Chef, television personality, cookbook author, and host of the podcast "Say Yes!": Carla Hall does it all. These are her favorite spots in her hometown of Nashville.Less
"When people think of Black restaurants," says Hall, "they think of traditional Soul Food a lot of the time. I wanted to show a wide spread of restaurants that I like to go to. The Southern V is a vegan restaurant; there's a longstanding and growing population of African-Americans who are vegan. They have a dish called the Luther Burger—an Impossible Burger—that I could eat any time of day. They're also a bakery, and their doughnuts are soooo good."
"My family has been going to Swett's for years. This is where we go for Sunday suppers. It's a meat and three, and the johnnycakes—well, I don't even want to get into that, but YES! Whenever I come home, we go here."
"The great thing about brunch is ordering the entire menu, which means you need a lot of people—at least four people. Shugga Hi has a great brunch, great shrimp and grits: It's the type of place I would go with my girlfriends to get together."
"Because you need a cupcake! I love Mignon Francois: She's amazing, and the cupcakes are delicious. The family runs it, and everyone working there is so joyful and so happy. You just want to stay there, chew the fat, and eat cupcakes!"
"I don't drink beer, but I do eat pizza. They do an oblong flatbread-like pizza cut into squares—it's more of a thin cracker crust, and it's awesome. I just love the idea of a Black-owned pizza joint. Also, whenever I go to a pizza place for the first time, I always just get the cheese pizza—I don't want anything hiding!"
"This is a sports bar, and I don't even look at sports, but I love that everyone is either happy or excited or mad and talking smack when they watch the game. Plus this place has really great sandwiches!"