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Where to Find Crisp, Juicy, Traditional Fried Chicken in Nashville

Because Music City is more than hot chicken, believe it or not

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Nashville hot chicken — that trendy, crispy, fiery fowl — is what comes to mind when most people think of fried chicken in Nashville. But go back to the original with this list for some tried-and-true examples of traditional fried chicken around town. Those averse to spicy can (for the most part) stick to this list to ensure those sensitive taste buds are protected.

In this update, a duo of downtown spots throwing down some serious, crispy, traditional fried chicken earn a spot: southern brasserie Liberty Common and the Omni Nashville’s Kitchen Notes.

Note: this list is sorted geographically, and is not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lil Cee's

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605 Douglas Ave
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 226-6900

This under-the-radar soul food spot is cash-only, and long-time locals say it’s well worth the trip to the ATM for a takeout lunch or early dinner at Lil Cee’s. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays starting at noon, Cedric’s traditional fried chicken, fried pork chops, and sides keep people coming back. Menus aren’t posted anywhere online and meat-and-two options change daily, so call before heading in to make sure that traditional fried chicken is an option.

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2. Monell's Dining & Catering

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1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 248-4747
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Juicy, crispy fried chicken is served every day of the week at Monell’s, no matter what time of day it is. The family-style serving situation (during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Saturday’s midnight country breakfast) makes it easy to conceal how much fried chicken one is actually eating.

3. Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant - Downtown Nashville

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500 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 770-2772
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It has roots from the 1950s as a grocery store down in Leiper’s Fork, but Puckett’s also found its way to downtown Nashville, and serves its standout Southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.

4. Liberty Common

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207 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 649-8900
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Southern comfort food meets French classics here — and one prime example is Liberty Common’s fried chicken and champagne special. Snag a half or full bucket of fried chicken at half the cost on Mondays. Then pair with one of their sparkling offerings to experience fried chicken in a whole new way.

Liberty Common fried chicken BRND House

5. Pinewood Social

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33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
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The fried chicken at this downtown restaurant and hangout has been a signature item since inception — it’s offered as a half chicken for $19.

6. Kitchen Notes

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250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 761-3700
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The pickle-brined fried chicken at the Omni Nashville’s ground-level restaurant is some of the city’s best. It’s available by the half bird ($17) or full bird ($24), and comes with two sides. It can be kicked up a notch to Nashville mild or hot, for those looking for more heat.

7. Husk

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37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 256-6565
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Stop in for lunch during the week and grab a plate of fried chicken, a hybrid of the traditional Southern style that packs a little bit of heat. This version is consistently pointed to as one of the best fried chicken dishes in town.

8. Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking

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538 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-8501
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Dan Robinson’s popular cafeteria-style meat-and-three serves traditional fried chicken on Mondays and Thursdays, so plan accordingly.

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9. Arnold's Country Kitchen

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605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455
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In order to try the fried chicken at this James Beard America's Classic award winner, you’ll have to get in line on Monday — that’s the only day of the week it's served.

10. Bishop's

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3065 Mallory Ln #115
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-9432
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Those south of Nashville proper can check off the meat-and-three and fried chicken boxes in one fell swoop at the Cool Springs eatery. Fried chicken is on the menu daily for crispy, crunch indulgence.

1. Lil Cee's

605 Douglas Ave, Nashville, TN 37207
Lil’ Cee’s/Facebook

This under-the-radar soul food spot is cash-only, and long-time locals say it’s well worth the trip to the ATM for a takeout lunch or early dinner at Lil Cee’s. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays starting at noon, Cedric’s traditional fried chicken, fried pork chops, and sides keep people coming back. Menus aren’t posted anywhere online and meat-and-two options change daily, so call before heading in to make sure that traditional fried chicken is an option.

605 Douglas Ave
Nashville, TN 37207

2. Monell's Dining & Catering

1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Juicy, crispy fried chicken is served every day of the week at Monell’s, no matter what time of day it is. The family-style serving situation (during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Saturday’s midnight country breakfast) makes it easy to conceal how much fried chicken one is actually eating.

1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

3. Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant - Downtown Nashville

500 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

It has roots from the 1950s as a grocery store down in Leiper’s Fork, but Puckett’s also found its way to downtown Nashville, and serves its standout Southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.

500 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219

4. Liberty Common

207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
Liberty Common fried chicken BRND House

Southern comfort food meets French classics here — and one prime example is Liberty Common’s fried chicken and champagne special. Snag a half or full bucket of fried chicken at half the cost on Mondays. Then pair with one of their sparkling offerings to experience fried chicken in a whole new way.

207 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

5. Pinewood Social

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

The fried chicken at this downtown restaurant and hangout has been a signature item since inception — it’s offered as a half chicken for $19.

33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210

6. Kitchen Notes

250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

The pickle-brined fried chicken at the Omni Nashville’s ground-level restaurant is some of the city’s best. It’s available by the half bird ($17) or full bird ($24), and comes with two sides. It can be kicked up a notch to Nashville mild or hot, for those looking for more heat.

250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Husk

37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210

Stop in for lunch during the week and grab a plate of fried chicken, a hybrid of the traditional Southern style that packs a little bit of heat. This version is consistently pointed to as one of the best fried chicken dishes in town.

37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37210

8. Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking

538 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203
Dandgure’s

Dan Robinson’s popular cafeteria-style meat-and-three serves traditional fried chicken on Mondays and Thursdays, so plan accordingly.

538 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

In order to try the fried chicken at this James Beard America's Classic award winner, you’ll have to get in line on Monday — that’s the only day of the week it's served.

605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

10. Bishop's

3065 Mallory Ln #115, Franklin, TN 37067

Those south of Nashville proper can check off the meat-and-three and fried chicken boxes in one fell swoop at the Cool Springs eatery. Fried chicken is on the menu daily for crispy, crunch indulgence.

3065 Mallory Ln #115
Franklin, TN 37067

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