nashville- hot chickens

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kozel
Double Cheeseburger
2004/09/17 18:47:30
Does anyone from Nashville, that's familiar with the topic, care to step up and describe this regional dish. I'm only aware of it and not at all familiar with it.

One example is
http://hotchickens.com/index1.html

but they're not the only one.
jdjd1313
Junior Burger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/10/29 07:18:14
I'm not sure if I am right on this, but alot of the people that go to these hot chicken places are musicians and music industry types. They all seem to be into the heat rush. Plus many of the places (Prince's stays open til 4) (Mary's "Atomic" barbecue is open 24 hours every day -they specialize in hot ribs) used to be in vogue 20-30 years ago before Nashville had many restaurants that stay open late like they do now.
Another many of them like Waffle Houses--it's the only place open late when they are in the road in smaller towns.
Many country and rock performers started going there decades ago because they stayed open so late and were near downtown venues and word of mouth spread.
Just a theory.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/10/29 13:27:31
You may be right. I first found out about hot chicken in 1995, when one of my favorite bands, Yo La Tengo, released an album they had recorded in Nashville called Electr-O-Pura. Two songs on the album are subtitled in honor of the local delicacy, "Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)" and "Don't Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)." (Country-rock fans will also recognize the obvious tip of le chapeau to Gram Parsons, who titled a couple of his songs with the Flying Burrito Brothers "Hot Burrito #X.")
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/11/05 18:43:02
I am sad to report that Boos Hot Chicken on Donelson Pike is closed. Mr. Boo suffered another stroke this summer and their message stated that they didn't know if they would be able to run it without him.

They were in the process of moving to a larger building, and I haven't seen any indication since this summer that they are going to reopen. I had a once to twice a week chicken habit since it was just down the street about a mile from the office. Fresh cut chicken, deep fried, then coated (and I do mean Coated) with their dry spice mix. I bought some of the spice and tried it myself. It seemed to burn easily, but was incredible applied while the chicken was still hot.

Lorrie Morgans I haven't tried yet but have heard that it's good. I Plan to try Princes later this week.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/11/05 22:28:41
Laurie Morgan's place is pretty good, if inconsistent, but not on the level of Mr. Boo's. I suspect you'll be much more content with Prince's. The best thing Morgan's place has going for it is the location, right on I-24, with lots of parking.
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/11/08 08:32:03
Thanks for your comments. I was in Nashville once about 35 years ago and now would like to go back to try this regional dish. I first saw this (and I'm ashamed to say I was watching) when Bobby Flay did a Food Nation episode there.
jdjd1313
Junior Burger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2004/12/22 19:20:29
Nashville is blessed--besides being the capitol of the hot chicken is also the innovator of the "meat and three". I lived there for 25 years and still have about 50 restaurants on my list that I never got to. BTW, I remember when Yo La Tengo was recording in the studios--just one of many band's bewitched by Prince's.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/03/15 21:18:34
Unfortunately Boo's has never re-opended. I work near the airport and really miss it. I am also a fan of Prince's but can't get out there on weekdays and the weekend wait is very long. I tried Wilma Kay's hot chicken a couple of months ago and was not very pleased. The black pepper in their spice mix overpowers everything else.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/01 16:06:55
Here's a link to a story The Tennessean did on hot chicken.

http://www.tennessean.com/entertainment/restaurants/archives/05/03/67655588.shtml?Element_ID=67655588
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/01 18:42:27
quote:
Originally posted by ctfrasier

Here's a link to a story The Tennessean did on hot chicken.

http://www.tennessean.com/entertainment/restaurants/archives/05/03/67655588.shtml?Element_ID=67655588


Great article and thanks for posting.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 13:50:41
Great article. This month's Chile Pepper magazine has an article too. In fact, this issue is about the best they've printed (my opinion).
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 16:12:25
quote:
Originally posted by kozel

Great article. This month's Chile Pepper magazine has an article too. In fact, this issue is about the best they've printed (my opinion).


http://www.chilepepper.com/

kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 16:25:24
I must be in time warp, I am referring to the June issue.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 16:57:21
I haven't tried it yet, but there's a new hot chicken shack in Greenbrier called Emerial's. I'll stop in when I can find myself up there at lunchtime.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 17:24:46
quote:
Originally posted by Poverty Pete

I haven't tried it yet, but there's a new hot chicken shack in Greenbrier called Emerial's. I'll stop in when I can find myself up there at lunchtime.


Poverty, I cannot wait until you give us your thoughts.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
zussers
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 19:14:23
My husband saw a show on the food network a couple of years ago that did a piece on Laurie Morgan's hot chicken. Rich thought it looked so good that he called them up and they sent him some in the mail. It came Fed-Ex in a styro-foam cooler complete with instructions. I didn't try any, being a vegetarian for the most part, but I know he really enjoyed it because he ended up wearing most of the sauce!
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/04/23 20:04:25
Laurie Morgan's hot chicken is pretty good, but different from the other Nashville joints, being deep fried, rather than pan fried. Also, I have experienced more variation in the quality. Sometimes it's really good, other times less so. The thing I REALLY like there is the potato salad. It's the perfect foil to the blazing heat of the chicken.
jdjd1313
Junior Burger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/06/18 00:46:30
Here is a link for those who can stream video about Bobby Flays trip to Nashville for Hot Chicken. I've seen Flay eat some hot stuff before and not flinch but the expression on his face after eating the Nashville heat is priceless.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/ck_gc_nashville/0,2661,FOOD_20996,00.html
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/06/18 04:42:19
That was funny!
I went to the newest hot chicken joint in town, Emerial's. It's in Greenbriar. If I had never had it before, I would have liked it, but the competition in Nashville is formidable. Emerial's chicken was small and greasy. Despite my server's warning that the hot would be too hot to handle, it was considerably less hot than other places around town. I always like potato salad with my hot chicken. Emerial's was ok, on the sweet side, but not really up to par. I may return, due to the location, but this isn't the place I would take visiters.
jdjd1313
Junior Burger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/06/19 00:56:18

Pete, thanks for the Emerials review. From the recent story I read online from the Tennessean I didn't get it would be hot enough to get me anywhere near my happy, near "spontaneous combustion" mode. Any competition is good though.
I live in Augusta, GA now and have to bring my own little bottle of Blairs or Daves Insanity Sauce to "tighten it up". Not to mention being looked at as if I'm from outer space asking where the "meat and three" is on the menu!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/06/19 08:20:38
I sure do wish Knoxville had a hot chicken or hot fish place. Nashville seems to always had this delightful menu.

I love Knoxville but we do not have the neat eats.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Z66 Butch
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/21 15:45:13
The word is out, Hot Chickens has CLOSED! Here is a message from a friend in Nashville:

I've been up to the restaurant twice over the last couple of weeks. Both times there has been a sign posted on the door simply stating "Closed for Repairs" and there were some work trucks around. Today when I stopped by, they had taken the sign down off the building. Getting curious about what was going on, I checked their website only to find that there was no information about their current situation. I called the phone number listed on the website and found that it had been disconnected. I then sent an email to the webmaster of HotChickens.com to see if someone could tell me what's going on.

Butch
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/21 16:07:20
Emerial's in Greenbriar has also closed.
I saw a new place on Lebanon Rd. near Donelson, but haven't had time to go there yet. Emerial's is not a great loss. HotChicken.com was better, but still not as good as Prince's or even Wilma Kaye's.
Z66 Butch
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/21 16:39:49
The Story, it looks like it could reopen on MUSIC ROW!

http://www.rctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/COLUMNIST0501/512210372/1005/MTCN0303

Butch
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/26 21:06:14
Wish Mr. Boo's would come back though...
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/26 21:46:35
Yeah, if only...Don't see it, though. His old place in now inhabited by a barbershop. I drive past it twice a day.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/30 19:22:08
I ate at the new hot chicken place in Donelson this week. It wasn't bad. It's called Dixie's Hott Chicken and is actually on Old Lebanon Rd. It's that little offshoot off of Lebanon Rd that runs behind the Ford Dealership. They actually serve 2 sides with their chicken so it costs a couiple bucks more than most other places, but is not too bad a deal.

The chicken was not nearly as hot as the other places where I have eaten. I had the medium and it was not much hotter than the spicy chicken at Popeye's. Of course the sides may have cut the power of the heat. I actually had chicken tenders which is nice because it was a workday lunch and the tenders greatly lessened the chances of me getting food on my tie.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/31 14:35:25
Why is it that Nashville has great hot chicken and Knoxville has no chicken except KFC and some other stuff?

Nashville has also had good ethnic places that served great fish sandwiches which Knoxville does not have or has ever had?????

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
WingLover
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2005/12/31 18:39:07
quote:
Originally posted by jdjd1313

Here is a link for those who can stream video about Bobby Flays trip to Nashville for Hot Chicken. I've seen Flay eat some hot stuff before and not flinch but the expression on his face after eating the Nashville heat is priceless.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/ck_gc_nashville/0,2661,FOOD_20996,00.html


LOL! That is priceless! And the chicken looks AMAZING. Man, I'd love to try some!

~Jessica
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/01/12 17:32:06
Nice, I think I might just have to stop by there tonight. ;-) Interestingly, that's the same little shopping center that Boos was going to move to I believe.
quote:
Originally posted by ctfrasier

I ate at the new hot chicken place in Donelson this week. It wasn't bad. It's called Dixie's Hott Chicken and is actually on Old Lebanon Rd. It's that little offshoot off of Lebanon Rd that runs behind the Ford Dealership. They actually serve 2 sides with their chicken so it costs a couiple bucks more than most other places, but is not too bad a deal.

The chicken was not nearly as hot as the other places where I have eaten. I had the medium and it was not much hotter than the spicy chicken at Popeye's. Of course the sides may have cut the power of the heat. I actually had chicken tenders which is nice because it was a workday lunch and the tenders greatly lessened the chances of me getting food on my tie.
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/01/13 11:19:18
Dixies Hott Chicken was great! I had a leg quarter xtra hot, they have mild - med - hot - xtra hot, and it was incredible. The crust is light and VERY nice and crispy. The heat doesn't hit you right at first but spreads out after a few seconds. The xtra hot I believe is about as hot as I would want, comparable to hot at the other joints.

They said they make all their sides and desserts from scratch and it shows. I had the mashed potatos and turnip greens which were both very good. They also serve breakfast.

Highly recommended, at least as good as Boos or Princes. I'm going back for lunch today.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/01/13 17:57:40
That's quite a recommendation. I guess I'll have to try it for lunch tomorrow. I hope it's that good. I only live about 3 miles from there.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/01/14 08:22:59
quote:
Originally posted by WingLover

quote:
Originally posted by jdjd1313

Here is a link for those who can stream video about Bobby Flays trip to Nashville for Hot Chicken. I've seen Flay eat some hot stuff before and not flinch but the expression on his face after eating the Nashville heat is priceless.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/ck_gc_nashville/0,2661,FOOD_20996,00.html


LOL! That is priceless! And the chicken looks AMAZING. Man, I'd love to try some!

~Jessica


That was funny and I agree that Bobby Flay's expression was out of sight. I can not tolerate anything that hot but I sure do like it slightly spicy.

I cannot wait until my next trip to Nashville where I will try Poverty Pete's favorite place. Poverty has got to remind me which one is is and where it is located.I may drive through there after our trip to Owensboro for the Moonlite BBQ place which is "The Mayor's" favorite place. I may Saturday overnight in Nashvillle just for the chicken.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxvillle, TN
PFNikolai
Junior Burger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/02/07 14:59:44
I stopped by Dixie's Hotttt Chicken for lunch today and it was closed. I am hoping it is just temporary...
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/04/25 18:09:09
Went to Dixie's a few times, the chicken was excellent each time. But the service was pretty slow the later times. It took us 2 hours for lunch, it was about an hour and a half before the first person got any food.

Obviously you can't do that very often. I hope they open back up and get their staff issues sorted out.

Just found a Boos menu, wish they would give it another go as well.
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/07/20 18:33:20
Has anyone heard anything about Lorrie Morgan's place? Weren't they going to reopen on West End or some such?
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/09/12 19:27:06
I stopped for lunch today at Prince's. It wasn't very good. Greasier than normal, and the pieces were on the small side. I ordered mine "hot", and I suppose it was, but not like it used to be. For $1.65, you get a couple tablespoons worth of potato salad. I sure do miss Mr. Boo's.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2006/09/13 00:43:06
I miss Boo's too Pete. I like Prince's, but I loved Boo's.
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2010/06/15 15:47:06
If you are in New York you may not have to travel to Nashville to try this regional dish.  Looks as though there's a place in Bed Sty that has it on the menu.  The menu at their other Bistros look good as well.

http://www.nashvillescene...ot-chicken-in-brooklyn
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2010/06/15 15:47:07
duplicate deleted.
post edited by kozel - 2011/03/15 03:17:30
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2010/06/17 00:57:11
You'll have to give it a try and let us know how it is.
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2011/03/14 20:09:33
Well, The Chicken Shack closed down here.  He's still doing catering and plans to hit the hot chicken festival, but the restaurant is no more. 
 
I did stop by Hot Stuff Spicy Chicken and Fish on Bell Rd. the other day.  I got a catfish sandwich, medium.  And some wings, hot.
 
The catfish was great, good spice, very crispy and cooked just right.
 
The wings were disappointing to say the least.  I have no idea what they actually did to them, but they were soggily caked with something.  They were just a wet mess.  It didn't even seem as hot as the catfish was on top of that, and was too salty.  I couldn't even finish them which should say something.  I should have taken a picture, but I was just kind of disgusted at that point.
 
It might be worth stopping by again to try and figure out what the deal was.  If they could get the chicken like the fish, it would definitely be worth eating.
post edited by caver - 2011/03/14 20:16:46
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2011/03/15 17:34:58
caver

Dixies Hott Chicken was great! I had a leg quarter xtra hot, they have mild - med - hot - xtra hot, and it was incredible. The crust is light and VERY nice and crispy. The heat doesn't hit you right at first but spreads out after a few seconds. The xtra hot I believe is about as hot as I would want, comparable to hot at the other joints.

They said they make all their sides and desserts from scratch and it shows. I had the mashed potatos and turnip greens which were both very good. They also serve breakfast.

Highly recommended, at least as good as Boos or Princes. I'm going back for lunch today.

Do you have the address for Dixie's Hott Chicken/ Couldn't find a web site for them.
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2011/03/17 03:35:10
Foodbme

caver

Dixies Hott Chicken was great! I had a leg quarter xtra hot, they have mild - med - hot - xtra hot, and it was incredible. The crust is light and VERY nice and crispy. The heat doesn't hit you right at first but spreads out after a few seconds. The xtra hot I believe is about as hot as I would want, comparable to hot at the other joints.

They said they make all their sides and desserts from scratch and it shows. I had the mashed potatos and turnip greens which were both very good. They also serve breakfast.

Highly recommended, at least as good as Boos or Princes. I'm going back for lunch today.

Do you have the address for Dixie's Hott Chicken/ Couldn't find a web site for them.


Those posts were from like 5 years ago.  Dixie's didn't last too long unfortunately.  The chicken was good, but they had some other issues.
post edited by caver - 2011/03/17 03:37:18
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2013/02/28 18:18:56
James Beard Foundation, a 2013 America's Classic
http://www.jamesbeard.org...2013-americas-classics
ZekeTheCat
Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2013/03/01 09:39:42
PBS Cooks Country Kitchen has a recipe for Nashville Hot Chicken :
http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/Nashville-Hot-Fried-Chicken/24905/
You have to sign up (free) to get it
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2013/05/22 11:43:52
Anne Willan also got a 2013 JBF America's Classics Award for her cookbooks.  (She was the owner of Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne in Paris when I went there.)
Earl of Sandwich
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2013/05/23 13:38:09
I believe Nashville has a Hot Chicken Festival over July 4.  Also, I love Bolton's Hot Chicken ( and Fish) on Main Street.  He could be Prince's family relative.
Earl of Sandwich
Double Cheeseburger
RE: nashville- hot chickens 2013/06/27 11:25:46
Reminder... Music City Hot Chicken Festival is July 4, from 11 am - 3 pm for anyone in the Nashville area.  Free samples of hot chicken