Nashville-Style Hot Chicken, Nut-Free!

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen: Nut-Free Nashville Style Hot Chicken Restaurant Opens in Brooklyn!

Top Chef finalist and The Chew co-host Carla Hall has officially opened the doors to her first restaurant: Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen. Her speciality dish? Hot Chicken, a unique spin on traditional style Southern fried chicken with an extra layer of added heat (six to choose from to be exact)! The best part? Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is an 100% nut-free kitchen. One of the partners of the restaurant has a daughter with nut allergies, and wanted to create an environment that would be safe for her to visit. Carla Hall has made sure all dishes served at the restaurant are 100% nut-free. No outside food is allowed in, making it a totally safe establishment for those with nut allergies! Given that my husband is a huge fan of southern food (especially fried chicken that was guaranteed to be nut-free), we knew we needed to visit!

Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

I love the the bright homey interior lined with chicken-patterned wallpaper. No table service or fancy tablecloths, it’s a casual, down-home fast-casual restaurant that’s the perfect place to get a quick bite to eat. Check out the full menu here.

As we were waiting for our food Carla Hall came out to say hello to everyone dining in the restaurant. We had a lovely conversation about food allergies, and I thanked her for creating a safe place for those with nut allergies. Carla mentioned she had spoken at the FARE Conference a few years ago and understands the importance of creating a safe space for those with food allergies. Thanks Carla!

Chopped Salad from Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

We started off our meal with a chopped salad made with kale, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, topped with a white BBQ dressing. Instead of pecans which are used to give the salad a crunchy texture, this nut-free alternative uses baked black-eyed peas as a replacement. I always appreciate a nut-free substitution! This is also a naturally gluten-free dish, and in the future a grilled chicken topping will be offered that will also be gluten-free to make it a higher protein option.

Pictured above are the heat levels of hot chicken you can choose from. We went for Southern (no sauce) and Hoot & Honey (sweet & spicy). I love that when someone orders the “Boomshakalaka” they ring a cow bell in the restaurant!

Next up: a chicken plate Southern Style (no sauce) which is essentially classic fried chicken, served on top of sliced white pullman bread and topped with pickles. My husband also ordered a freshly baked biscuit and a side of butter and peach bourbon jam from The Nashville Jam Company. Given that the chicken is breaded (AKA not gluten-free), I handed this dish to my husband to taste-test. He loved it!

After a light appetizer of fried chicken (hah!), we were served up a plate of the Hoot & Honey (sweet & spicy) chicken along with a variety of hot and cold sides. Coleslaw, Candied Yams, Sweet & Yukon Potato Salad, Collards ‘n Pot Likker, and Baked Mac and Cheese. I tried all the sides with the exception of the Mac and Cheese which isn’t gluten-free, and hands down my favorite was the candied yams. My husband loved the hot chicken, coleslaw, and potato salad. All the sides are vegetarian, and there is talks of creating a high-protein side in the future for those who are vegetarian or have celiac disease.

Even though the chicken only had a level-2 spice, my husband said it was pretty spicy! Beware if you’re sensitive to heat! I can’t imagine how people eat level 6!

Wheat-Free Cornbread Muffin

This cornbread muffin is my new love. It’s 100% wheat-free and made from one ingredient: cornmeal. The cornmeal is sourced from a farm just outside of Nashville called Beaverdamn Creek Mill where it’s milled for Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen and shipped within 48-hours. Delicious! After eating essentially everything on the menu we still saved a bit of room for dessert!

Nut free M&M’s from Vermont Nut Free! Such a sweet option for those with a nut allergy!

Chocolate and pretzels also from Vermont Nut-Free with a cute custom label!

I tried a sample of their signature soft serve in vanilla which is mixed with buttermilk to give it a slightly tart taste. I was hooked!

Overall, dining at Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen was a delightful experience. I loved that my husband could eat everything without any worry about ingredients with nuts. Although I wasn’t able to try the chicken, I had more than enough options with the side dishes, salad, and cornbread. I look forward to seeing what gluten-free options are offered in the future, but honestly I’d go again just to be able to have my husband be able to eat everything! Please note, that if you have celiac disease there is flour (lots of it) in the kitchen, however this totally depends on your level of comfort.

Visit Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen at 115 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

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