Nashville Hot Chicken

You cannot leave Music City without a taste of hot chicken.

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Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville
Edley's Bar-B-Que

12South
615-953-2951
Edley's is known for bar-b-que but Mondays have become quite popular as they offer their Hot Chicken special. Get a platter with the spicy bird, a sandwich complete with tangy coleslaw on top, or hot chicken nachos. Stay a while and play trivia - every Monday. Diners can eat lunch or dinner by the open garage-door walls or on the patio, while they can grab a drink from the bar. How Hot?: Depends on the day. You get what they make - maybe it'll clear your sinuses, maybe it'll singe your lips.
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"Every now and then you find something that has a taste, a sensation, an emotional experience that is totally unique. And that is what I discovered in Nashville Hot Chicken.”

Chef Brian Morris, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Hattie B's Hot Chicken

Midtown
615-678-4794
Charlotte
615-712-7137
A restaurant specializing in the fiery, molten poultry specialty, also offers many local, craft beers that pair well with poultry and spicy foods. Side options include Southern greens, red-skin potato salad, and a piquant salad of black-eyed peas.
How Hot?: Noted for having a slightly sweeter batter than other hot chickens, with heat levels that range from a spiceless “Southern” to insanely spicy “Damn Hot” and “Shut the Cluck Up” (those last two were made in response to customers’ demands to up the pain).
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Party Fowl

The Gulch
615-624-8225
Donelson
615-988-2179
Party Fowl specializes in ‘Nashville Hot’ and Southern Fried Chicken but offers a much broader menu with local brew, craft cocktails and a wine list.
How Hot?: It's really up to you. Their Nashville Hot Chicken dish can be served either "Nashville Hot" or "Poultrygeist" (diner beware).
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“It’s sort of addictive, when you eat it…it hurts so good.”

Dolly Ingram-Matthews, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish
Scoreboard Smokehouse Bar & Grill

Opryland/Music Valley
615-883-3866
Hot chicken is a Scoreboard specialty, offering a bone-in breast, boneless breast bites, and hand-cut tenders. Scoreboard's hot chicken was featured on Food Network show "Heat Seekers". How Hot?: The famous chicken comes in Sissy, Mild, Medium, Hot, and Satan's Tongue levels of hotness.
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Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

8th Avenue
615-254-8015
Bolton’s serves a fine example of hot chicken, has its own legions of fans, and offers an additional option of another traditional Nashville culinary treat, hot fish sandwiches. How Hot?: Spice levels are generally acknowledged to be slightly tamer than Prince’s; they also use a drier spice coating than Prince’s lardy rub.

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

East Nashville
615-226-9442
Not to be confused with Buffalo wings, the signature dish is typically a cut of chicken marinated in buttermilk, breaded and then sauced using a super-secret paste spiced with cayenne peppers to bring the heat. After being pan-fried in a cast iron skillet, it's served up with a couple of slices of white bread. Temperatures range from mild, medium, hot to extra hot. Fair warning: even the mild packs a serious punch. And for first timers, don't even try ordering the hot. They won't sell it to you.
How Hot?: The gold standard by which all fiery fowl is measured. Runs from mild (which is not) to extra hot which will burn you twice. Rookies are encouraged to start no hotter than medium until their cast-iron stomach quotient is determined.

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