Recently I travelled to Tennessee; Memphis, Cleveland, Chattanooga and of course Nashville. Nashville is known for many things such as country music and of course the world renowned Hot Chicken. Now I have tasted a Canadian version of a Hot Chicken dish and it was pretty good. But while in Nashville, I had to try the authentic thing!
I met up with my homegirl Sam, who has been living in Nashville this summer and has made Nashville her home away from home while her boyfriend lives out his dream of hitting it big with his band! (Fingers crossed for them)
She ever so graciously took me and my friend to some of Nashville’s hot spots- one being the restaurant we ate at called Party Fowl. ( Thanks again Sammy girl)
Now I like spice and I can handle it ( Jamaican to the bone:) ) but let me tell you , I have never had spice like this in my life.
Let me backtrack and tell you a little bit about the restaurant. Party Fowl is a restaurant that has three locations: Two in the Nashville area and one about an hour outside of Nashville. Party Fowl serves to bring together three of the things the Music City is known for; Hot chicken, ice cold drinks and amazing music. The downtown location I went to had a very country/ sports bar vibe. It’s a great spot to catch a drink with your girls or just kick back and watch the game.
Let’s talk about the menu. Now I thought that it would be just hot chicken and sides but they had so many variations of hot chicken from Hot chicken tacos to Hot chicken poutine! ( You know this Canadian girl was excited by that) But I thought for my first time that I would try the plain simple dish of Nashville Hot Chicken which came served on Texas toast and a side of coleslaw. I added an additional side of Mac and cheese because…. why not?
The Nashville to sauce comes in a few variations of heat levels. Here are the levels down below. Southern fried which is as mild as they can make it to Poultrygeist which is ( in my opinion) a severe punishment for your insides! (lol)
I played it safe and stuck to the middle of the road level of heat with the medium spice option. Now this “medium” was not for the faint of heart. After 3 bites, I felt the back of my neck become a little flushed and my nose begin to run! While it was extremely hot in spice, the heat did not take away from the incredible flavour, seasoning and tenderness of the chicken. It was well prepared and I throughly enjoyed my meal. The tanginess of the coleslaw and just the right amount of creaminess in the Mac and cheese were the perfect complimentary sides to this meal.
To wash it down, I went with one of Party Fowls signature frozen vodka infused lemonades. It was DIVINE and the perfect addition to cool me off while experiencing what I like to call a hot chicken hot flash!
If I’m ever back in the great state of Tennessee and happen to pass through the Nashville area, I’ll be sure to pop in and visit Party Fowl once again!
Till next time…