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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Nashville, Tennessee

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Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

If you don’t know of the “Hot Chicken” revolution then you’re missing out on one of the South’s greatest treasures. In Nashville, Hot Chicken (Spiced up Fried Chicken) is a thing. The originator of Hot Chicken is Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack which was unfortunately closed on the Sunday & Monday we were in Nashville.

Our (my wife Marcela and I) plan of attack in Nashville included visits to Prince’s and Hattie B’s which now left Hattie B’s as our only one. We decided to hit up Hattie B’s right when it opens at 11AM. Our hotel was right around the corner and by the time we arrived it was 11:01AM. A full minute late yet there was already almost 60 people lined up to get in. There went that plan.

The 11:01AM Line
The 11:01AM Line

I remembered there was another location and we drove over there. Only 5 folks in line, this we could handle. Marcela orders Small White (Breast & Wing) Chicken & Waffle in the Mild/Medium Heat Level. Of course I had to be a little more daring so I ordered the Large White (2 Breasts & Wing) in the Hot! Heat Level.

I knew I couldn’t leave Hattie B’s without at least sampling their most intense heat level so I ordered three Chicken Tenders in “Shut The Cluck Up!!!”. We also ordered some sides, Pimento Mac & Cheese and the Red Skin Potato Salad.

I never tasted the Waffles but Marcela seem to enjoy them immensely but without a doubt the Hot Chicken was the true star. It was crispy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. I can say now looking back on it that “Hot” is the perfect Heat Level for the Hot Chicken.

That “Shut The Cluck Up!!!” murdered me. My scalp was sweating and my mouth was burning. It’s a good thing I had the Pimento Mac & Cheese and Red Skin Potato Salad to shovel in my mouth in an attempt to cool the pain off. Both were excellent by the way.

Hattie B's Hot Chicken Menu (click to enlarge)
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Menu (click to enlarge)
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee
Small White (Breast & Wing) Chicken & Waffles in Mild/Medium Heat Level
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee
Large White (2 Breasts & Wing) Chicken in Hot Heat Level
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee
Pimento Mac & Cheese and Red Skin Potato Salad
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee
3 Chicken Tenders in the Shut The Cluck Up!!! Heat Level

I am now in a current state of infatuation with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. I plan to write them love letters and if they don’t respond well…..then I’ll have to make the 13 1/2 hour drive to visit.

P.S.: I’m already planning my return visit to Nashville.

*Menu Board picture courtesy of Lauren Loves To Eat

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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5209 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209
615-712-7137

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  • nashvillebassist

    They’ll likely respond – they’re cool that way. I live and work in Nashville, and hit Hattie B’s about 3 times per month (when they opened, it was 3 times per week for quite a while). There are some other places with hot chicken – Bolton’s (easily the hottest in town, by far), 400 Degrees, The Row, etc, but Hattie B’s is hands-down the best. You’ll need to check out the midtown location next time – it’s the original, and most people think it’s a bit better, though I can’t tell any difference myself. Also – make *sure* you ask for the bottle of honey they keep up front – cover your Shut the Cluck Up with honey next time, and it’ll change your life! 🙂

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