Some Like it Hot: In Praise of Hot Chicken in This Week's Scene

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This week's cover package in the Scene is a salute to Nashville's city bird: hot chicken, the local delicacy that's becoming an overnight sensation after, oh, about 60 years. We compiled what is surely an incomplete list of local establishments that serve hot chicken, from the holy trinity of Prince's, 400 Degrees and Bolton's to lesser-known purveyors such as The Pie Wagon and Corner Pub. If anyone knows of others, please add them in the comments thread.

A possible topic of controversy: our ranking of which sides cool the chicken's jets most effectively. We were most pleased with the marinated cucumber and onions from The Pie Wagon, a tip from the resourceful Nicki P. Wood. Not only were they a pleasure in and of themselves — crunchy and cooling, with an appealing vinegary sweetness — but they felt as welcome as a breath mint to our scalded tongues. The least effective: french fries, especially when doused in the same seasoning you're trying to escape.

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