My friends and I just took a weekend trip to Nashville, and no trip to Nashville is complete without a meal of hot chicken!
Saturday night, after our pedal tavern (a really fun activity that I recommend doing in Nashville!), we headed over to Midtown to Hattie B’s. Hattie B’s had been recommended to us by several people and looked to be THE place to get hot chicken, so we wanted to do it right.
We arrived at around 7:30 pm and there was a line out the door. The wait wasn’t too bad – probably 20 or 30 minutes. Inside, we ordered at the counter where the questions we answered were basically “how much chicken do you want?” and “how hot do you want it?” We sat outside in the patio area which had a bunch of metal benches and TVs playing college football.
I ordered the large white plate, a plate of two breasts and two wings, with sides of pimento mac & cheese and baked beans. The sides were okay – the mac & cheese was a little too soupy but the pimento was a nice touch; the beans were fine with a little bit of sweetness but not too much. The chicken was amazing!! Since I’m a wimp who completely contradicts her Louisiana upbringing, I got no heat with my chicken. The breading was perfectly crispy and still tasty without any spiciness at all. I also had sweet tea, which was very good. My one mistake was that the large plate was way too much for me and a small plate would’ve been just fine.
There are six heat levels – Southern (no heat), Mild, Medium, Hot, Damn Hot, and Shut the Cluck Up. A couple of my friends got their chicken with the Damn Hot heat – big mistake!
Karan said that Damn Hot was spicier than Blazin’ at Buffalo Wild Wings, which is their spiciest sauce. Rachel tried a bit of his chicken and said it burned her mouth. Finally, Greg said that the first 5 seconds after eating the chicken are amazing, but then it hits you and you’re like, “Why did I bite into this?” Everyone who got Medium said it was hotter than they expected, and everyone who was conservative and got Mild said they were happy with their choice. You’ve been warned!