If you lived in or within a 100 miles radius of Nashville in the past couple years, you know that hot chicken is becoming the trademark of Music City cuisine. The local favorite has become a go to for tourists and natives a like. East Nashville has even formed the East Nashville Hot Chicken coalition, boasting the catch phrase, “to protect and to burn” this is more than just a fan club. The coalition hosts the Hot Chicken festival every Fourth of July teaming up with Yazoo brewery to celebrate America’s birthday. With lines looping around East Park, its evident that hot chicken has moved from a fad food to a staple in the Nashville community.

By now you’ve heard of some of the more famous places, Prince’s, Hattie B’s, even newbies like Pepper fire have managed to make a distinct name for themselves in the scene. Many restaurants have taken their own approach to the dish. One of those is revered barbeque safe haven Edleys. With two locations in 12th South and East Nashville, it offers its backyard barbeque in a trendy setting. Each location boasts its own defining characteristics; with each having their own set of Yazoo brews and drink specials. Get your own in a mason jar glass and sit down and enjoy the barbeque masterpiece in front of you.

Besides its normal mouth watering menu items, it offers specials on weekdays. If you catch it at the right time, (Mondays at 12th south and Tuesdays at East Nashville) you can get a rare delicacy known as Edleys Hot Chicken. Buckle your seatbelts, because you are about to embark on a flavor adventure. Coming in a platter form you are served the special with two sides, and get a drink because trust me you will need it. I went with skillet corn and mac and cheese. A large serving of jalapeno cornbread balances out the rustic style plating. I opted for a Yazoo blonde brew as my drink of choice. Unique to other hot chicken hot spots, Edley’s mixes its spice blend with sweet brown sugar, giving your mouth a one-two punch of spicy and sweet. Adding the backyard barbecue style sides and one of a kind cornbread truly makes this dish last meal worthy. Nothing gets the hot chicken spice out of your mouth better than a Nashville’s own Yazoo beer, to finish off the plate.

Photographic evidence is needed to show you the gloriousness that is a hot chicken special from Edley’s. Word of advice to Edley’s owners: Make your hot chicken happen every day. I know the concept of making it a special, does in fact make it special, but this greater Nashville resident needs a more regular does of this fantastic creation. It’s definitely worth a try, next time you’re in the area on a Monday or Tuesday. And hey, can’t make it then? Their regular menu items are equally worth it. It’s always a win; win when you walk through those doors.

Checkout the Edley’s website here, and more information about the coalition here. Happy eating!

 

4/22/2015- UPDATE: On a rect trip to  Edley’s, I have discovered that they  have in fact updated their menu to include hot chicken! Our hot chicken prayers have been answered! You can now get the dish 7 days a week at both locations.