Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hot Chicken in the West End

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Hot Chicken in the West End


Hattie B’s is open and hopping on 19th street, across the street from the Broadway Brewhouse. A first look found a large covered deck, a tight, roadhouse-style interior and a well-run kitchen. The chicken comes in Southern for no heat and turns it up to hot and damn hot for those who like it seriously spicy. The medium was akin to the Prince’s medium in not only heat, but also style. You get a ton a chicken for your dollar and it’s good stuff. The sides and desserts are house made and also stand out from the crowd. Hattie B’s was busy on Sunday for lunch and we expect given the location (not much for hot chicken on the West End) and the quality, that trend will continue. I’ll get back and have a full review soon.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

112 19th Avenue South

Nashville

6150678-4795

www.hattieb.com

6 comments:

David Henley said...

You must try the mac n cheese!

JMH said...

This place has proven to be quite controversial on the Fraternal Order of Hot Chicken (FOHC) Facebook group.

I don't really get it -- I'm a long-time fan of Prince's and enjoy 400 Degrees, Pepperfire, and occasionally Bolton's. FOHCers seem to think that Hattie B's isn't hot enough (maybe Damn Hot has nothing on Prince's X Hot, but at a certain point, it's just not enjoyable any more), but the perks of having Jackalope beer on tap (and others available in cans/bottles), the clean patio area, the easy access in the midtown area, and three SUPERB sides (the mac & cheese, the greens, and the baked beans) are enough for me to welcome them into the fold.

Looking forward to your review!

Eric and Katie said...

The sides are pretty darn good. That's interesting JMH because I thought the medium at Hattie B's was similar to a Prince's medium. Perhaps that changes the hotter you go...or perhaps I just haven't been to Prince's recently enough. I say for hot chicken the more places the merrier, if the quality is there and they do have a good product in my estimation.

Lannae said...

When did you go? We have gone every weekend since opening, and the medium has seen a downward trend of of heat, where last weekend, it was non-existent heat, and a downward trend in sugar level. I was one of the only ones who liked the sweetness. OK, so last weekend, I got hot, and it was like the medium of the 1st week. So, I wasn't afraid of Damn Hot anymore, so I asked for the Damn Hot sauce, which they brought some to me in a little 2 oz plastic cup. I dipped my chicken and fries in it, and again, it wasn't hot. So I drank it, and nothing. I don't know if we talked about this, but I have a mild allergic reaction to chili peppers, where my ears plug up (like and allergy to pollen) and I can't hear, my eyes bulge and I cry, and I sweat like a MF. Welll, drinking the Damn Hot sauce - Nothing. So, last weekend I told Nick how weak the heat was. Nick then said that he doesn't make it that hot because people don't really like hot. Then I walked away thinking that is why he offers no heat and mild heat, options, and why call it hot chicken if he isn't going to make it hot. I mean, without hot, all he has is fried chicken.

Look, I had hot at Prince's once, lost my hearing, and was drenched in sweat down to my toes. I had 400 once at 400 Degrees, and same thing, AND I had an intestinal battle for 3 days after eating it. Drinking the Damn Hot sauce - Nothing. I really am not a hot food eater, like one FOHCer accused me of, because I do have that allergic reaction to chilis.

But the upswing, Hattie B's is in Midtown, open on weekends, and has lemonade, fountain and tapped beverages!!! There isn't too much of a long wait in general (let's admit Prince's is an investment in at least 1 hr wait). The tables are generally clean.

And, it is true (as Nick said) most people who would go to Hattie B's are not hot chili pepper lovers, and don't really want spicy hot food. So, Nick is right to knock down the heat to where repeat clients want, and build a solid foundation for his restaurant.

Eric and Katie said...

I was there a couple of saturday's ago. I was fine with the medium...it really did remind me of Prince's medium. But I've heard from plenty of folks bummed out about the lack of heat in the hot and damn hot. I agree, the only reason to have a damn hot is to make it damn hot. People who don't want it that hot can choose the medium. And if the heat level is still changing that could be a problem...if people expect one level and get another they could be unhappy. I think overall the quality of the chicken was very good...juicy and tender.

Vic said...

I've tried Hattie B's twice. As long as they're open, I'll never set foot in Prince's again.
The food is great and they respect their customers.