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THE 5 BEST HOT CHICKEN SPOTS IN NASHVILLE

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Nashville is famous for more than its amazing music. Hot chicken is a Nashville original, combining the near perfection of deep fried yardbird with a blistering hot sauce or rub. Check out the Olympus Midtown guide to the best spots for this delicious chicken dish and slay your most beastly hunger.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

It all started with Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. If the legend is to be believed, Nashville’s iconic dish started with a philandering boyfriend. As punishment for him stepping out one too many times, his jilted lover tempted him with succulent fried chicken that was secretly coated in fiery hell sauce. Much to her dismay, Prince ate it all and asked for seconds. Then he opened a restaurant! That was almost 100 years ago, and today the hot chicken at Prince’s is available in seven spice levels, from plain to XXX Hot.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

With seven locations in and beyond Nashville, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is available in six different spice levels. Its hottest offering – Shut the Cluck Up!!! – gets its heat from ghost peppers, which are said to be about 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

One of Nashville’s longest standing hot chicken restaurants, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish got its start in an unassuming cinder block hut and now has two locations, serving chicken or whitefish options, as well as a variety of sides. Proclaiming itself to be the hottest chicken in town, this longtime favorite is topped with a dry spice and is available in different heat levels, depending on your tolerance.

Party Fowl

With Party Fowl, it’s really all in the name. Locally owned with four restaurants throughout Tennessee, the Nashville outpost of this popular hot chicken restaurant offers over 20 local beers on draft, flat-screen TVs, a variety of menu options, and five spice levels spanning from Southern Fried to Poultrygeist. Currently, both dine-in and to-go options are available.

Moore’s Spicy Fried Chicken

The mascot for this hot chicken joint is apparently a jolly chicken who can’t wait for you to chow down on one of his friends. It’s kind of twisted, but one taste and you’ll forget all about it! Moore’s Spicy Fried Chicken also does pork chops, fish, shrimp, and brisket, with heat levels ranging from Mild to XXX-Hot. Wash it all down with a gallon of sweet tea for $5.50.

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