Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Review by: Donald Frantz

When you hear the city of Nashville mentioned, your mind usually focuses on one of two things, Country Music or Hot Chicken. Since this is a website about food, I wont comment on Country Music. Nashville is famous for their hot chicken places and most of us have heard about the others. Now it is time to hear about one of the “New Kids On The Block”. Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, has quickly become (opened in 2012) one of the best hot chicken joints in town.

The atmosphere is lighthearted and fun. There are signs to remind you that you are in a chicken joint and that you will be eating some of the HOTTEST chicken in Nashville. They do tend to express the chicken jokes a little much, but that was my only complaint. Like “If the line is long, don’t forget to shut the Clucking door” and “Real Chickens don’t smoke” among others posted about the place.

There are now two locations of Hattie B’s 112 19th Ave S, between Broadway and West End near Rotier’s and Elliston Soda Fountain (I went to this one) and 5209 Charlotte Ave, both in Nashville.

It was a Wednesday mid-day, after the lunch rush was over and the line was about ten minutes. The menu board is large and easy to read. The girl taking orders was excellent, as she could “sense” if someone was not from the Nashville area and she took time to explain the menu when asked. I was in awe of the menu and had a hard time trying to decide just what to get. I love hot chicken, and wanted to try the various levels of heat, but I started with the “Damn Hot” 1/4 Chicken and wanted to work my way up to “SHUT THE CLUCK UP” heat level. For sides, I chose red potato salad, pimento mac & cheese, and southern style collard greens.

All I can say is WOW, I am glad I started with “Damn Hot” instead of the truly mind blowing stuff. The chicken was tender and juicy and HOT. The red potato salad was delicious, well balanced and seasoned. The pimento mac and cheese was a true Nashvillian thing and the collard greens were a Southern thing of beauty: tangy, porky and the even the “liquor” was good enough to drink. I should have asked about the tender sampler, a basket of one chicken tender of each heat level, but alas I guess I will need to go back again. ?

I would definitely add this to my short list of Nashville hot chicken places, as it is well worth the burn.

What To Eat

Small Dark Meat

DISH
Banana Puddin

DISH
Pimento Mac & Cheese

DISH
Large Dark Meat

DISH
Chicken Tenders

DISH
Cole Slaw

DISH

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