got the short ribs my son got chicken Alfredo both were great. The service was great as well superb rather nice friendly welcoming and down to earth staff .
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4.6
4.6 (626)
$30 and under
Ramen
Shaw

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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
MMFoxDCvip
Dined 5 days ago
Server Eden was just fantastic! Ramen is always fabulous! Tea is great too
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