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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Nashville

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Is it worth waiting in line for an hour to get Nashville Hot Chicken at Hattie B’s? The answer might surprise you.

Hattie B's sign

On a recent layover of sorts in Nashville with several hours and a hungry belly to fill, my friend Jennifer from Sweet T Makes Three and I made our way to Hattie B’s.  The decision was made while we were deplaning at BNA and we asked some guys about where to eat.  They both responded with Hattie B’s and smiled.

Hattie B's restaurant in Nashville

We were in Nashville on a Saturday, so it only took us about 20 minutes to get to Hattie B’s from the airport.  We came in on Broadway and saw the sign.  We parked in the parking lot behind Hattie B’s/Gigi’s Cupcakes.

My first inclination was that it was Saturday and we wouldn’t have to pay for parking.  We proceeded to the entrance of Hattie B’s and discovered that the wait time was approximately an hour.

Jennifer and Lynda in line at Hattie B's

Fortunately, I thought better and decided to go check out the parking situation.  I stood in line to pay while the parking attendant came to the lot.  On a Saturday.  I told her I was in line to pay and narrowly escaped getting a boot on my car.  (Tip:  Be sure to pay for parking!  The $18 fee is cheaper and less hassle than a boot and up to a $50 fine.)

orange Home Depot water cooler

Even in October, it gets hot in Nashville.  Super hot.  There were two bright orange coolers with cups outside of the restaurant to keep soon-to-be patrons hydrated.

pedal tavern in Nashville

One benefit of waiting is that you can do some people watching in Nashville.  We saw several of these Nashville Pedal Tavern‘s go by us while we waited.

When the line is long, please remember to shut the clucking door Thanks Y'all sign

One thing you will notice at Hattie B’s from the door to the menu is a little bit of snarkiness via a nod to the restaurant’s star – chicken.

beer bottle with head

The counter is only a few feet deep into the restaurant, while the line outside snakes its way across the front and down the street.  Once inside, it doesn’t take that long before you can place your order.

The Menu at Hattie B’s

Hattie B’s menu is a refreshing change from the typical chicken joint.  Yes, you can get a plate of chicken with either white meat or dark and you can order chicken tenders, wings, or a sandwich. However, the heat level is up to you – Southern (no heat), Mild (a touch of heat), Medium (warming up), Hot! (feel the heat), Damn hot!! (fire starter), and for those brave souls who dare, Shut the cluck up!!! (burn notice).

What also makes Hattie B’s different are the sides and desserts.  With each plate, diners can choose two of the following sides:  southern greens, crinkle cut fries, pimento mac & cheese, baked beans, red skin potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and black eyed pea salad.  All plates come with a slice of bread and pickle slices.

Desserts at Hattie B’s include banana pudding, peach cobbler, floats (root beer and Coke), and ice cream.

We both ordered tenders.  Jennifer was a brave soul and got hers “HOT” while I opted for “Medium.”  For our sides, we both ordered a side of black eyed pea salad and for our other side dish, Jenn ordered the pimento mac & cheese while I got the red skin potato salad.

counter at Hattie B's

Jennifer and I had not eaten since breakfast when we were in Florida and we were hungry.  By the time we ordered, it was nearly 4 o’clock.

After waiting an hour in line and paying an exorbitant parking fee, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was worth it.  I think subconsciously I was thinking, “Please, Lord.  Let it be worth it!”

basket of Nashville Hot Chicken

After we ordered and paid, we found a table and sat down.  We placed the number that we were given on our table and waited roughly 10-15 minutes for our food to arrive.

The chicken was hot (temperature-wise) and juicy!  Not only was the chicken good, but the sides were, too.  I would order the same meal again.  And again.

black eyed pea salad

Jennifer also ordered the banana pudding, which came to us with two spoons.  So it was like a sign from above that I HAD to try that, too.  I am happy to report that for only $3, the pudding is worth the splurge.

banana pudding

We ate at Hattie B’s the day that Ed Sheeran was going to perform in Nashville.  We suspect that might be why the line was still wrapped around the building after we finished (around 4:30ish).

public display of affection in front of Hattie B's in Nashville

The Hattie B’s location at the corner of Broadway and 19th Street was the first Hattie B’s location.  You can now get Hattie B’s famous Nashville Hot Chicken in Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville West, Nashville Melrose, and Las Vegas.

Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville by Gigi's Cupcakes

Hattie B’s has been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and on USA Today.  If you can’t make it to a Hattie B’s location, you can try making it at home thanks to this recipe from the Food Network.

What do you like to eat at Hattie B’s?

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Teronya

Monday 8th of October 2018

LOVE me some Hattie B's while in Nashville! HOT chicken is my choice!