Nashville Hot Chicken in Brooklyn?

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Nashville-style hot chicken at Peaches Hot House in Brooklyn.
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  • "Nashville-style hot chicken" at Peaches HotHouse in Brooklyn.
Yesterday, Tracy Moore told us about a New York magazine web piece that featured Nashville as a weekend getaway. She noted that for once, New Yorkers wrote about Nashville in a way that wasn't totally patronizing or clueless.

Along the same juicy vein, the Village Voice reveals that "Nashville-style hot chicken" is the specialty at a restaurant in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood in Brooklyn. While the Voice mostly has good things to say about Peaches HotHouse, writer Sarah DiGregorio surmises regretfully that Peaches' chicken can't be as good as the authentic product from Nashville — because nobody at the table wound up with tears streaming down their face, as seen in a Southern Foodways Alliance documentary on Prince's.

OK, I'm not one of those reflexive regionalists who would shout, "In your face, New York!" (Although patrons of Prince's seen in the film speculate that hot chicken to the face would be the ultimate weapon.)

And yet, knowing that New Yorkers will concede in a New York minute that Nashville beats them in a hot minute — at something the Yankees only know about from a food documentary? That somehow gives me a warm feeling.

Addendum: Here is Peaches' response to the accusation of failing to crank up the heat, as posted in the comments of the Voice blog:

"Here's the deal: After our first week, due to a few delicate constitutions, some expletives and the overall litigious nature of New Yorkers, we did turn down the heat a bit. Now we only bring the fire if someone asks. However, you may be required to sign a waiver. ... Just remember: hot in, hot out."

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