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
5.0
over a year ago

Best chicken ever – I have been going there for 17 years.I live in bowling green ky.I will continue to go there for many more years.If you try it once you will be addicted.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

BEST CHICKEN IN THE WORLD – I can't believe some of the ignorant reviews on here..First of all I live 5 minutes from Prince's and I can honestly say no one has ever been hurt there..You must remember it is located next to 2 hair salons and several other business..No the place isn't an up scale resturant..It is a little hole in the wall but it is safe..No one bother YOU..I have known Andre the owner almost my entire life and she is an older lady and does the best she can..And she does a mighty good job making sure that our food is always fresh and made to order..It is the best chicken...Barbara Mandrell tried to have the same type of chicken shack and couldn't survive...

At the end of the DAY..No one is making anyone eat at Prince's...It's your loss..Something has to be right because the place is always crowded..If it was that bad people wouldn't keep coming back...STOP YOUR WHINING..What fool with good sense ride with their husband and already dial 911..STUPID FOOL

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Some like it hot, then some like it Prince's... – My first experience with Prince's Hot Chicken was at a party - someone had purchased a large bucket of mild chicken wings and a large bucket of medium. I had 4 pieces of medium because I enjoy the spicier things in life. Needless to say, at the end of the 4th piece I was reaching for the nearest tissue. It was the most delicious fried chicken I had experienced - the spice is cooked into the skin - no sauce dependency here! Fast forward a year or so later: I now live on the East Side of the city and no wing place (-Zone, -Basket, -It, my own half-baked home made attempts) has matched Prince's goodness. I ventured out down Dickerson and Ewing on a Friday night at 7PM to find the place hoppin' as hoppin' can be. I might as well have parked in front of a dance club on Broadway! My friend and I walked into this crowded room for the very first time, and lo and behold, I was greeted by former co-workers of mine, waiting on their own meals!!! "What kind are you getting," one of them asked. "Hot," I replied. "Oooo! You're asking for it!" "What? I like it hot!" "Good luck, then!" About 50 minutes or so later (again, dinner time, Friday night...the busy aspect is to be expected then), we had our meals, and my, were they tasty! My friend started off with a leg portion of "medium" and couldn't even finish the meal. The heat and the portion filled her up quick. I partook in a breast portion of "hot" and whatever else was left of my friend's leg portion. "Hot" didn't defeat me, rather it felt like when I began eating a 2nd piece of "medium" over a year before, though the "medium" had my friend looking for extra tissues (I'm obviously not the best person to ask if something is spicy or not)! Sadly, it's Monday and I want hot chicken now. Looks like I'll have to wait until tomorrow to try my tongue at "X-tra Hot". Bring it (and by "It", I mean the food, the fun, the friends, the experience and, of course, the heat)!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

IF YOU EAT HERE, YOU ARE CRAZY – After hearing so much about Prince's I had to try it. I went to the restaurant one day about 2-ish. There was NO where to sit and the people who were there looked like they had been there for hours. I looked around and saw people lined up behind a wall with a cut out hole in it with a sheet over it. I went and got in line behind this little half wall and just looked around and waited like everyone else. As I looked around I noticed just how dirty the place was. The floors looked like they hadnt been cleaned in years, the tables were dirty, the walls...it was horrible!

Then I did the unthinkable....I looked at the health score....it was in the LOW 60s. Me and my friend ran out of there as fast as we could and have not looked back since. Whenever I hear anyone say they wanna go there I try and warn them, your health is more important! They should be shut down!!!!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

My Stomach Smiles – Prince's Chicken is definatly at Nashville local spot. If you are from out of town, if you're expecting the Grand Ole Opry or a KFC, then you need to keep it pushin'! This is indeed the South, so expect a Southern Style. Prince's is obviously not newly renovated or corporately ran. But the food is awesome. Yes, it is in a predominately black neighborhood, and so what! Maybe that's why the food is so good. If you are not black, ain't nobody going to bother you. The only color Prince's see is green! Yes, you will have a long wait, just expect it. Don't expect always service with a smile. But expect good food and to maybe be entertained by the characters that patronizes Prince's. It is a hole in the wall, but that is what give Prince's it authenticity. Locals love it. If your visiting "the Ville", do as the locals do, or just go home.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Is it possible to dream about chicken? – Is it possible to dream about chicken after you leave a city? I think so. Ever since moving fromn Nashville a year ago, I've craved Prince's. At a bar in NYC, I tried to convince a native Nashvillian to arrange an interstate chicken run. When I first moved to Chicago, I arrived with three orders of Prince's that survived the trip in the moving van. One was eaten on the way and the other two were safely lodged in my fridge for later consumption. If there is a more perfect food than a quarter dark with fries and lemonade, I don't know what it is. I spent a year training up to the extra hot and was beaming with pride when I received the brown bag with the big red X on it. I recently got engaged and have begun to entertain the idea of a Prince's station during the cocktail hour of the wedding. Do not leave Nashville without trying this chicken!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Good chicken, filthy restaurant – I had a chance to try this place out while I was visiting Nashville at the end of July. The chicken was great but the place was filthy. I don't know when the picture in this review was taken, but my guess is that it was over 10 years ago. When I was there, the floors were dirty, those wodden-bench booths were only vaguely white, the walls had lots of unpainted spackle, and to top it all off, there was no air conditioning (it was 90 degrees outside and at *least* that warm inside).

The icing on the cake though was the health inspector's rating posted on the wall. The health inspector writes the score in big numbers on the document that is required to be posted in plain view in the restaurant. Prince's got an 89... until you get closer and really look at it... They had posted the health inspection UPSIDE DOWN! It was really a 68!

I'll try anything once and like I said, I liked the chicken, but I won't be going back there the next time I'm in Nashville. There are plenty of excellent places to eat that at least *try* to make their places look clean.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

delicious chicken – Don't let these yuppies scare you. I have never ONCE been afraid wile at Prince's. I have gone at midnight before and felt perfectly safe. It's not "white out" that late but it is safe. The employees have been nothing but nice to me. I felt very welcome there. I think it has more to do with people's insecurities about being a minority in a situation than it has to do with it being unsafe. That being said...

The chicken is unmatchable. It was my first hot chicken shack and always my favorite. 400 Degrees is good but Prince's is the original. I often dream about the delicious, fried, spicy chicken with that pickle slapped on top and the soppy, greasy bread underneath. If you like spicy, TRY IT! I miss it the most of all food in TN now since I live up north.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Oh my goodness! NO NO NO!!!!! – While driving upon the area in my Navigator, I was scared silly. My wife had 9-1-1 dialed on her cell phone with her thumb hovering above the send button.This place is a hang-out for criminals. It's full of ganngsters. The employees are probably into ganngs as well. Needless to say we just grove on and had our "common" fix at a Kentucky Fried Chicken, which was very good. I urge you to be very careful. This place is dangerous in a black part of town. Reminded me of something from Cops or America's Most Wanted. Go elsewhere, your life is more important than some silly ethnic food that will probably just make you ill anyway.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Hot Chicken – Read all the reviews here before coming to Nashville and was intrigued. We went on a Saturday night

and ordered the whole chicken with sides to go. Wait was 45 min to 1 hour, service at the tiny window

was rude and abrupt. Place not to clean, but the whole experience was a hoot and the food was

wonderful. We were unable to talk after taking our first bite, (medium) and son in law was sweating buckets.

I would highly reccomend the food and the experience of being treated rudely, if you expect it going

in no problem.

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