Nashville is famous for being the home of country music, but it's developing quite a reputation as a culinary hot spot. This has helped raise the profile of one of Nashville's signature dishes: hot chicken.
The origins of hot chicken can be traced to Prince's Hot Chicken Shack. Thornton Prince was rumored to be quite the ladies man. After a particularly late night out, Prince's girlfriend cooked him a fried chicken breakfast with extra pepper as revenge. Prince liked it so much that he created his own recipe and opened the restaurant bearing his name in the 1930's.
Hot chicken is now featured prominently around Nashville. Besides Prince's, popular hot chicken restaurants include Hattie B's and Party Fowl. Last year, I welcomed a trademark lawyer from New Zealand to town and introduced him to hot chicken at Party Fowl.