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

go for the chicken and nuthin' else, 'cept for maybe the grease soaked white bread – if you like hot food get it hot, if you don't, you might not be able to tolerate the mild. it ain't about the service, it ain't about the atmosphere, it's about the chicken. if you're concerned about cleanliness, i recall my first night working at a major chain restaurant(and last too), learning about the 3 second rule.(if you don't know it, ask someone). but alas, it ain't about that, remember the 'hot' chicken. also, if you like carbonated beverages,,,,,,then get one. i like eating the hot chicken and chasin' it down with a coke from the coke machine,. sure it's hot, but hey, remember, it's got 'hot', in the name.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

If you know what you're getting yourself into - this place is definitely worth it – Like I said, if you know what you're getting yourself into, you'll love this place. The service is very very slow. It will take you at the very least 45 minutes from when you order your food until you receive it. There is no AC and it gets hot in the summer. We asked for fries and were told they were out. 30 minutes later, while waiting for our food, they walked an order of fries out to a table. Parking is limited and the neighborhood is not very nice.

WITH THAT SAID . . . . I will definitely be going back. If friends come to visit from out of town, I will take them there. The chicken is very good. Most of the flavor is due to a rub on the skin rather than a lot of sauce or soaking. I got the mild which had a kick but I think the next time I go I'll be moving up to Medium. Everybody in the world says you're crazy to try any hotter at this place.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Food is great, but... – I am giving Prince's 3 stars based on the food alone and not more because of everthing else. I got the mild hot chicken and it was perfect for me. I like spicy food but not too spicy to the point of being in pain! It was delicious and I can see how it would be addictive. My friend got the extra hot and literally had tears running down his cheeks and said his face went numb. Besides the food however, I give this place 1/2 star. The location is seedy and I didn't feel entirely safe being there, there isn't enough seating to wait or eat, and it was filthy. I was glad everything is deep fried as it probably cooks any germs or bacteria lingering around!

Some of the best french fries I've ever had in my life and get a cup of pickles to go with it too.

Big con -- at a hot chicken restaurant, they don't sell drinks!! You have to buy from the one vending machine there and they only have carbonated drinks and water to choose from. Get the water! Carbonation and hot chicken don't mix.

I see this as a place I will maybe go to once a year, if that the food is good but just not worth the other problems.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

RO@CH IN MY FOOD!!!!! – PLEASE BEWARE IF YOU PLAN TO EAT AT PRINCES THERE WAS A RO@CH IN MY FOOD MIXED IN WITH THE PICKLES. AND TOO MAKE MATTERS WORSE WHEN I CALLED THE NEXT DAY TO INFROM THE MANAGER OF THE PROBLEM SHE LAUGHED AT ME AND SAID " I HAVEN'T SEEN A RO@CH IN HERE IN A LONG TIME!" "I KNOW WE DONT HAVE RO@CHES CAUSE THE MAN COMES AND SPRAYS EVERY WEEK." HOW STUPID DOES THIS SOUND, THEY BASICALLY DID NOT TAKE THE SITUATION SERIOUS AND TRIED TO BRUSH IT OFF. i NEVER ASKED FOR MONEY BACK OR FREE FOOD BUT THE MANAGER INSTANTLY SAID IF IT IS FREE FOOD YOU WANT YOU CAN'T GET IT UNTIL I SEE THE RO@CH. FIRST OF ALL WHY WOULD I EVEN WANT TO EAT THERE AGAIN AND AS SOON AS I SAW THE RO@CH I THREW EVERYTHING IN THE TRASH. SO THE MANAGER WAS VERY RUDE AND SHE WAS LAUGHING AT ME NOT APOLOGETIC AT ALL. THIS IS SO SAD BECAUSE AT ONE POINT I REALLY ENJOYED THE FOOD. BUT NOW I WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR RO@CH PROBLEM!!!!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Hottest thing ever! – If anyone knows anything about the pledge process to join a fraternity, it can only be described as a painfull hell that no one would ever want to experience more than once. Amazingly, that is the same thing as Prince's Extra Hot chicken, the very same chicken that they made the pledges eat! To sum it up, Prince's Extra Hot sent me on a legitimate trip similar to a psychedelic substance. My face was numb, my lips were huge, and I could not feel my hands. My eyes were open but I was seeing insane colors. The taste of the chicken happened to be great until the heat of 1,000 suns set in. Think you can handle spice? Go for it. But be warned, do not attempt to show off or be a hero. This chicken is the real deal.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Legendary – Don't be thwarted by the bad reviews, this place is classic! Many nights spent sweating off the beers laughing at my friends who think they can handle the hottest chicken. As far as salt and grease, yes there is a lot, that's what southern fried chicken is, it tastes GREAT! If your looking for healty food, quick fast-food service, or the same old same old do not go to Prince's, this place is for locals who enjoy the mom and pop atmosphere. I moved away from Nashville 10 years ago and make it a point to go to Prince's every time I am in town.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

One-of-a-kind! – Please don't compare Prince's to Popeye's - there is nothing similar other than the fact that they both serve chicken. Prince?s hot chicken is really, REALLY hot. It?s hot enough to send you home crying if you order the ?hot? instead of ?medium?.

For the record, the service is horrible ? but everybody knows that! If you go to Prince?s, you go for HOT chicken and BAD service, and if you get those two things, you?ve had a good trip to Prince?s.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

No taste. Threw my order in the trash. – I'm not going to waste time trying to convince the reader I like spicy food. You can either believe me when I tell you I like *very* spicy food, or not. I am not from Nashville, and I made a point of stopping by for lunch, based on many recommendations. The other writers are absolutely correct about the chicken *meat* having *NO* flavor. I *love* biting into some *seriously* hot food (indo/pakistani, thai, mexican, cajun/creole,) and having that intense heat backed up with some *flavor*. Yes, I figure it's pan-fried chicken, but that's no excuse for the chicken meat being so dry, and dull-tasting. Put the lid on the skillet while the chicken's cooking, and soak the chicken in saltwater for 24 hours. Also, I think the other reviewers got all the salt in their chicken. My order had no salt at all. Stroud's in KC is better than this, and so is Babe's in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

For all yall that don't know, THIS is what hot chicken is supposed to taste like! – I grew up in Nashville and ever since I became an adult I've always partied all night or worked overnights. Let me tell you, if you like hot chicken and don't mind the wait, this place is the BEST I've ever had! My coworkers always called in our orders on Friday and Saturday nights, because they were the busiest -- they're also one of the few places in Nashville open after the clubs close -- be warned, the extra hot will sober up any drunk and wake up any sleepyhead!! For all the bougie folks from Brentwood that want to knock the place, you can have your commercialized Popeye's, but give me Prince's

I've moved to Atlanta and Memphis within the past year, and I have to tell you, I miss Prince's more than anything! When I come back home, I will not mind waiting in Atlanta-like traffic for a medium sandwich, and I plan on taking several sandwiches back to Memphis with me! Never had a problem with the service, and hey -- if it's good enough for the Mayor and the Governor both (who are regular patrons, by the way), then it's good for me!

Maybe you ought to open up a branch in Memphis, just like the Neely brothers have done with their Memphis barbecue in Nashville?

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Hot or NOT – I went once and will not return. I enjoy spicy food and tried the medium spicy chicken. It was so salty (the heat itself was tolerable) as to be inedible. Moreover, the service was not friendly, it was hard to find a table, and I would not go there after dark. My friends, who are Asian and Indian, complained that people were staring at them.

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