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.