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

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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Updated March 13, 2019
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Fork - Philadelphia

Price: Expensive
Contemporary American
Old City
4716 reviews
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.

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International Smoke San Francisco

Price: Moderate
2772 reviews
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.

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Benne on Eagle

Price: Expensive
1906 reviews
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!

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Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar - Chicago

Price: Moderate
Logan Square
529 reviews
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.

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Price: Moderate
607 reviews
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.

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