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Nashville Four-Alarm Fare

There is plenty of yummy comfort food in Nashville, from buttermilk biscuits in the morning to banana pudding for dessert; but one of the Music City's lesser known culinary lures is its passion for extremely fiery chicken and fish, radiant with pepper punch. If you like it hot, this trip is a must!

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish
400 Degrees
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Hot Stuff Spicy Chicken and Fish
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack - Nashville , TN
This bird is h-o-t. Of the four degrees of Scoville scale pain Prince's offers, even mild packs a punch; hot will make eyes water and lips tingle; extra hot? You tell us! Princes quarters and halves are seasoned down to the bone; and their crust, which strips off in luxurious patches that are equal measures crunch and chew, is radiant with red-orange spice. It's salty but not throat-parching; and the miracle of it is that the flavor of plush chicken imbued with plenty of natural schmaltz (chicken fat) bursts right through the heat.
Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish - Nashville , TN
Bolton's hot chicken is four-alarm HOT. What's great about it, for those who do like ferocious food, is that the heat is deep in the meat, right down to the bone itself. It is much more spicy than it is salty, making each bite a taste-buds adventure.
400 Degrees - Nashville , TN
400 Degrees offers a unique take on Nashville hot chicken, each piece thickly painted with hot sauce that forms a tremendously savory crust.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville , TN
Only open since 2012, Hattie B's has quickly gained the reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in a city obsessed by the bird. You can cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.
Pepperfire - Nashville , TN
Pepperfire is a relative newcomer to the Nashville hot chicken scene, but it is among the very best places to taste a glorious and unique regional specialty. Dining is al fresco at picnic tables.
Hot Stuff Spicy Chicken and Fish - Antioch , TN
Southeast of Nashville in the town of Antioch, Hot Stuff makes some of the best hot chicken and hot fish sandwiches anywhere. Baker Spencer Middlebrooks' layer cakes are not to be missed.

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