Here is some of the nation's best fried chicken. Each piece is encased in an envelope that vigorously crunches, then offers rapturous chew, all the while radiating the ecstatic flavor combo of chicken fat and pepper.
Only open since 2012, Hattie B's has quickly gained the reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in a city obsessed by the bird. You can cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.
There are burgers galore at this friendly little eatery, where dressings range from ketchup to marinara sauce and fried eggs to peanut butter. Big, irregularly cut sweet potato fries are outstanding.
Breakfast is the house specialty. Excellent biscuits are the star of the show -- along with just about every kind of breakfast pork there is: sausage and smoked sausage, country ham and city ham, bacon, tenderloins, and thick-sliced grilled bologna.
A no-frills restaurant that draws crowds for large portions of such hearty classics as broasted chicken, country ham, and fried catfish followed by dessert that includes banana pudding and buttermilk pie.
Tom's Blue Moon BBQ is known all around the Lebanon, TN area for having the best BBQ in town. The restaurant is bright, friendly, and clean. The air has that smell of wood smoke. As you walk in the side door you are greeted right away with a big, "Howdy! Welcome to Blue Moon BBQ." Whatever meat you eat, save room for the great banana pudding.
Southeast of Nashville in the town of Antioch, Hot Stuff makes some of the best hot chicken and hot fish sandwiches anywhere. Baker Spencer Middlebrooks' layer cakes are not to be missed.