Nashville Hot Chicken Brings the Heat at Hattie B's


After I booked my trip to Nashville for the 2017 Americana Fest, I knew my top mission was to seek out the best Hot Chicken in the city. Hot chicken is the signature dish of Nashville, and I needed to know why. I mean, for one, I love me some fried chicken. Two, I just need to know, so Hattie B's seemed like a solid choice. It came highly recommended by my food blogging friend, Miss Lisa Mays, aka @Winewithlisa & @mypaellatravels. Lisa is one of Nashville's top food bloggers, and is known as the paella queen. In fact, just 2 years ago, she had won a paella contest with Hattie B's hot chicken. Her paella's are a fusion of Nashville meets Spain. Her links will be at the conclusion of this post.

Hattie B's has 2 locations in Nashville, and has been featured by several media outlets, including both the Food Network and the Travel Channel. And its for a reason. From the moment I arrived at roughly 11:20am, there was already a line out the door, and down the side of the building. People were excited to sink their teeth into some of the finest hot chicken in the city. And not for nothing, but they are also known for delicious southern comfort, rib stickin' side dishes. The big winner for me was their Pimento Mac & Cheese, however, the greens and the beans are also insanely comforting. And for dessert, I am a sucker for some homemade peach cobbler. The combo created the perfect meal to accompany that delicious hot chicken.

What is hot chicken? Well, quite simply its fried chicken that is bathed in hot cayenne oil. Each level of oil hotter than the next. Plus the hotter they go on the heat scale, they infuse other various hot peppers, including the infamous ghost pepper. Since I was having lunch with Miss Lisa, and filming an episode of Hungry Outlaw for my YouTube Channel, we made the decision to feature all 5 levels of heat, which are as follows:

Mild

Medium

Hot

Damn Hot

Shut the Cluck Up

Starting with the mild, I wanted to get a taste of the chicken by itself, with minimal hot oil. Let me tell you, that is some damn good fried chicken, period. As we progressed our way through the journey of Hot Chicken heat levels, there was a noticable difference in every level. Each level hotter than the last. I was good until the damn hot. The damn hot immediately had me coughing, and starting to feel the numbing in my mouth. Still tolerable, but damn hot. It was the Shut the Cluck Up that I think nearly killed me. Despite being dunked in ranch, with a cup of ice, creamy mac & cheese, and peach cobbler, my mouth was straight up on fire for about 10 minutes. You will clearly see in the video that it was a tough challenge. Had it not been for filming an episode, I would just stick with the "Hot". No matter what, this is a must stop spot when your in Nashville. After you eat and get that base of fried food, head out to East Nashville to catch some of the best live music in the country. If you want to make friends with the band, just bring them some Hattie B's Hot Chicken.

Hattie B's - Nashville, Tennessee

http://hattieb.com/

Check out my good friend Lisa Mays

Social Media @WineWithLisa & @MyPaellaTravels

www.WineWithLisa.com

www.MyPaellaTravels.com


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