Prince Hot Chicken Shack

(615) 226-9442

123 Ewing Dr, Nashville, TN | Directions   37207

36.230025 -86.761017

Open Hours

Tuesday To Thursday From 12:00 PM To 12:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 04:00 AM

 
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More Tags: Local Favorite, Lunch Spot

Cuisine: Meat-And-Three, Southern, Chicken

Payment Methods: Cash

Neighborhoods: Talbot's Corner

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Menu
Breast, Leg, Extra Bread, Extra Pickle, Half Chicken, Whole Chicken, Bake Beans, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Slice Of Pie... more

Reviews for Prince Hot Chicken Shack

Recommends

The chicken at Prince's isn't just hot; it's diabolically hot. But it's also diabolically good, and it would be worth going to anyway just by dint of its supremely old-school authenticity and its status as a true Southern landmark.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

To the poster: White Stallion – This message is for "White Stallion" I was sitting here reading what you posted regarding this place (Prince's Chicken) and I could not help but to notice all of the RACIALLY stated things that you posted. NOt only did you stereotype the restaurant based on the "black" people working there and waiting for food. But, You stereotyped the entire area without knowing WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.....if you are THAT WEAK of a man and your wife had to put 9-1-1 on speed dial or whatever....then you did Andre and ALL OF a favor by NOT stopping....she doesn't need your small change that you would have spent had you only taking an opportunity and gave the people a chance. All you did was ASSumed that because it is located in an African American neighborhood and is OWNED by African Americans, that they ALL are simply GANGSTERS.....Grow up and get into the 21st century, because NOONE else that visits there (regardless of their race) thinks the way that you do!!! SMH!!! STOOPID mindset of SOME people!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

chicken and racism not a good match – Are you kidding the neighborhood that the restaurant is located near is one of the oldest community of some of the most successful African American and Whites (still)living together in Nashville. On one street is a retired surgeon, teacher, policeman, lawyer. Racism stay out of the area. that's the one thing that don't have. Now, for the chicken, on any given day you could see the former mayor, sheriff, you name it. Why not help the lady repair and build a new place. As for the chicken, you will find no better. I have gotten sick at one of Nashville's most upscaled restaurants

before. However, I have been eating at Princess for twenty years and have never gotten sick. Most young white hippies come in today. If you don't like it STAY OUT! Go to five points one of the poorest areas in East Historic wreck of Nashville, with some of the most Want-to-be young people who can't afford to live in Brentwood.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

What a complete let-down – Having heard how fantastic the chicken was here, I was so excited to check it out! When we got there, (though it was pretty dirty) the place was packed...good sign, right? Not so much. After we placed our order for THREE pieces of chicken, we found out (after waiting for about 45 minutes) that the reason there were people standing around holding up the walls is that they were backed up, and "trying to get the smaller orders out". But they were still taking more orders at the counter!! After waiting around for over two hours (we weren't the only ones!), we asked them what was going on. Turns out they lost some tickets....WHAT?! And you didn't say anything? Then when we finally got our THREE pieces of chicken, two plus hours later, there was no "hey, we apologize, please come back and see us" or "hey, here's a coupon for $2 off next time" or even a simple honest apology. Just a grudging "here" as it was shoved at us.

My problem with this situation isn't that they got backed up...hey, it happens to the best restaurants. Or even that the place was dirty...you fry that much chicken per night and you're bound to have grease on the walls. My problem is the complete lack of customer service. All it would have taken for me to come back and try again some time would have been the owner (who was taking the orders) looking me in the eyes and telling me she apologized. Maybe threw in an extra peice of chicken.

They need to get it together here. If they can't handle the volume of customers they're taking in, then they should move to a bigger facility, hire more folks, get an extra fryer, something. Or just STOP TAKING ORDERS when you're in the weeds! Know your limits.

In short, I do not recommend this place at all. The in-store experience was awful, and the chicken, though hot, was nothing special. If you want great chicken take a day trip to Memphis and check out Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Now those folks know how to do it right.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Waited Over 2 Hours, They Lost My Ticket, & Place Is Nasty – I thought me and my wife would take our friend out to a new place and impress her with some hot chicken. Great Hot Chicken but wasn't worth two and half hours wait time. When i asked how much longer, the lady that took my order told me, "what number?" I told her and she started asking where blah blah's number. Guess what! They lost my ticket, We've been waiting for over two hours now. In less than 10 minutes i received my order but was not correct. They left out my fries. When i asked for them, the lady told me they were all of a sudden out of fries. I complained and she quickly gave me what i'm sure were fries that belong to someone else. They just didn't have it together that night. Will I go back, No! And my friend will probably not go back. This place takes nothing but cash. I don't know what they're doing with all that cash but they need to clean that place up. Roach poop all over the walls, just nasty. Don't even see how they stay open. Do your job Health Department of Metro Davidson County, fine these people and close it down and don't let them open back up until they clean up. Enough said! Done! Pow!1

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great! – Prince's chicken is off the charts......It does not matter the area it's located in. BY THE WAY WHOEVER WROTE IT WAS IN A POOR BLACK COMMUNITY DIDN'T GET ROBBED OR ANYTHING SO WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE FOOD?

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Prince Hot Chicken Shack Great – My wife and I had read about Prince Hot Chicken, and indeed had tried to emulate the fried chicken at home. Not too bad. Recipe in Cooks Country July 2010 and Cuisine at Home June 2010.

So when I had the opportunity to be in Nashville on business, we stopped in for lunch.

They only open at 12:00 noon, and calling is not very helpful as they do not answer.

One reviewer mentioned they had a health department rating of 60. I doubt that, but when we visited it was 85, which for a small restaurant in 60's strip mall is not too bad. The floors are mopped, as when we got there at 11:00 a guy was mopping.

The chicken is fabulous. I like Thai and Southern India and Bangladeshi food. I ordered medium hot and mild. I think I could manage hot, but I imagine for most mortals in the US mild is about right. Next time I shall get hot and see how it is.

The chicken is extremely moist and the hot penetrates the interior of the meat and is at its hottest in the surface coating.

Plan on spending about 20 minutes waiting for your chicken. It is just cooked when you get it, none of this cooked ahead stuff.

The cost is 4.99 for a leg quarter and 5.99 for a breast quarter. I would recommend this size as it fries better than half or whole chicken.

I would recommend, particularly if you are middle class white or middle class black, that you eat in your car or at home or wherever. The restaurant does primarily a take out business and the decor and ambiance inside is not spectacular.

If you enjoy spicy fried chicken this may well be the best place in the world. When Popeye's was still primarily in Louisiana, in the early 70's, its spicy chicken was almost as good as Prince's mild. The medium from Prince's is better than Popeye's spicy ever was.

Go and try it.

Get mild or medium unless you are into Scoffield >100,000

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The key word here IS "shack" – Guys when you plan to eat here just keep in mind that the name of the place is Prince's Hot Chicken...SHACK!!! It's not a nice sit down restaurant; you're not going to get the best piece of chicken in the world; but what you will get is a genuine piece of culture. I have been going to Princes for over 20 years.The chicken is still fried in cast iron skillets (like your granny used to have) so that accounts for the long wait. The cakes are made by a lady at the church. And the people you encounter there at 2am are unforgettable...I say if you get a chance to try it, you should...not for the cleanliness or the amount of grease that soaks through the bag but for the experience.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Yummy!!! – When they say hot, they mean HOT!!!!! Prince's has found a way to make hot chicken VERY hot, while maintaining good flavor. Previous reviews have mentioned how bad the neiborhood was, which is ridiculous!!!! If being a minority for a second when you're used to not being the minority bothers you, then stay away. But you'd be making a mistake...the chicken is GREAT!!!!! I'm a lover of spicy foods, but I am more of a lover of tasty food, so I decided to get the 'medium'. I was more than pleased with the level of heat. Anything hotter would've been overkill for me. I just visited Prince's on Friday and have been craving it ever since!!!! Unfortunately, for me, I live in Atlanta. Sadness.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible chicken!!! – I live in the neighborhood and it's not THAT bad. There are much worse places in Nashville. However, I've been to Prince's 3 or 4 times and I'm not that impressed. I wish it was good because I live 5 minutes away.

Is the chicken decent? Sure. Is it INCREDIBLE! Absolutely not!!!

I got a somewhat juicy piece of chicken one time, but it's been dry all the other times. It's spicy, but the recipe isn't that great. And the health score is scary.

I think Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwich is probably better quality than Prince's. I'm not impressed.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

way overrated!!! – ok, so nashville is the hot chicken capital of the world according to several internet sites. my boyfriend and i kept reading conflicting reviews about these various hot chicken joints in nashville. so we decided to try them ourselves.

being from new orleans (pre-katrina) we LOVE hot food. so we tried bolton's, prince's and 400 degrees (the top 3 chicken places in tn according to most people you ask). prince's was about a 60 on a scale from 1 to 100. bolton's was about a 65. 400 degrees is a 98!!! oh my gosh! this place has the best recipe for hot fried chicken i've ever tasted. and they're nice too.

prince's had great fries, but the chicken is awful (terribly dry unlike 400 degrees). obviously there are 2 types of people giving this place good reviews on this site. people who own prince's and people who have never tasted the unbelievable flavor of 400 degrees hot chicken!!!

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