Nashville Reviews: Hurt’s Hot Chicken

"Big Natural" Stoney Keeley heads down Mount Juliet Road for some Hurt's Hot Chicken on the latest edition of Nashville Reviews.

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Even though I’ve only reviewed seven Nashville hot chicken dishes here on SoBros Network, I’ve tried many more. I’m working to get ’em all into the rotation, but that’s going to be a long process folks. I’m just saying that to explain my next statement. Hurt’s Hot Chicken is undoubtedly my favorite Nashville hot chicken in the game right now. Feels kinda weird to say that before the review, right? But, when you know, you know, folks.

If you see that trailer parked anywhere around the Mount Juliet area, you need to do yourself a favor, stop, and order something from the fun Hurt’s menu.

In addition to the Nashville hot chicken and my personal favorite, the tenders (as the kids are saying these days, ‘tendies’), Hurt’s offers up hot chicken cheese fries (though I wouldn’t recommend getting them at the Wilson County Fair when it’s a million degrees outside – I regretted that move after looking like I had just taken a shower I was so soaking wet with sweat), Nashville hot shrimp, sandwiches, etc..

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HOT TENDIES, LET’S FUCKIN’ GOOOOOOO

Ratings

Flavor: 9/10 – I like a good, rich and savory flavor on my hot chicken….borderline ‘smoky.’ Hurt’s Hot Chicken is just that. It’s a tremendous blend of spices that isn’t overshadowed by the heat.

Texture: 8/10 – I’ve yet to have a poor quality cut of chicken from Hurt’s. It’s always thick, juicy, pretty well cooked to perfection. They’ve never been tough. They’ve never been skimpy. This man’s using some high quality chicken.

Heat: 9/10 – The heat is about as perfect as you can get it. It’s hot – and I’ve had it before when I needed to drink a quart of milk and lie down for an hour afterwards. But, it’s rare to get it that hot without compromising the flavor. That’s what Hurt’s does so well. It ain’t the blind heat some other places in town serve up.

Fixins: 8.1/10 – Full disclosure: I have absolutely NO IDEA what that sauce that that man cooks up is. But, I dip my fries in it. I dip my chicken in it. If there’s any left over, I will eat that shit with a spoon. It is that damn good. Crinkle cut french fries, crispy and golden, are a plus in my book, too. This makes for the best chicken tendie meal in town.

Overall: 8.53/10 – That’s how the math adds up, and I figure that’s about right. This instantly becomes our highest rated Nashville hot chicken, and deservedly so. Check out the Hurt’s Hot Chicken Facebook page to see where he’s parked that day – typically, you’ll find him set up on South Mount Juliet Road. I promise you – no matter where you are in town, it’s worth the drive.

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CURRENT NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN POWER RANKINGS

  1. Hurt’s Hot Chicken (8.53/10)
  2. Scoreboard (6.62/10)
  3. Riverfront Tavern (6.25/10)
  4. Helen’s Hot Chicken (5.75/10)
  5. Firecracker Hot Chicken (5.5/10)

Important qualifier: I’ve literally only reviewed seven places around town. Don’t @ me with the “where’s Hattie B’s? Where’s Bolton’s? Where’s Prince’s?” I KNOW – we’re working on getting out to the heavyweights in the Nashville hot chicken scene this year. This portfolio has to start somewhere, and right now, it’s starting east of town because that’s the easiest for me to get to. *shrugs*

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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