Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen – Cobble Hill, Brooklyn – October 29, 2016
Nashville Hot Chicken is one of the biggest food trends now. It is,
“…a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chicken, 2016)
Carla Hall, of Top Chef and The Chew fame, has opened Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen serving Nashville Hot Chicken in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The chicken is served with varying degrees of heat ranging from no sauce (no heat) to Boomshakalaka (stinging heat). Our friends, Tony and Deanna, joined us for lunch at the restaurant.
I ordered The Jefferson, a chicken leg and thigh, which comes with a choice of two side dishes and one of three types of bread (buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, and sweet potato rolls). I chose candied yams and baked mac and cheese along with a buttermilk biscuit. I also sampled the cornbread, collard greens, and sweet and Yukon gold potato salad from my husband’s plate. We both ordered our chicken with Hoot ‘n Honey (sweet and spicy) sauce. The chicken was juicy, flavorful, and tender, and while my chicken leg lacked enough sauce the chicken thigh was adequately covered. The sauce was lightly sweet and spicy. The sides were all good, but the standout was the candied yams. They were tender, bursting with flavor, and just sweet enough. The mac and cheese was a little too grainy and dripping with liquid for my taste. The collard greens were slightly tough and under cooked. I liked the sweet and Yukon gold potato salad because it was sweet, savory, and creamy. The cornbread was a little too dry, but the buttermilk biscuit was fresh from the oven. It was buttery, flaky, and altogether delicious.
I enjoyed a lemonade with my meal. It was sweet and tart tasting like it was made with freshly squeezed lemons rather than being made from a mix. It was a nice complement to my meal.
Accessibility Rating for Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen
I used my wheelchair to visit Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen.
- Entryway – 4: There is one wide door at the entrance. There is a step up to the entrance, but the restaurant has a proper, portable, long, metal ramp for customers who require it to enter and exit. There is a bump at the threshold.
- Bathroom (Unisex) – 3: The spacious, moderately lit bathroom has two grab bars around the toilet. I was able to make a 180° turn within the bathroom with ease. I was not able to fit underneath the sink. The sink has standard length faucet handles and a standard height faucet.
- Walkways/Space – 3: The brightly lit space has both low tables and high counters where customers can eat. The counter has tall stools and the tables has standard height chairs. The entire space is tight, including the hallway to the bathroom. In fact, the bathroom is the most spacious part of the restaurant. All of the furniture is moveable, but the tables are picnic tables that have long wooden bars that run underneath them at ankle height. This bar prevented me from getting close to the table, even with my footrests raised up. Considering the small size of the restaurant as a whole, I think that the restaurant was arranged in the best possible format. Still, I believe there is room for improvement, including getting tables that do not have bars underneath them. There was background music playing at a moderate volume while we dined there.
Video Description: Interior of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn on October 29, 2016 showing counter to order food in the rear in front of a wall of windows. In the foreground is the dining area with a U shape of wooden picnic style tables with people dining at them. The walls are covered with patterned white wallpaper with framed pictures hung all over them.
- Staff – 4: The staff noticed me before I entered, and they immediately set up the portable ramp without having to ask for it. They did the same when we left. They were very conscious of what was required for me to enter and leave. The woman who greeted us at the counter handed each customer a paper menu. Beyond this, they did not ask me how else they could help me and improve my visit. I would have appreciated their help moving furniture out of my way as I negotiated the dining room and hallway to the bathroom. Instead, my husband and friends did this.
- Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.