The Nashville Guide
Back when she was filming Country Strong, GP spent a few months living and working in Nashville—and, as she’s apt to do, she asked her way around the city, eating, drinking, shopping, and meat-plus-three-ing in all of her spare hours. It was the start of an ardent love affair that’s inspired continued visits as the city’s food scene continues to explode and old neighborhoods have been revived. Karen Elson, Reese Witherspoon, Holly Williams, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, et al. provided invaluable recommendations at the time, and continue to keep us up-to-date on everything that’s great.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken5209 Charlotte Pike, Sylvan Park | 615.712.7137
Hot chicken is a must in Nashville, and even though they have two locations, Hattie B's always has a line out the door and around the corner. If you're patient, it's totally worth the wait both for the classic Southern chicken and the Tennessee special, hot chicken, which comes in several heat levels: mild, medium, hot, damn-hot, and shut-the-cluck-up. There's a second location in Midtown.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack123 Ewing Dr., Cobblestone Corners | 615.226.9442
This requires a long wait, and a long drive, but the fried chicken is worth it. It comes in four levels of hotness—mild to extra-hot—and they don't mess around. One of our team suffered the consequences for the entire evening after. The shack, and yes, it’s a shack, is open late but be prepared to wait up to forty-five minutes for an order since it's all made fresh and comes straight from the teeny kitchen in the back. You can also call and place your order in advance.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen605 8th Ave. S., The Gulch | 615.256.4455
Arnold's is only open on weekdays but we heard so much about the fried chicken and Meat & Three options there that we paid a visit—it was well worth it for an all-around authentic experience.