If you crave spicy food, you may meet your match at Sisters and Brothers. But it isn’t only Scoville kicks that recommend Seattle’s Nashville hot chicken house.
To start, the location is unique. To the right are a bikini espresso bar and a high-end winery. Directly across the street is an airport that services small private planes and F18 hornets — which you’ll hear before you see. There’s an outdoor patio that’s great for watching everything unfold.
The food is a mix of Mexican street fare and southern goodness. Fried okra medallions are served with two sauces: one made with Chile peppers and Cajun spice, the other a homemade buttermilk ranch. Fried green tomatoes come with slightly spicy pimento cheese. You’re going to want a second helping of this, so just do yourself a favor and order two from the start. Beautiful fried cotija corn sports tender corn kernels and avocado crema.
Now, onto the chicken. There are four spice levels, and these guys aren’t messing around. There’s naked (just a little spice), Seattle (mild), Nashville (hot), and Insane (insane). We got one of each, and only one of us tried the insane. He needed both water to the face and a glass of milk, which the server happily and self-satisfyingly volunteered.
Seattle-level might be the best way to go. It is indeed very spicy, but with massive flavor and sweet, crunchy breading. The chicken is fresh and juicy underneath — just make sure to get some chicken in each bite along with its breading. Nashville is a slow burn and creeps up on your taste buds. You’ve been warned.
Sandwiches are huge and delicious. The fried green tomato sandwich comes with aioli, lightly-dressed slaw, and a sweet brioche bun.
French fries are excellent, as are other sides, which include smoked Gouda mac ‘n’ cheese and tender collard greens. There’s a small bar with cleverly-described cocktails (the old fashioned is “puppy, lifesavers, warm socks”), as well as a nice selection of local and classic beers such as Hamm’s and PBR.
Sit outside. Watch the planes go by. And dare your friends to get the insane chicken sandwich.