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16 Fantastic Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Nashville

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Food journalists and passionate chicken chain fanatics worldwide have flooded the internet in years past, in a battle debating the greatness of// fast food crispy chicken sandwiches.

But surely, there’s no place better than Nashville to really settle the score with one of the things the south does best — fried chicken. Enough of Chick-Fil-A and Popeye’s crispy chicken sandwiches’ heydays — let’s get hyper local and shine a light on something Nashville truly excels at.

The city has plenty of non-mass-produced sandwiches topped with traditional crispy fried chicken, some (of course) Nashville hot, and some looser interpretations. Some are available only at weekend brunch, and some you might spend some time in (a socially distanced) line for.

Without further ado — a list of 15 fantastic crispy fried chicken sandwiches to seek out in Nashville. All items on this map are available for takeout or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Slow Burn Hot Chicken

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495 Myatt Dr
Madison, TN 37115
(629) 202-7407
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The Madison hot chicken specialist is a favorite among locals — and there’s now a second East Nashville outpost with a walk-up window. Here, a hot chicken sandwich runs $7.50 a la carte, or $9 with one of their standout sides. Diners choose spiciness levels ranging from Southern (zero heat) to increasingly fiery “inferno”, “purgatory”, and “the end”. Hot chicken fans can also choose to get their fried fiery fowl sandwiched on a doughnut.

Place orders online from home then head in for even less of a wait.

Hot chicken doughnut sandwich
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2. Nadeen's Hermitage Haven

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3410 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 873-1184
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At the Hermitage Philly cheesesteak and breakfast destination, there’s also a worthy chicken contender in Tyrone’s hot chicken sandwich. The crispy hand-dredged Nashville hot chicken lies on a toasted potato roll, dressed in lettuce, tomato, and creamy house blue cheese dressing. This chicken sandwich rings in a la carte at $10.50.

3. BokBox

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604 Gallatin Ave #203
Nashville, TN 37206

Head into Lakeside Lounge for one of the better solid fried chicken sandwich deals in town, available for takeaway and dine-in service Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Namesake ‘BokWiches’ run $5 a la carte or $8 with a side of fries.

Online ordering is available for pick-up and delivery is available via Postmates.

4. Mother's Ruin

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1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 953-7317
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Germantown’s late night cocktail spot also makes a case for itself with its way better than average bar food. The spicy chicken sandwich here is more than a hand full — buttermilk fried chicken with shredded slaw and pickles, served with waffle fries and spicy ketchup. All in at $16, this massive sandwich is perhaps best eaten with a fork and knife.

Order online for takeout and delivery.

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5. Waldo's Chicken and Beer

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1120 4th Ave N Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 610-3394
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Fast-casual chicken-centric Waldo’s offers one fried chicken sandwich for heat seekers and one for traditionalists. The “fowl mouth” is spicy habanero fried chicken thigh slapped on a toasted potato bun with cheddar, jalapeño slaw, herb mayo, and namesake Waldo’s sauce (8.49). The $7.49 O.G. is a classic pickle-brined fried chicken thigh with pickles, lettuce, and herb mayo.

Order online for takeout or delivery in Germantown or in Franklin.

on the left, a chicken sandwich layered with slaw, on the right, a white bowl of macaroni and cheese. sitting on a red and white checkered paper tray.
The spicy ‘fowl mouth’ chicken sandwich at Waldo’s
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6. Joyland Restaurant

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901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 922-4934
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Place orders online for carryout or walk on in for Sean Brock’s standout fried chicken sandwich, burgers, and biscuits. The $11 fried chicken sandwich here comes served on a potato roll with pickle slaw and Brock’s signature joy sauce. A really good gluten-free version is also available.

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7. Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

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624 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 254-8015
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Named for the late Bolton Polk and now owned by the hot chicken mentor’s nephew Bolton Matthews, the famous restaurant’s hot chicken sandwiches start at $5.50, in spice levels that somehow seem hotter than all of the other hot chicken competitors around town. So take care when choosing how fiery that fowl should come out.

Online ordering is available for takeout from the Antioch location only.

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8. Liberty Common

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207 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 649-8900
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Downtown’s Southern brasserie has a solid fried chicken sandwich on offer — priced at $13 and served with choice of crispy fries or salad. The liberty chicken sandwich comes Southern fried, Nashville hot, or grilled. The traditional Southern fried variation comes topped with with cabbage slaw, heirloom tomato, a fried pickle, and smoked aioli. Pair appropriately with a glass of bubbly on their patio or at home.

Place orders online for takeout.

9. Hugh-Baby's

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4816 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 610-3340
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Well known pitmaster Pat Martin’s crispy hand-breaded, golden fried chicken sandwich comes crowned with pickles and comeback sauce. And, priced at just 4.79, it’s the most affordable sandwich on the list.


Place orders online for pickup and delivery via Doordash. Or, just drive on thru the line at the Charlotte Avenue location.

crispy fried chicken, pickles, sauce on a fried chicken sandwich Hugh Baby’s / Official Photo

10. Tennessee Brew Works

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809 Ewing Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 436-0050
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At the Pie Town spot best known for its beer and burgers, there’s also a solid fried chicken sandwich. The Nashville hot chicken sandwich comes with farm egg gribiche, cheese, ,and pickles, priced at $14 with fries and Basil Ryeman ketchup.

Order online for curbside pick-up or get it delivered via Postmates.

11. Red's 615 Kitchen

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115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 400-1454
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Open just over a year near the Parthenon, Red’s serves up a duo of noteworthy hot chicken sandwiches. The Southern dirty bird sandwich ($12, served with fries) comes layered with two jumbo tenders, house pimento cheese, hot sauce, and comeback sauce.

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12. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Melrose Nashville, TN

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2222 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 970-3010
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One of the most well-known fried fowl sandwiches in Music City is Hattie B’s hot chicken variation. Served with one side, it’s a (choose-your-own-heat) crisp fried chicken breast with coleslaw, pickle, and Nashville comeback sauce.

Pro Hattie B’s aficionados skip the lines and order ahead online for takeout or get it delivered via Uber Eats.

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13. Josephine

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2316 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-7766
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Available only during weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), chef Andy Little’s fried chicken sandwich is a fan favorite. Layered with lettuce, pickles, and spicy ranch, his sandwich is worth both dodging the ice cream line at neighboring Jeni’s and fighting the weekend bachelorettes cruising the 12 South mural scene for.

Luckily now the crowds are thinner, but you can still stay socially distant with takeout (call 615-292-7766) or delivery via Postmates. A 20-percent service charge is added to each to-go order.

Josephine’s brunch-only fried chicken sandwich
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14. Emmy Squared – Green Hills

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3821 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 800-5400
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The Brooklyn-born Detroit-style pizza restaurant opened its second Nashville location in Green Hills in 2019, and a third in Germantown in 2021 (just open for takeout and delivery). While typically the name conjures up dreams of one of the city’s most beloved burgers or a cheese-crusted rectangular pizza, there’s also a solid case to be made for its two fried chicken sandwich offerings. Both $13.65 and served on a pretzel bun, the Nashville hot katsu sandwich joins greens, pickles, and radishes with Alabama white sauce — while a worthy classic chicken parm features tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil.

Order online for curbside takeout from the Gulch or Green Hills, or get it delivered.

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15. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

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5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 955-1223
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The South Nashville restaurant’s SC hot chicken sandwich is available in not hot, mild, medium, hot, and stupid hot spice levels. Served with sesame slaw, avocado, and aioli, it’s a top pick among locals (alongside the hot chicken ramen and hot chicken tacos).

Order online for pick-up or delivery.

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16. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack South

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6539, 5814 Nolensville Pike #110
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 810-9388
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Available from basic plain to tear-inducing xxx hot, a case could be made that perhaps the city’s best crispy chicken sandwich wasn’t even a sandwich at all. Until very recently there was no sandwich on the menu, but the open-faced white bread topped with the OG bone-in Nashville hot chicken and pierced with a pickle-packed toothpick surely fit the bill.

In celebration of forty yeas of ownership, the fiery fried fowl’s founder just added a new lunch sandwich dubbed “the Andre special” after Ms. Andre’ herself. It’s a boneless chicken breast sandwich with choice of heat level (plus spicy ranch or sweet heat sauce), topped with slaw and of course, pickles.

Place orders online for pick-up from the South location, or just walk up to order at the downtown food truck.

1. Slow Burn Hot Chicken

495 Myatt Dr, Madison, TN 37115
Hot chicken doughnut sandwich
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The Madison hot chicken specialist is a favorite among locals — and there’s now a second East Nashville outpost with a walk-up window. Here, a hot chicken sandwich runs $7.50 a la carte, or $9 with one of their standout sides. Diners choose spiciness levels ranging from Southern (zero heat) to increasingly fiery “inferno”, “purgatory”, and “the end”. Hot chicken fans can also choose to get their fried fiery fowl sandwiched on a doughnut.

Place orders online from home then head in for even less of a wait.

495 Myatt Dr
Madison, TN 37115

2. Nadeen's Hermitage Haven

3410 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

At the Hermitage Philly cheesesteak and breakfast destination, there’s also a worthy chicken contender in Tyrone’s hot chicken sandwich. The crispy hand-dredged Nashville hot chicken lies on a toasted potato roll, dressed in lettuce, tomato, and creamy house blue cheese dressing. This chicken sandwich rings in a la carte at $10.50.

3410 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076

3. BokBox

604 Gallatin Ave #203, Nashville, TN 37206

Head into Lakeside Lounge for one of the better solid fried chicken sandwich deals in town, available for takeaway and dine-in service Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Namesake ‘BokWiches’ run $5 a la carte or $8 with a side of fries.

Online ordering is available for pick-up and delivery is available via Postmates.

604 Gallatin Ave #203
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Mother's Ruin

1239 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Mother’s Ruin/Facebook

Germantown’s late night cocktail spot also makes a case for itself with its way better than average bar food. The spicy chicken sandwich here is more than a hand full — buttermilk fried chicken with shredded slaw and pickles, served with waffle fries and spicy ketchup. All in at $16, this massive sandwich is perhaps best eaten with a fork and knife.

Order online for takeout and delivery.

1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

5. Waldo's Chicken and Beer

1120 4th Ave N Suite 103, Nashville, TN 37208
on the left, a chicken sandwich layered with slaw, on the right, a white bowl of macaroni and cheese. sitting on a red and white checkered paper tray.
The spicy ‘fowl mouth’ chicken sandwich at Waldo’s
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Fast-casual chicken-centric Waldo’s offers one fried chicken sandwich for heat seekers and one for traditionalists. The “fowl mouth” is spicy habanero fried chicken thigh slapped on a toasted potato bun with cheddar, jalapeño slaw, herb mayo, and namesake Waldo’s sauce (8.49). The $7.49 O.G. is a classic pickle-brined fried chicken thigh with pickles, lettuce, and herb mayo.

Order online for takeout or delivery in Germantown or in Franklin.

1120 4th Ave N Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37208

6. Joyland Restaurant

901 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
right side of photo - close up of fried chicken sandwich Jeff Scott

Place orders online for carryout or walk on in for Sean Brock’s standout fried chicken sandwich, burgers, and biscuits. The $11 fried chicken sandwich here comes served on a potato roll with pickle slaw and Brock’s signature joy sauce. A really good gluten-free version is also available.

901 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

7. Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

624 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206
Bolton’s/Facebook

Named for the late Bolton Polk and now owned by the hot chicken mentor’s nephew Bolton Matthews, the famous restaurant’s hot chicken sandwiches start at $5.50, in spice levels that somehow seem hotter than all of the other hot chicken competitors around town. So take care when choosing how fiery that fowl should come out.

Online ordering is available for takeout from the Antioch location only.

624 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206

8. Liberty Common

207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Downtown’s Southern brasserie has a solid fried chicken sandwich on offer — priced at $13 and served with choice of crispy fries or salad. The liberty chicken sandwich comes Southern fried, Nashville hot, or grilled. The traditional Southern fried variation comes topped with with cabbage slaw, heirloom tomato, a fried pickle, and smoked aioli. Pair appropriately with a glass of bubbly on their patio or at home.

Place orders online for takeout.

207 1st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

9. Hugh-Baby's

4816 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
crispy fried chicken, pickles, sauce on a fried chicken sandwich Hugh Baby’s / Official Photo

Well known pitmaster Pat Martin’s crispy hand-breaded, golden fried chicken sandwich comes crowned with pickles and comeback sauce. And, priced at just 4.79, it’s the most affordable sandwich on the list.


Place orders online for pickup and delivery via Doordash. Or, just drive on thru the line at the Charlotte Avenue location.

4816 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

10. Tennessee Brew Works

809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

At the Pie Town spot best known for its beer and burgers, there’s also a solid fried chicken sandwich. The Nashville hot chicken sandwich comes with farm egg gribiche, cheese, ,and pickles, priced at $14 with fries and Basil Ryeman ketchup.

Order online for curbside pick-up or get it delivered via Postmates.

809 Ewing Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Red's 615 Kitchen

115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Red’s 615/Facebook

Open just over a year near the Parthenon, Red’s serves up a duo of noteworthy hot chicken sandwiches. The Southern dirty bird sandwich ($12, served with fries) comes layered with two jumbo tenders, house pimento cheese, hot sauce, and comeback sauce.

115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

12. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Melrose Nashville, TN

2222 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Hattie B’s/Facebook

One of the most well-known fried fowl sandwiches in Music City is Hattie B’s hot chicken variation. Served with one side, it’s a (choose-your-own-heat) crisp fried chicken breast with coleslaw, pickle, and Nashville comeback sauce.

Pro Hattie B’s aficionados skip the lines and order ahead online for takeout or get it delivered via Uber Eats.

2222 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

13. Josephine

2316 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Josephine’s brunch-only fried chicken sandwich
Michael Sati

Available only during weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), chef Andy Little’s fried chicken sandwich is a fan favorite. Layered with lettuce, pickles, and spicy ranch, his sandwich is worth both dodging the ice cream line at neighboring Jeni’s and fighting the weekend bachelorettes cruising the 12 South mural scene for.

Luckily now the crowds are thinner, but you can still stay socially distant with takeout (call 615-292-7766) or delivery via Postmates. A 20-percent service charge is added to each to-go order.

2316 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

14. Emmy Squared – Green Hills

3821 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN 37215
Emmy Squared/Facebook

The Brooklyn-born Detroit-style pizza restaurant opened its second Nashville location in Green Hills in 2019, and a third in Germantown in 2021 (just open for takeout and delivery). While typically the name conjures up dreams of one of the city’s most beloved burgers or a cheese-crusted rectangular pizza, there’s also a solid case to be made for its two fried chicken sandwich offerings. Both $13.65 and served on a pretzel bun, the Nashville hot katsu sandwich joins greens, pickles, and radishes with Alabama white sauce — while a worthy classic chicken parm features tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil.

Order online for curbside takeout from the Gulch or Green Hills, or get it delivered.

3821 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

15. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

5737 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Subculture/Facebook

The South Nashville restaurant’s SC hot chicken sandwich is available in not hot, mild, medium, hot, and stupid hot spice levels. Served with sesame slaw, avocado, and aioli, it’s a top pick among locals (alongside the hot chicken ramen and hot chicken tacos).

Order online for pick-up or delivery.

5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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16. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack South

6539, 5814 Nolensville Pike #110, Nashville, TN 37211

Available from basic plain to tear-inducing xxx hot, a case could be made that perhaps the city’s best crispy chicken sandwich wasn’t even a sandwich at all. Until very recently there was no sandwich on the menu, but the open-faced white bread topped with the OG bone-in Nashville hot chicken and pierced with a pickle-packed toothpick surely fit the bill.

In celebration of forty yeas of ownership, the fiery fried fowl’s founder just added a new lunch sandwich dubbed “the Andre special” after Ms. Andre’ herself. It’s a boneless chicken breast sandwich with choice of heat level (plus spicy ranch or sweet heat sauce), topped with slaw and of course, pickles.

Place orders online for pick-up from the South location, or just walk up to order at the downtown food truck.

6539, 5814 Nolensville Pike #110
Nashville, TN 37211

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