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Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

123 Ewing Dr., Nashville, TN - (615) 226-9442
This bird is h-o-t. Of the four degrees of Scoville scale pain Prince's offers, even mild packs a punch; hot made my eyes water and lips tingle; frankly, we chickened out on trying extra-hot. Unlike typical hot wings, these quarters and halves are not bathed in sticky hot sauce; they are relatively dry and ferociously 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.
91% Approval Rating (24 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"I cannot absolutely say that Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville serves the best fried chicken on earth, given that this planet is also home to Keaton's, Stroud's, the Blue Willow Inn, Chicken on the Way, Brenda's Diner, and the Bon Ton Mini Mart; but if I did ..."   [Read More]
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Joe Cox
July 18, 2009
"Prince's hot chicken is so good that it completely changed the way I thought about fried chicken. Essentially, BP (that's Before Prince's), I almost wouldn't buy it in a restaurant. I'd had my taste buds mangled by too much bad fast-food chicken, and I believed that ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

123 Ewing Dr., Nashville, TN
(615) 226-9442

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:No Data
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Leg Quarter, extra hot. This is fried chicken to dream about, and good reason to consider relocating to Nashville. (Bruce Bilmes photo)
"Leg Quarter, extra hot. This is fried chicken to dream about, and good reason to consider relocating to Nashville. (Bruce Bilmes photo)"
Michael Stern





A breast quarter photo shows just how important the blah bread below is. How else will you catch and gather all the succulent juices that the chicken sheds?
"A breast quarter photo shows just how important the blah bread below is. How else will you catch and gather all the succulent juices that the chicken sheds?"
Michael Stern


Maximum umami: a piece of hot, fat, chewy, meltingly luscious skin stripped away from a Prince's breast.
"Maximum umami: a piece of hot, fat, chewy, meltingly luscious skin stripped away from a Prince's breast."
Michael Stern


Contrary to what some may think, the white bread does have a purpose. After eating the chicken, try some of the bread and notice how the juices seep all the way through.
"Contrary to what some may think, the white bread does have a purpose. After eating the chicken, try some of the bread and notice how the juices seep all the way through."
Ben Weiner


Prince's menu in its entirety
"Prince's menu in its entirety"
Michael Stern


Prince's has no table service. Step up to the counter and place your order. Beverages are fetched from the Coke machine.
"Prince's has no table service. Step up to the counter and place your order. Beverages are fetched from the Coke machine."
Michael Stern


Irony in Prince's dining room: eating ferocious chicken from this benign tablecloth.
"Irony in Prince's dining room: eating ferocious chicken from this benign tablecloth."
Michael Stern


A rare sight: Prince's without a crowd. I took this picture 30 seconds after the front door opened for lunch. By the time I left, there was no place left to sit.
"A rare sight: Prince's without a crowd. I took this picture 30 seconds after the front door opened for lunch. By the time I left, there was no place left to sit."
Michael Stern


Forget princehood. Here is the King of Chicken!
"Forget princehood. Here is the King of Chicken!"
Michael Stern



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Ben Weiner


The strip mall location does nothing to advertise what is one of America's great chicken eating experiences.
"The strip mall location does nothing to advertise what is one of America's great chicken eating experiences."
Michael Stern



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