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Boofoo
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Prince's hot chicken shack - Mon, 04/20/09 3:56 PM
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First a little background, me and some freinds were making a weekend roadtrip to eat at some of the places we've read about and seen on tv over the last few years. Me and my buddy love spicy food, if you and sweating you ain't eating. And going to less than stellar areas have never been an issue for either of us.
OK so after reading and some research we decided we would head to Prince's, now having taken a word of caution I ordered Medium. My friend who would normal order Hot heard me so he followed suit. A mere hour later they call our numbers we get our chicken head to the car and back to the hotel. Figuring the drive would allow the heat from cooking to cool down so we didn't burn ourselves.
On the way back we stopped and grabbed a 12 pack also by reasoning that there are fewer good delights in life more enjoyable than hot chicken and ice cold beer.
Upon arriving at our room we sit down pop open a beer and unwrap our chicken. To see this feiry red/blackish thing staring back at us. One of the girls spied the pickle on the top on mine and grabbed it she popped it in her mouth then started to cry and chug water and beer down to calm the fire.
We looked at each other and took our first bites. The only thing I can compare it to is having someone spray Pepperspray in your mouth. The heat and pain were intense. Ok so we try to use some logic maybe the spice is just in the skin/breading. So we peel some off to get to the meat and it's red too. Now granted the meat was soft and juicy and if not for the burning would have been great.
IN short for those thinking of going there prepare yourself. I can eat the hottest wings at hooters without issue, same with BW3's even though I normally order a lower heat range, but I could not eat more of the skin/breading of prince's medium.
 
Of course perhaps some more locals/regulars can tell us if the Medium is suppose to be RED to the bone. IF not is it possible we were giving hot instead?

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Mon, 04/20/09 6:24 PM
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Sounds to me like you were served the medium.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Mon, 04/20/09 10:39 PM
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Poverty, I spent the night in Nashville on my way back from the N'awlins Roadfood festival, and, if I'd had your number, I would have called and invited you to go to Prince's with me. I did go in the early evening and it was a somewhat frustrating experience. I got the mild chicken and ate it in my car; it was delicious and so was the potato salad. The problem was the 50-minute wait for my food that shouldn't have taken near that long; the two kitchen employees seemed more interested in watching their TV set than in filling orders. My Wed. morning breakfast at the Loveless was what really left me dejected. The new owners have ruined the place; the food just isn't what it was ten years ago, especially the country ham and preserves. I won't be going back there again.  

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Mon, 04/20/09 11:00 PM
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I think Prince's may marinate the chicken before frying which is why the meat is red.  You were right though, the spice is most concentrated in the outside layers.

It's not called *hot* chicken for nothing.  ;-)  It's a different sensation than what most people have typically had with sauced wings and such.

Every time I've been to Prince's it's been slow, I think it takes the same amount of time regardless of how busy they are.  Definitely call ahead and give them at least 30 minutes if you can.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 7:48 AM
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There are so many good places to eat in Nashville, I seldom take out-of-towners to either Prince's or Loveless.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 12:41 PM
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If an out-of-towner WANTED hot chicken, tho -- where would you take them, PP?

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 1:30 PM
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Is there anything comparable in Memphis ???


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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 3:01 PM
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If you don't want to wait a long time at Prince's, call ahead. They cook everything to order and do a  huge take-out business.  We know we are going to wait an hour or so, and call that far ahead.
There are alternatives: 400 Degrees and Bolton's have excellent chicken. Don't forget to try hot fish--East Side Fish has the best. And Fat Mos', a local burger chain,  does an excellent fish sandwich. 

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 3:49 PM
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My wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing Prince's a few months back. We go to Nashville often as my kids attend several swim meets there each year. We finally found the time to check them out back in March. WOW!

The first thing that struck us as we entered was the large man sitting to the left of the ordering window, blue T-Shirt & ball cap with "SECURITY" printed on both. Draped around his shoulders was a holster containing his dual side-arms. Nice touch!

I've been reading about this place for years and had no intentions of getting anything less than "hot" chicken. So thats what I got..half chicken, HOT. My wife foolishly followed suit. Next time she'll get mild. WOW.

I enjoy heat, and I enjoyed this chicken, but I gotta tell ya...that stuff is righteous. Without the spice it would have been the best fried chicken I ever had. With the spice, I really cant compare it to anything else I've eatin. That stuff lit me up...created hellfire in my stomach ...but I can't wait to do it again.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 4:11 PM
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Poverty,

    Do you ever make it over to Beacon Light Tea Room ? I think it beats the pants off of the Loveless.. 

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 6:39 PM
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TJ Jackson


If an out-of-towner WANTED hot chicken, tho -- where would you take them, PP?


Well, TJ, when Travelin' Man was here recently, we went to Bolton's. Another good option would be a place called 400 degrees.
<message edited by Poverty Pete on Tue, 04/21/09 6:42 PM>

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 6:41 PM
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I just spent one night in Nashville on Saturday and we didn't hit Prince's but we did make an impromptu stop at Bolton's on the way back to our hotel for a bedtime snack.  It was spicy but not unbearable.  Both my wife and I loved it.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 04/21/09 6:41 PM
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Run2Eat


Poverty,

    Do you ever make it over to Beacon Light Tea Room ? I think it beats the pants off of the Loveless.. 


Beacon Light is a great place. My only objection there is the unpredictable hours.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 2:53 AM
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I've been meaning to get over there and try the Beacon Light.  Any particular recommendations?

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 8:31 AM
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I'm going to be in Nashville again early next month, on my way home from North Carolina, and I'm putting Bolton's and the Beacon Light Tea Room on my Roadfood "to do" list. If I ever get back to Prince's ( that chicken was really good ), I'll have to do like y'all do and call ahead... lesson learned. Poverty Pete, I'll be in town the evening of the 5th ( Tues. ) Interested in joining me for a meal at Bolton's?                 boB   

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 9:54 AM
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I just learned that the Beacon Light is only open for breakfast on weekends. Anybody have any suggestions for a good country ham breakfast in Nashville on a weekday? Specifically, any place other than the Loveless ( R.I.P. )

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 9:56 AM
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I'd say check out the Pancake Pantry !!! Good country ham and you might spot a star !

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 10:20 AM
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Many thanks, Run2Eat. I just checked out Michael Stern's review of the place, along with a couple of others, and it appears to be exactly what I'm looking for.  

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 10:31 AM
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nocarolina-
Pancake Pantry is my favorite breakfast spot in the country.  And even though I have not been to Bolton's, I have heard it is in a less than lovely part of town.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 11:01 AM
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I agree about Pancake Pantry.  I like the sweet potato pancakes with the cinnamon cream.  Good stuff.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 11:28 AM
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Getting back to Prince's, it has been a while since we were there.  But you can be sure that we ever visit or drive through Nahville again that Prince's is NOT a place we will miss!  Nothing else like it.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 12:14 PM
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Poverty Pete


There are so many good places to eat in Nashville, I seldom take out-of-towners to either Prince's or Loveless.


Wow, interesting to hear your opinion, PP !!
Since our ROADFOOD.com  Nashville bus trip went to both those places 2 years ago, I assumed they were the ultimate..!!!
Good enough for Jane and Michael, so they must be good, huh!?!
 
I DID enjoy both of them very much...
plus my pimento sandwich and burger from the Henpeck Market...

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/22/09 7:16 PM
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Ellen,  Henpeck is pretty high on my personal list. I go there 2-3 times a month. I especially like some of their prepared salads, like cornbread or Greek salad.  I have no objections to the aforementioned joints. They're just not the first places I think of when company is coming to town.
   Bob, you're going to be here for Cinco de Mayo?  You sure you wouldn't rather go Mexican?  In either case, I'll join you.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Sat, 01/2/10 5:51 PM
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I want to second the thought about the Loveless Cafe - even though the biscuits were really good, the fried chicken was way short of wonderful.  Babe's Chicken Dinner House here in Dallas does a far better job with fried chicken.
 
Are there any "hot chicken" places near Dallas?

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 01/5/10 11:00 AM
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MetroplexJim


I want to second the thought about the Loveless Cafe - even though the biscuits were really good, the fried chicken was way short of wonderful.  Babe's Chicken Dinner House here in Dallas does a far better job with fried chicken.
 
Are there any "hot chicken" places near Dallas?


I don't know of any hot chicken places really outside middle TN.  We have The Chicken Shack here in Murfreesboro now which is very nice (two locations).  I don't have to drive up to Nashville to get a hot chicken fix.
 
I actually prefer their style anyway, it's a bit more like Boo's was I think.  Even if you don't get it hot, the chicken is really good on it's own.
 
Dang, I really miss Boo's.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Fri, 03/12/10 11:39 PM
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I miss Mr. Boo's, too. It was my favorite. I wok about 500 yards from Bolton's but can't get anyone from work to go there.

My tip for first-timers to Prince's is to order lemonade. It helps counter the heat.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 03/16/10 8:16 PM
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ctfrasier


I miss Mr. Boo's, too. It was my favorite. I wok about 500 yards from Bolton's but can't get anyone from work to go there.

My tip for first-timers to Prince's is to order lemonade. It helps counter the heat.


Or get it to go and have some milk ready.  That is the #1 way to stifle the heat if you feel you need to.
 
I enjoy the slow residual heat that lingers afterward though.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Tue, 03/16/10 11:24 PM
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Milk and hot chicken just sounds too disgusting for me to try. The lemonade doesn't kill the heat, but it doesn't make it more intense as carbonated drinks seems to do.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Thu, 03/18/10 1:23 PM
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Wow, I actually want to try Prince's now....I'm intrigued :P

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Thu, 03/18/10 7:01 PM
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ellen4641


Since our ROADFOOD.com  Nashville bus trip went to both those places 2 years ago, I assumed they were the ultimate..!!!
Good enough for Jane and Michael, so they must be good, huh!?! 
 

 
Like many places that spend decades to build a reputation, at some point, something breaks down, poor management, poor product, whatever. Rather than bring it back to previous standards, they let it slide and live off their old reputation.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Fri, 03/19/10 12:35 AM
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Prince's has been the same for years. I don't recall ever hearing their service is amazing, just the chicken.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Fri, 03/19/10 4:21 AM
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I actually like The Chicken Shack's style better than Prince's, I think it's closer to Boo's.  I usually have to specify they put the spice to it heavy though or the seasoning can be a little sparse.
 
I need to try 400 degrees again some time, the one time I went it was almost inedibly salty.  I don't get up to Nashville that much any more though.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Wed, 04/7/10 1:46 PM
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Sorry to see all the negative comments about the Loveless. I've had dinner there twice in the past three years and enjoyed it each time.

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Re:Prince's hot chicken shack - Sun, 07/8/12 8:23 AM
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Traveling thru Nashville yesterday I got to Prince's right at 11 a.m.  I thought I'd be there right about the time it opened.  Saturdays it opens at 2 p.m and is open until 4 a.m.  Those are some amazing hours but I couldn't hang around so I went to Bolton's, on Main St.  What a wonderful experience! 
I got the breast quarter 9 medium) with corn on the cob and baked beans.  I thought the entire meal was wonderful and the chicken was pure heaven.  Even if it were not hot it would still be awesome fried chicken, but the heat is not an instant heat and it is just great flavor.  Didn't realize that Prince and Bolton were related but now it makes sense.
Hope to make it to the Hot Chicken Festival next year