Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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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
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Small Dark Meat
Small Dark Meat
Must-Try
A large dark, with spice level of hot, glistens in the basket. And it tastes every bit as good as it looks!
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Large Dark Meat
Large Dark Meat
Must-Try
Southern Style Chicken (Mild heat).
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Chicken Tenders
Chicken Tenders
Must-Try
Damn Hot Chicken.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Banana Puddin
Banana Puddin
'Nana Puddin' Yummmmmm!
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Pimento Mac & Cheese
Pimento Mac & Cheese
Hattie B's proves pimento and mac & cheese were made for each other.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
The cool, crisp slaw helps soothe burning mouths.
Directions and Hours
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…

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Price
$
Seasons
Summer, Spring
Meals Served
Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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