Gwyneth Paltrow Falls in Love with Fried Food

03/18/2010 at 02:00 PM EDT

Gwyneth Paltrow Falls in Love with Fried Food
Gwyneth Paltrow
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Has Gwyneth Paltrow gone country?

The big-city-loving actress, who usually resides in London and New York City, recently spent several months in Nashville, Tenn., filming Love Don't Let Me Down – and apparently fell in love with the country music hub. In her latest Goop newsletter, she wrote: "Never have I met such warm people, heard such good music, eaten so much fried chicken. I could go on and on."

And she does go on and on with recommendations about her favorite Nashville restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. Among them: the iconic Grand Ole Opry, honky-tonk Robert's Western World and Swett's. The down-home, meat-and-three restaurant was recommended by country crooner Tim McGraw, Paltrow's costar and husband of Faith Hill, with whom Paltrow has palled around in Nashville.

The city's Southern-style cuisine has made quite the impression on Paltrow, too. Known for promoting a strict diet and regular detoxes to quickly shed pounds, she might be ruffling the feathers of her nutritionist with a newfound passion for poultry – not the grilled kind – and other local culinary staples.



"The fried chicken here is superb … crunchy and not oily on the outside and juicy on the inside," she writes about Swett's. At the Loveless Café, "their food is delicious, a traditional southern heart attack."

And about the Whiskey Kitchen, Paltrow raves: "the sweet potato fries are delicious, the fried chicken sliders do the trick, the biscuits are the best I sampled in the city of Nashville, and the oysters on the half shell come with a shot of Bloody Mary. What more could you ask for?" Perhaps one of those detoxes once she returns to big-city life?

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