For a northern girl living in the south, I am serious about my fried chicken, especially when it’s hot. Moving to Tennessee was dangerous to my health (and probably the reason I gained 10+ pounds) when I discovered my love for Nashville hot chicken. After two years of eating my way through the city, I’ve compiled my list of top places to get hot chicken. Some will disagree with my order, but I’m not just judging by heat– I’m taking into consideration the flavor, texture, and overall experience at each of these hot-chicken-serving establishments.

To give you a frame of reference, I am not exceptionally brave when it comes to the Scoville scale. I typically stay between the mild to medium range on anything I order. However; for those who like to order things just for the burn, I think you’ll appreciate this list just the same.

Here is my list for the best places to get Nashville Hot Chicken:


Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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I choose Hattie B’s Hot Chicken as my number 1 pick for Nashville hot chicken. Not only do they have multiple selections on their heat scale, but the crispiness of their chicken breasts is my favorite. Although I’ve been to the one in Midtown several times more than the location in West Nashville, I’ve had positive experiences at both places and have always enjoyed the customer service. It helps that their selection of sides are amazing too! (Get the banana pudding and thank me later).

Hattie B’s has two locations (soon to be three!)

Midtown: 112 19th Ave. S.

West Nashville: 5209 Charlotte Ave.

Coming Soon: Hattie B’s Melrose: 2222 Franklin Pike


Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

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My first experience with Bolton’s hot chicken was takeout that my husband brought home during Nashville hot chicken week. As soon as I opened the styrofoam takeout box I knew I was going to be in for a wild ride. The spices tingled my nose. After I got past the intense immediate heat (at level Medium), I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor and the juiciness of the chicken. It is good, ya’ll.

Bolton’s has two locations:

624 Main St # B in East Nashville

2309A Franklin Pike near 8th Ave. South


Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

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Ah, Prince’s, where the original Nashville hot chicken was born. Prince’s was the last place I visited out of all of the hot chicken places on this list, and it’s a shame I waited so long to finally try it. If you want Nashville hot chicken done the right way, this is it. You can’t come to Nashville and not try Prince’s for the full hot chicken experience.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack has two locations. Their original shack at 123 Ewing Drive and their south location at 5814 Nolensville Pike.


Party Fowl

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I didn’t recognize Party Fowl as a hot chicken joint the first time I visited. In fact, we randomly dropped in with a couple friends who were visiting from out of town while we were walking through the neighborhood. We decided to grab dinner and all of us ordered the hot chicken and I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. I’ve since been a handful of times for different reasons: a Nashville Food Bloggers happy hour, casual date night, and more. Each time I go I order some sort of hot chicken.

Party Fowl is located at 719 8th Ave. South in the Gulch.


Scoreboard Bar & Grill

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I love how ‘old Nashville’ Scoreboard Bar & Grill is. Being out by the Opry means it’s tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of the city, but it still holds that timeless charm that the rest of old Nashville has. It’s also a pretty hopping sports bar, especially when the Nashville Predators make the playoffs. The original hot chicken is great and so are their hot chicken tenders.

Scoreboard Bar & Grill is located at 2408 Music Valley Drive.

So there you have it: my list of the best places to get Nashville’s famous hot chicken all around the city. You may agree, you may not. That’s fine. I know what I like and I want to share it with you all, especially if you’re planning a trip to Nashville and need some hot chicken recommendations! 

Happy eating!

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Some photos c/o Nashville Guru.

Last weekend we paid a visit to the newly opened Cafe Roze in East Nashville. We’d heard only great things since its opening, so we figured we’d make a stop for our favorite meal on the weekends: brunch. Cafe Roze was opened by the highly acclaimed chef Julia Jaksic who is known for playing a major parts in popular restaurants like Employees Only and Jack’s Wife Frieda. I’m always excited to see cute cafes and casual hangout spots open near us. I typically look at them as potential for ‘remote work’ locations.
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When the days aren’t incredibly hot and humid, one of my favorite things to do is stroll around East Nashville neighborhoods, window shop, grab coffee, and enjoy the beautiful weather. The sunny-yet-bearable-and-less-humid days are few and far between lately, so when we get a perfectly balanced weather day, there’s nothing better.

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Last night was the 1 year anniversary party for Jeff Ruby’s steakhouse downtown. I was invited by my favorite ladies at Reed PR so I brought Steve with me to make an appearance and celebrate the past year of success, delicious food, tasty cocktails, and the best damn desserts I’ve ever had at this luxurious steakhouse. You can learn more about Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in this old blog post.

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The party included live music, hors d’oeuvres, a sushi bar, tiny chocolate desserts, a signature whiskey cocktail, and a cake that looked like a giant t-bone steak and cigar box. It was amazing. If you haven’t already visited this Nashville restaurant, you need to plan ahead for your next event, anniversary, birthday, or just for a night to treat yourself. They have, by far, some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life.

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The sushi bar was incredible. The last time I visited Jeff Ruby’s they served a sushi roll wrapped in thin-sliced, pan seared steak and I talked about it for weeks after. I also can’t sing enough praises about the pastry chef on staff here because not only are they decadent and delightful, but they’re the most beautifully decorated desserts I’ve seen. I didn’t get any pictures of them last night, so you’ll just go see for yourself.

jeff ruby'sAfter the event, Steve and I strolled around downtown near 4th Avenue to enjoy the remaining daylight of one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in Nashville. It was finally not too hot to stand outside for more then a few minutes.

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend ahead.

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Listen up, Nashville! There’s a really cool event coming up at the Mall at Green Hills Monday, August 7th from 12:30-1:30pm. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has announced its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and they’re holding their 8th annual Kiehl’s LifeRide to support the cause.

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The annual motorcycle LifeRide continues Kiehl’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR. This year, beginning in Minneapolis and ending in Nashville, the multi-city charity ride will take place over 8 days, from July 31-Aug. 7, 2017.

The LifeRide rally will continue along through 9 different stops throughout the country. Even better: Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the ride. With each public stop, people can attend and meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the non-profit. Kiehl’s and amfAR executives will be riding motorcycles alongside celebrity riders from NYC through their journey. Since Nashville is the last stop on this year’s ride, they’ll be hosting an event at the Kiehl’s location in The Mall at Green Hills celebrate the grand finale of the LifeRide.

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The event is open to the public and festivities will incude a special musical performance from Ingred Andress, a meet-and-greet with beauty blogger Amanda Ensing, skincare consultations, catered bites from Bacon and Caviar and on-site motorcycles, with TV expected to attend. If you’re in the area and available, please come out and support this wonderful event!

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In honor of this charitable event, I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram— where one lucky winner will receive NINE of my favorite premium skincare products from Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Hope to see you there!

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