The Greasy Foodie

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Greasy Foodie" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at greasyfoodie@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PRINCE'S HOT CHICKEN









NASHVILLE

FROM MAN VS. FOOD, FRIED CHICKEN PARADISE, AND #3 ON 101 MORE INCREDIBLE PLACES TO CHOWDOWN


123 Ewing Dr No. 2, Nashville, TN 37207

""Hot Chicken" (secret seasoned extra hot & spicy fried chicken served with crinkle-cut fries, zesty pickle slices and white bread)"



MANY CITIES ARE KNOWN FOR THE FOOD THE CITY IS BEST AT PRODUCING...NEW YORK FOR HOT DOGS, PIZZA, AND BAGELS.....CHICAGO FOR HOT DOGS, PIZZA, ITALIAN BEEF, AND POPCORN....CINCINNATI FOR CHILLI......NEW ORLEANS FOR CAJUN....MEMPHIS, ST. LOUIS, AND KC FOR BBQ....AND AS OF RECENTLY....NASHVILLE HAS NO FOOD CLAIM FOR FAME...THAT IS UNTIL HOT CHICKEN AND HOT FISH CAME TO THE MAINSTREAM OF CULINARY DELIGHT..AND THE DISHES HAVE PUT NASHVEGAS ON THE MAP....

Hot chicken or Nashville hot chicken is a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips. It is both the application of a spicy paste and the presentation that differentiates it from similar dishes, such as Buffalo wings.

AND THIS PLACE IS THE FIRST, THE BEST, AND THE ORIGINAL.....

THE STORY AROUND HOT CHICKEN AND HOT FISH WAS THAT MR. PRINCE WAS CHEATING ON HIS WIFE...AND HIS MISTRESS FOUND OUT HE WAS MARRIED....SO WHEN HE CAME OVER ONE NIGHT SHE ASKED WHAT HE WANTED FOR DINNER...HE REPLIED FRIED CHICKEN...AND TO GET REVENGE ON HIM LYING AND BEING MARRIED....SHE PUT AS MUCH HOT PEPPER INTO THE FLOUR USED TO FRY THE CHICKEN AS SHE HAD AVAILABLE...AND HE FELL SO IN LOVE WITH IT...THAT HE BEGAN TO SELL IT....AND THEN HOT FISH FOLLOWED...MANY CLAIM THEY HAVE THE BEST...BUT PRINCES IS THE FIRST AND THE BEST

IT IS HOT.....FOR SO MANY REASONS...THE SPICES YES...BUT WHEN YOU ORDER THE CHICKEN THEY FRY IT AND SERVE IT FRESH AND SO IT IS SPICY AND HOT BECAUSE OF THE HOT OIL AND GREASE AND INSANE SPICE MIX.....

Although the components of the dish largely remain the same, the preparation of the dish can differ greatly. A pressure fryer or deep fryer can be used, although most restaurants serve a pan-fried product. Nearly all hot chicken is marinated in buttermilk to impart flavor and to retain the meat's juices upon frying. Some preparations of hot chicken are breaded and fried after application of the spice paste; the more traditional method has the paste applied immediately after the chicken is removed from the fryer.

A typical Nashville-style hot chicken spice paste has two key ingredients: lard and cayenne pepper. The two are mixed together, three parts pepper to one part lard, and heated until they form a thick sauce. Some restaurants vary the composition of the paste, adding sugar, garlic, or additional hot sauce. The paste is applied to the fried chicken by the server using a spoon and latex gloves; it is lightly squeezed into the finished chicken by hand. The heat level of the chicken can be varied by the preparer by reducing or increasing the amount of paste applied.

THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DISH IS THE WHITE BREAD THEY PUT THE CHICKEN AND PICKLES ON...AS IT SOAKS UP THE OIL AND SPICE...

IT ALSO DOESNT HELP THAT THE RESTAURANT DOESNT HAVE A/C, SO GOING IN JULY ISNT RECOMMENDED.  ALSO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO ORDER OR PREPARED TO BE HECKLED!

A NEW NASHVILLE INSTITUTION THAT CANNOT BE MISSED!!

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