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Where to Eat Nashville Hot Chicken in its Hometown

Find fiery fowl around its namesake city

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Just like finding tourists wearing cowboy hats, green party tractors/alarming party hot tubs, and live music in Nashville, it’s pretty simple to locate something else this city is known for — hot chicken.

Love it or hate it, these days hot chicken is nearly synonymous with Nashville. Locals and tourists alike flock to their favorite heat slingers, whether it be where the fiery bird made its debut over 70 years ago, or to one of the handfuls of new hot chicken joints that are putting their own spins on the classic. And while dozens of restaurants have added a hot (fill in the blank) dish to their menus, these spots have a special focus on the original — Nashville hot chicken.

Most of the gold standard spots for fiery fowl remain open for takeout and/or delivery. See below for the full round-up of operational hot chicken-specific places — including hours, clickable ordering links, and merch (plus hot chicken seasoning, where available). Looking to change it up? Other places all around town feature outside-the-box hot chicken-inspired dishes on their menu for takeout and delivery: find a constantly updated running list here.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Granddaddy’s Famous Hot Chicken

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5546 Clarksville Pike
Joelton, TN 37080
(615) 544-4553
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Just 20 minutes northwest of Nashville in the small town of Joelton, Tennessee, Granddaddy’s is churning out consistently good hot chicken. Besides the usual suspects of meats and varying levels of heats, Grandaddy’s fans rave about the hot chicken loaded baked potato, hot chicken spring rolls, and deep-fried hotdogs on special.

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2. Scoreboard Bar & Grill

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2408 Music Valley Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 883-3866

While not a traditional hot chicken destination, this restaurant and bar near the Opryland Hotel still brings the heat and is available for takeout too. Spice levels range from “sissy” to “Satan’s tongue.”

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3. Slow Burn Hot Chicken -East Nashville

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726 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(629) 702-6815
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Slow Burn Hot Chicken lives up to its name, offering several different heat levels from “sprinkle heat” (just a hint of spice) to “the end” (triple hot). The restaurant’s menu also includes hot fish, seafood, pork chops, and a selection of $5 specials. The Madison location is now closed, but they moved to a new, larger location in Hendersonville, alongside serving cult-favorite chicken closer to the city center via a walk-up window in East Nashville.

The hot chicken burrito at Slow Burn is a must-try
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4. Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

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624 Main St # B
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 254-8015
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One of Nashville’s most famous purveyors of hot chicken (Dolly Matthews was featured on David Chang’s Netflix series Ugly Delicious), Bolton’s has been serving the hot stuff for 20-plus years. The Main Street location in East Nashville suffered tornado damage last year but is back in business alongside a new Antioch location, following the quiet Melrose outpost shutter. And while, yes, the chicken is the main attraction, don’t miss out on the hot fish sandwich or the Southern-style sides.

5. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

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112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 678-4794
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Hattie B’s first opened in the summer of 2012 and since has become of the first names associated with Nashville hot chicken since expanding its heat nationwide. In addition to hot chicken, Hattie B’s doles out great sides and banana pudding. The original Midtown and Fifth and Broadway locations are always booming, so head out west to their Charlotte Ave. spot, or visit 8th Ave. South for a shorter, socially distanced wait and patio dining. It’s also available for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, or shipping nationwide via Goldbelly. For each Goldbelly kit, chicken is brined, hand-breaded, and fried. All you need to do at home is crisp it up in your oven, give it a dip, and sprinkle on their signature hot seasonings.

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6. Party Fowl

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719 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 624-8255
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Offering more of a full-service restaurant experience than most other hot chicken purveyors, Party Fowl’s menu has a little bit of everything, including its signature hot chicken dishes, with heat levels ranging from traditional Southern fried to the “Poultrygeist,” the restaurant’s hottest. Party Fowl has locations in downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, plus a massive new one in Donelson and one in Cool Springs (and one coming soon to BNA). Not in the mood for traditional hot chicken? Try the Nashville hot deconstructed Cobb salad or the hot chicken Cuban sandwich for a change.

7. Red's 615 Kitchen

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115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 400-1454
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Nashville native Eric “Red” White’s new permanent home specializing in fiery fowl is known for its hot, but still incredibly flavorful fried chicken sandwiches, catfish, and stellar sides like pimento mac and cheese and seasoned fries. He begins with 36-hour buttermilk and hot sauce brine, then breads it and lets it rest for two hours before frying it up fresh to order. Then it’s doused with a proper dose of his secret Nashville hot seasoning and lard blend. A hot chicken sandwich here comes slathered with Comeback sauce and crowned with slaw, which balances out the heat nicely, while a cool Crunchwrap take is stuffed with hot chicken and mac and cheese.

8. Hurt’s Hot Chicken Food Truck (usually parked at 3288 S Mt Juliet Rd)

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3288 S Mt Juliet Rd
Hermitage, TN 37076

Hurt’s Hot Chicken is a roving hot chicken source, (usually parked at 3288 South Mount Juliet Road). Yes, it can be complicated to find a food truck when craving hot chicken. However, seeking out this one is worth it — as they’re doling out some of the best hot chicken (try it in a gyro, too) and fish in the city. Usually found in a Dollar General parking lot in Hermitage, follow along with Lamont Hurt’s (yep, that’s his real last name) business’s Facebook page for exact location information and times.

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9. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

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5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 955-1223
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Get a hot chicken fix with a side of waffles, or even in ramen or taco form at one of the city’s most underrated spots found south of town. Fiery fowl here ranges from “not hot” to “stupid hot” —which packs a pleasant, flavorful amount of heat. Order online for curbside pick-up or hit up Postmates for delivery.

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10. 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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The grandaddy of them all — Prince’s is the original hot chicken shack, serving legendary fiery fowl for over 70 years, and even snagging a James Beard Award along the way. André Prince Jeffries continues the decades-old tradition on the south side of town and in limited menu formats at 6th and Peabody Assembly Food Hall at 5th and Broadway, both downtown. Order online from the South location for takeout every day except Sunday.

11. Mack’s Hot Chicken

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12978 Old Nashville Hwy
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 768-5477
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A popular food truck planted permanent roots back in 2019 on the southeast side of town in Smyrna. Mack’s Hot Chicken. Raychelle and Trey Lowe named the restaurant after Raychelle’s father, Mack Holt, a 38-year veteran and former assistant fire chief for the Nashville Fire Department who was also a hot chicken connoisseur. Heat levels range from plain to the oh-so-fiery “Mack’s revenge.” In addition to the traditional meats and heats, Mack’s serves up solid sides, desserts, and a weekly “wild card Wednesday” featuring fun spins like hot Cornish hen, hot chicken-topped waffle fries, and hot chicken grilled cheese sandwiches.

“Wild Card” Wednesdays at Mack’s mean fun specials like this Nashville hot whole Cornish hen
macks hot chicken

12. Bishop's

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3065 Mallory Ln #115
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-9432
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The Hattie B’s that many spend hours waiting in line for is actually the brainchild of the owners of Franklin’s own Bishop’s Meat-and-Three. The Bishop family experimented with serving hot chicken on their cafeteria line and found it soon became one of their best sellers. Today, hot chicken is served at Bishop’s every day of the week, now including hot chicken meals for four for takeout or delivery via delivery dudes.

13. Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish

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1203 Murfreesboro Rd #185
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 988-9335 ext. 2
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With locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville, and in Huntsville, Alabama, Big Shake’s offers heat seekers outside of Nashville proper the opportunity to get in on the fiery action. Live out of state and missing real Nashville hot chicken? Big Shake’s ships hot chicken nationwide in two days, and sells merch (free shipping with two items purchased) — including hot chicken seasoning to try making the city’s signature dish at home.

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1. Granddaddy’s Famous Hot Chicken

5546 Clarksville Pike, Joelton, TN 37080
Granddaddy’s Famous Hot Chicken/Facebook

Just 20 minutes northwest of Nashville in the small town of Joelton, Tennessee, Granddaddy’s is churning out consistently good hot chicken. Besides the usual suspects of meats and varying levels of heats, Grandaddy’s fans rave about the hot chicken loaded baked potato, hot chicken spring rolls, and deep-fried hotdogs on special.

5546 Clarksville Pike
Joelton, TN 37080

2. Scoreboard Bar & Grill

2408 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Scoreboard / Facebook

While not a traditional hot chicken destination, this restaurant and bar near the Opryland Hotel still brings the heat and is available for takeout too. Spice levels range from “sissy” to “Satan’s tongue.”

2408 Music Valley Dr
Nashville, TN 37214

3. Slow Burn Hot Chicken -East Nashville

726 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
The hot chicken burrito at Slow Burn is a must-try
Slow Burn/Facebook

Slow Burn Hot Chicken lives up to its name, offering several different heat levels from “sprinkle heat” (just a hint of spice) to “the end” (triple hot). The restaurant’s menu also includes hot fish, seafood, pork chops, and a selection of $5 specials. The Madison location is now closed, but they moved to a new, larger location in Hendersonville, alongside serving cult-favorite chicken closer to the city center via a walk-up window in East Nashville.

726 Mcferrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

624 Main St # B, Nashville, TN 37206

One of Nashville’s most famous purveyors of hot chicken (Dolly Matthews was featured on David Chang’s Netflix series Ugly Delicious), Bolton’s has been serving the hot stuff for 20-plus years. The Main Street location in East Nashville suffered tornado damage last year but is back in business alongside a new Antioch location, following the quiet Melrose outpost shutter. And while, yes, the chicken is the main attraction, don’t miss out on the hot fish sandwich or the Southern-style sides.

624 Main St # B
Nashville, TN 37206

5. Hattie B's Hot Chicken

112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Joseph Woodley

Hattie B’s first opened in the summer of 2012 and since has become of the first names associated with Nashville hot chicken since expanding its heat nationwide. In addition to hot chicken, Hattie B’s doles out great sides and banana pudding. The original Midtown and Fifth and Broadway locations are always booming, so head out west to their Charlotte Ave. spot, or visit 8th Ave. South for a shorter, socially distanced wait and patio dining. It’s also available for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, or shipping nationwide via Goldbelly. For each Goldbelly kit, chicken is brined, hand-breaded, and fried. All you need to do at home is crisp it up in your oven, give it a dip, and sprinkle on their signature hot seasonings.

112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

6. Party Fowl

719 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Offering more of a full-service restaurant experience than most other hot chicken purveyors, Party Fowl’s menu has a little bit of everything, including its signature hot chicken dishes, with heat levels ranging from traditional Southern fried to the “Poultrygeist,” the restaurant’s hottest. Party Fowl has locations in downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, plus a massive new one in Donelson and one in Cool Springs (and one coming soon to BNA). Not in the mood for traditional hot chicken? Try the Nashville hot deconstructed Cobb salad or the hot chicken Cuban sandwich for a change.

719 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Red's 615 Kitchen

115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

Nashville native Eric “Red” White’s new permanent home specializing in fiery fowl is known for its hot, but still incredibly flavorful fried chicken sandwiches, catfish, and stellar sides like pimento mac and cheese and seasoned fries. He begins with 36-hour buttermilk and hot sauce brine, then breads it and lets it rest for two hours before frying it up fresh to order. Then it’s doused with a proper dose of his secret Nashville hot seasoning and lard blend. A hot chicken sandwich here comes slathered with Comeback sauce and crowned with slaw, which balances out the heat nicely, while a cool Crunchwrap take is stuffed with hot chicken and mac and cheese.

115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Hurt’s Hot Chicken Food Truck (usually parked at 3288 S Mt Juliet Rd)

3288 S Mt Juliet Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Hurt’s Hot Chicken is a roving hot chicken source, (usually parked at 3288 South Mount Juliet Road). Yes, it can be complicated to find a food truck when craving hot chicken. However, seeking out this one is worth it — as they’re doling out some of the best hot chicken (try it in a gyro, too) and fish in the city. Usually found in a Dollar General parking lot in Hermitage, follow along with Lamont Hurt’s (yep, that’s his real last name) business’s Facebook page for exact location information and times.

3288 S Mt Juliet Rd
Hermitage, TN 37076

9. Subculture Urban Cuisine And Cafe

5737 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Get a hot chicken fix with a side of waffles, or even in ramen or taco form at one of the city’s most underrated spots found south of town. Fiery fowl here ranges from “not hot” to “stupid hot” —which packs a pleasant, flavorful amount of heat. Order online for curbside pick-up or hit up Postmates for delivery.

5737 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

10. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack South

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

The grandaddy of them all — Prince’s is the original hot chicken shack, serving legendary fiery fowl for over 70 years, and even snagging a James Beard Award along the way. André Prince Jeffries continues the decades-old tradition on the south side of town and in limited menu formats at 6th and Peabody Assembly Food Hall at 5th and Broadway, both downtown. Order online from the South location for takeout every day except Sunday.

6539, 5814 Nolensville Pike #110
Nashville, TN 37211

11. Mack’s Hot Chicken

12978 Old Nashville Hwy, Smyrna, TN 37167
“Wild Card” Wednesdays at Mack’s mean fun specials like this Nashville hot whole Cornish hen
macks hot chicken

A popular food truck planted permanent roots back in 2019 on the southeast side of town in Smyrna. Mack’s Hot Chicken. Raychelle and Trey Lowe named the restaurant after Raychelle’s father, Mack Holt, a 38-year veteran and former assistant fire chief for the Nashville Fire Department who was also a hot chicken connoisseur. Heat levels range from plain to the oh-so-fiery “Mack’s revenge.” In addition to the traditional meats and heats, Mack’s serves up solid sides, desserts, and a weekly “wild card Wednesday” featuring fun spins like hot Cornish hen, hot chicken-topped waffle fries, and hot chicken grilled cheese sandwiches.

12978 Old Nashville Hwy
Smyrna, TN 37167

12. Bishop's

3065 Mallory Ln #115, Franklin, TN 37067

The Hattie B’s that many spend hours waiting in line for is actually the brainchild of the owners of Franklin’s own Bishop’s Meat-and-Three. The Bishop family experimented with serving hot chicken on their cafeteria line and found it soon became one of their best sellers. Today, hot chicken is served at Bishop’s every day of the week, now including hot chicken meals for four for takeout or delivery via delivery dudes.

3065 Mallory Ln #115
Franklin, TN 37067

13. Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish

1203 Murfreesboro Rd #185, Franklin, TN 37064
Big Shake’s / Facebook

With locations in Franklin, Goodlettsville, and in Huntsville, Alabama, Big Shake’s offers heat seekers outside of Nashville proper the opportunity to get in on the fiery action. Live out of state and missing real Nashville hot chicken? Big Shake’s ships hot chicken nationwide in two days, and sells merch (free shipping with two items purchased) — including hot chicken seasoning to try making the city’s signature dish at home.

1203 Murfreesboro Rd #185
Franklin, TN 37064

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