Hot Chicken of Nashville!

On a recent visit to Nashville, Tennessee, the first thing on my “to-eat” list was hot fried chicken!  And where better to go than Prinze’s Hot Chicken Shack.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/princes-hot-chicken-shack-nashville

A small establishment outside of downtown Nashville, this nondescript joint in the middle of a strip mall serves up some mean fried chicken.  Touted by Guy Fieri and numerous food blogs, it was well worth the trek out off the beaten path and the wait in the hot southern sun to get a seat inside.

I went with a few friends and we shared an order of a whole fried chicken, which is 2 breasts and 2 legs.  You can choose your level of hotness – mild, medium, hot, and extra hot.  We got mild and it was plenty hot for us!

IMG_6563  Each piece of chicken is served up on a couple of slices of fresh made bread (to soak up all the oil and sauce) with house made pickles on top.

This was MMM, MMM good!

IMG_6578  FINGER-LICKING AND MOUTHWATERING GOOD!  The chicken was fried perfectly and not oily at all (thanks to the bread).  The chicken inside was moist and tender.  The bread was was also yummy because of all the flavors from the chicken soaked in.

To go with the chicken, we got their coleslaw, potato salad, and fresh cut fries:  IMG_6577  The coleslaw was vinegar based – so fresh and delicious next to the fried chicken.  The potato salad was also light and well flavored, a nice tart to the spice of the chicken.  The french fries were piping hot out of the fryer with a sprinkling of paprika on top.  YUM.

We got to Prinze’s about 1 hour before it opened and we were already 4th in line to get in!  The patrons were mostly locals with a few tourists mixed in.  It’s cash only establishment and soda is sold through vending machines, so be prepared!

I was hoping to check out Hattie B’s (another hot chicken spot) before we left, but we ran out of the time.  So instead, we had brunch at the 1808 Grille.  Located in the Hutton Hotel (where we we stayed – great place!), just on the outskirts of downtown, they had a dish of waffle biscuits and hot chicken gravy with chard.

IMG_7334  Delish!  The waffle biscuits had some herbs in the batter and went great with the the thick, spicy gravy.  The fried chicken still held it’s skin and the chard was a nice balance of greens to lighten things up.  What a creative idea and a great hot chicken fix before we headed home!  http://www.1808grille.com/

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