Nashville Four-Alarm Fare

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!


Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

Nashville hot chicken was created at Prince's, which still serves the best. Even mild is hot. Hot is thermonuclear!

Must Eats

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

Bolton's hot chicken is four-alarm HOT, more spicy than it is salty. Each bite is a taste-buds thrill ride. Is it Nashville's best?


400 Degrees

400 Degrees offers a unique take on Nashville hot chicken, each piece thickly painted with hot sauce that forms a tremendously savory crust.


Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B's has quickly gained a reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in Nashville. Cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.



Pepperfire is among the very best places to taste Nashville hot chicken as well as such fry-kettle inventions as a Tender Royale.


Hot Stuff Spicy Chicken and Fish

Southeast of Nashville in Antioch, Hot Stuff makes some of the best hot chicken anywhere. Baker Spencer Middlebrooks' layer cakes are not to be missed.