Chicken Dinner
Worth driving from anywhere!

Pepperfire makes what might be the most beautiful hot chicken in the city: cinnabar-red, glistening moist and oozing juice at the slightest poke. While I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison of all the great hot chickens in Nashville, there is no doubt in my mind that this is in competition for the #1 spot. It is a brilliant balance of heat, salt, fat, and meat. Like Prince’s, it has a way of nearly killing taste buds but at the same time tripping the switch that will cause intense craving for a lifetime.

In addition to the traditional breast quarters and leg quarters bedded on white bread with pickle chips, you can buy whole or half hot chickens as well as jumbo hot wings and boneless tenders – all available in degrees of heat from Mild to XX Hot. (Word to the wise if you are in a hurry: order tenders, which take less time to cook than traditional chicken parts.) If you are allergic to chicken, the menu offers a sandwich made with Pepper Jack cheese. The sandwich is fried, then sopped with hot oil. It is available also as a Tender Royale, topped with hot chicken tenders. Side dishes are inconsequential, except as palate-salve: crinkle-cut fries, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, green beans.

What to Eat
Pepperfire, Breast Quarter
Breast Quarter
X-hot breast quarter, ready to sound taste-buds reveille
Pepperfire, Peppercheese Sandwich
Peppercheese Sandwich
Peppercheese sandwiches lined up and ready to fry
Directions and Hours
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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