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Poverty Pete
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400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 1:19 PM
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I went for a hot chicken fix today.  I had a breast quarter, 200degrees,  with beans and potato salad.   I had forgotten how sweet the baked beans are, almost candied.  I need to remember that.  The potato salad is very good, with strips of pickle and pimento.   200 degrees is about the equivalent of Prince's medium, but there are differences.  This is deep fried, not pan fried.  It's less greasy than Princes.  This seems to be spicier but with less heat than Prince's.  The crust is thicker than Prince's.  I still maintain this is the best Nashville has to offer.
    The owner, Aqui Simpson, was on the counter.  She is always on the counter,  busy, professional, and happy in what she is doing.
400 degrees  is inside a food court with three other choices.  Quisno's...yuck.   Nuvo Burrito,  a really nice take on mission-style burritos,  excellent.   J. Gumbo's,  serving extra large bowls of  etouffee, gumbo, red beans and rice,  jambalaya, and cajun chili.   Ecellent+.
The food court is on the corner of 4th and Peabody, just south of broadway.  Drop in when you have a chance to. 

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 1:24 PM
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After our experience with Bolton's last year, I am more than willing to try another place.  If Poverty Pete says it is the best in Nashville, then that is good enough!  Are the heat levels listed by the amount of degrees?

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 1:32 PM
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I really wanted to check out 400 degrees last year. Unfortunately I ended up not getting my hot chicken fix (thanks to Bolton's- see buffetbuster's comments)
The only problem is I have no idea when I'll ever find myself in Nashville again 

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 1:32 PM
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Yes, they have 0, which is plain,  100-mild,  200-medium, and 400-hot.  I believe I've been to all the chicken houses in Nashville, except for Pepperfire.  400 degrees is where I usually end up going.

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 2:51 PM
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There is a J Gumbo's right here in beautiful downtown Gahanna, Ohio. When they were about to open a couple of years ago I contacted the corporate office to ask whether they used andouille sausage. I figure that a place calling itself J Gumbo's should be using actual Louisiana ingredients. I was told they use regular smoked sausage because you can't get andouille in Ohio. I found that interesting for a couple of reasons. The previous day I bought some andouile at the supermarket, and I'd been to a few restaurants in the Columbus area where they serve andouille sausage, among other stuff from Louisiana. Anyway, I've not been to J. Gumbo's.

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 3:19 PM
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What makes me wonder is why such a great place is in a food court?

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 3:29 PM
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Point taken, Michael.  J. Gumbo doesn't use andouille.  Their sausage is Hillshire Farms Black Oak.
 
BB,  it's a much better location than her original place on Clarksville highway.  There is a good amount of foot traffic there, and she doesn't need that much space for cooking.  400 degrees probably does five times the business since she moved.

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 10:15 PM
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The next time you talk to Aqui tell her she was first place face for 2011...

http://www.roadfood.com/F...aces-2011-m679154.aspx

She has a section on her site for reviews!

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Wed, 01/30/13 10:26 PM
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PP, thanks for the post.  Sounds like a corner I will want to visit next time in Nashville.

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Thu, 01/31/13 7:23 AM
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One thing I have never understood is why something as wonderful as "hot chicken" has not spread beyond Nashville.

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Thu, 01/31/13 9:20 PM
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Poverty Pete


I went for a hot chicken fix today.  I had a breast quarter, 200degrees,  with beans and potato salad.   I had forgotten how sweet the baked beans are, almost candied.  I need to remember that.  The potato salad is very good, with strips of pickle and pimento.   200 degrees is about the equivalent of Prince's medium, but there are differences.  This is deep fried, not pan fried.  It's less greasy than Princes.  This seems to be spicier but with less heat than Prince's.  The crust is thicker than Prince's.  I still maintain this is the best Nashville has to offer.
   The owner, Aqui Simpson, was on the counter.  She is always on the counter,  busy, professional, and happy in what she is doing.
400 degrees  is inside a food court with three other choices.  Quisno's...yuck.   Nuvo Burrito,  a really nice take on mission-style burritos,  excellent.   J. Gumbo's,  serving extra large bowls of  etouffee, gumbo, red beans and rice,  jambalaya, and cajun chili.   Ecellent+.
The food court is on the corner of 4th and Peabody, just south of broadway.  Drop in when you have a chance to. 

 
I will be at VANDY for several days I know where I am headed for several meals now!! and Rotiers and Elliston's and.....

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Re:400 degrees, Nashville - Thu, 01/31/13 9:23 PM
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MetroplexJim


One thing I have never understood is why something as wonderful as "hot chicken" has not spread beyond Nashville.

 
AMEN TO THAT!
I have tried to spread the word, but people look at you like you have 3 heads when you talk about Hot Fish or Hot Chicken.