400 Degrees

Chicken Dinner | Soul Food
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If you want to eat Nashville hot chicken at its best, 400 Degrees should be on the short list of essential destinations. The name refers to its hottest chicken, which is taken from the fry basket and painted with a dark pepper impasto. 200 degrees is brighter red, less hot, but still sinus-clearing – somewhere between Prince’s hot and medium.

Proprietor Aqui Simpson, who reminded me that regular customers call ahead so their chicken is ready when they arrive (hot chicken demands a 20 minute wait), said that she has a local police chief who comes in five times a week for 400 degree breasts and legs. “He came in the other day with a cut on his lip and ordered 200. But I was so used to giving him 400, that is what I did. He ate it, and he liked it, but I felt so sorry for his lip.”

What to Eat
400 Degrees, Breast Quarter
Breast Quarter
Must-Try
Breast quarter, 200 degrees.
400 Degrees, Wings
Wings
Must-Try
A quartet of wings allows you to try all the different heat levels.
400 Degrees, Iced Tea
Iced Tea
Ice tea is very sweet and citrusy.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 3pm
Wednesday11am - 3pm
Thursday11am - 3pm
Friday11am - 3pm
Saturday12pm - 5pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 31 MILES | 54 min

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!

5 stops | 8 MILES | 26 min

Fried chicken used to be considered comfort food, but in recent years, a handful of Nashville restaurants have made it the most delicious discomfort food imaginable. All the restaurants that serve the Music City's uniquely peppery, crisp-fried bird offer degrees of hotness. The hottest versions make four-alarm chili seem like child's pabulum. Even "mild" packs…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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