Month: May 2014

Hattie B’s: Proceed Without Caution

biohazChooksIn our original review of Hattie B’s, we gave our usual recommendation: Start with the Medium.

But, after a recent outing, we feel compelled to amend our caution. If you love spicy food, go ahead and start with the Hot.

Our change of heart comes after taking a large group of out-of-town friends and acquaintances to Hattie B’s. Under our advice, many in our party decided to order the Medium. Most agreed (per usual) that the chicken was great, but more than a few in our group – mostly the guys – thought they could have gone hotter.

And we agree. We usually order the Hot, and sometimes even the Damn Hot. The Medium at Hattie B’s would hardly phase us at this point, and it may not impress those who are accustomed to some decent levels of heat (e.g., Sriracha, Tabasco).

This is not a general hot chicken recommendation, though. While we love the heat-to-flavor ratio at Hattie B’s more than at any other place we’ve tried so far, their heat is milder compared to the others. A Hattie B’s Hot is more like a Prince’s Medium or 400 Degrees’ 200 degrees.

So, heat it up if you think you’re up for it.

400 Degrees: Not Feeling the Heat

400 degrees thigh

Let us start this way: We heart hot chicken.

And we genuinely want to love every hot chicken place we go. Each new place offers titillating promise. But, unfortunately, we feel we have to put 400 Degrees in the friend zone. 400 Degrees has a convenient lunch location, tucked away with a few other restaurants in a small food court near downtown Nashville. The friendly, joking staff — especially the charming owner — serves up decent chicken with a smile. But we didn’t feel the spark. In sum, we’ll hang out if we happen to be in the area, but we’re not changing our plans to come if they call.
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