Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

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Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
Private
Industry Fast casual restaurant
Founded 1945; 73 years ago (1945) in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Founder James Thornton Prince
Number of locations
2
Area served
Middle Tennessee
Products Hot chicken
Fried chicken
Side dishes
Owner André Prince Jeffries
Website princeshotchicken.com

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack is a restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, known for its hot chicken. The business was started in 1945 by James Thornton Prince, and in 1980 ownership was passed to his great-niece André Prince Jeffries.[1][2]

Origins[edit]

While impossible to verify, the development of hot chicken is reportedly accidental. Prince was purportedly a womanizer, and after a particularly late night his girlfriend at the time cooked him a fried chicken breakfast with hot pepper as revenge. Prince, however, liked the taste so much that he and his brothers created their own recipe and opened the Bar-B-Que Chicken Shack.[3][4][5] The café was originally located at 28th Ave. and Jefferson St.,[2] but moved to its Ewing Dr. location in 1988.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

The Travel Channel show Food Paradise has named Prince's as Nashville's best place to get hot chicken (2013-02-06 episode).[7] They were also on the network's Bizarre Foods America (2014-04-07 episode) and Man v. Food Nation (2011-06-08 episode).[8] Gourmet magazine named it as one of Nashville's four "don't-miss dining experiences".[9] In 2013, they were named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation Awards.[3] The Daily Meal ranked it seventh in its 2017 list of America's 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramsey, David (2005). "Some Like It Extra Hot". In Hughes, Holly. Best Food Writing 2005. Da Capo Press. p. 217. ISBN 9781569243459. 
  2. ^ a b Edge, John T. (2007). Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover's Companion to the South. Algonquin Books. p. 265. ISBN 9781565125476. 
  3. ^ a b Reitano, Karlie; Kasperzak, Hannah (February 28, 2013). "James Beard Foundation Names 2013 America's Classics Award Honorees" (PDF) (Press release). James Beard Foundation. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cornish, Audie (June 1, 2008). "The Quest for Spicy Chicken". NPR.org. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "André Prince Jeffries - Prince's Hot Chicken". Southernfoodways.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ Hoekstra, David (September 10, 2006). "Prince's Hot Chicken". Chicago Sun-Times. Scratch Crib. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Prince's Hot Chicken Shack". Food Paradise. Travel Channel. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Prince's Hot Chicken Shack". TVFoodMaps.com. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Prince's Hot Chicken Shack". Nashville Scene. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The 75 Best Fried Chicken Places in America". The Daily Meal. September 19, 2017. #7 Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Nashville. 

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Coordinates: 36°13′48″N 86°45′39″W / 36.2299°N 86.7608°W / 36.2299; -86.7608 (Prince's Hot Chicken Shack)