Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

Chicken Dinner | Meat-and-Three | Seafood | Soul Food
One of the best

Bolton’s manager Dolly Graham once promised, “Our chicken is hot, but it won’t cause you to lose your composure.” That depends. If you don’t like high-spiced food, Bolton’s chicken might indeed be reason for a melt-down, especially if you ask for it hot. What’s great about it, for those who do like their fried chicken ferocious, 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.

This is some beautiful chicken with a thin crust that flakes off in delicate strips. You can get breast, leg, or wings; and side dishes include vigorous turnip greens, sweet cole slaw, strangely soupy mac ‘n’ cheese, and that Nashville soul-food favorite, spaghetti. In addition to chicken, Bolton’s sells a whiting sandwich that is available garnished in the locally favored way, with mustard, onion, pickles, and enough hot sauce to make your tongue glow.

A tiny East Nashville shop with a carry-out window to its side and a dining room with a handful of tables (oilcloth-covered), Bolton’s is an essential stop for anyone in search of a true taste of the Music City.

What to Eat
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Catfish Plate
Catfish Plate
Catfish comes splotched with hot hot sauce. In the foreground are mac 'n' cheese and greens.
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Wings
Wings deliver maximum spice per bite.
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Quarter
Close view of a Bolton breast gives some idea of how HOT it is.
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Fish Sandwich
Fish Sandwich
It's a delightful dilemma to come to Bolton's and have to choose between chicken and fish. Here's the latter in its classic Nashville configuration -- with pickle, mustard and onion and, of course, plenty of hot sauce.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11 am - 7 pm
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 12 am
Saturday11 am - 12 am
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…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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