Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music, Taylor Swift and a special kind of fried chicken.
The famous Nashville Hot Chicken got its moniker from its flaming spiciness, owed to the cayenne pepper-infused paste applied to the fried chicken.
It’s said to have a pretty interesting history too. Back in the 1930’s, the girlfriend of womanizer Thornton Prince III served him fried chicken for breakfast after his night of carousing. She heavily doused the chicken with cayenne pepper, hoping that the resulting dish will be too hot for the Lothario. However, he ended up liking it so much that he and his brothers developed their own recipe and opened the first many hot chicken joints in Nashville.
Today, the Nashville Hot Chicken is considered one of the city’s most popular attractions. This dish is commonly served as a freshly fried quarter chicken breast, doused in a cayenne pepper paste on top of two bread slices with a side of pickles and the diner’s choice of sauce among varying degrees of hotness. In the spirit of Thornton’s love for late-night shenanigans, the Nashville Hot Chicken proved to be popular among late diners.
The good news is that we Pinoys don’t have to go halfway across the world to get a taste of this Nashville import, thanks to the newly launched Ray’s Hot Chicken. With a dine-in and delivery store along Taft Avenue (right next to sister-store Zark’s Burger) and delivery outlets in Eastwood City, BF and Makati, Ray’s Hot Chicken is now ready to serve the biggest and baddest chicks to the metro.
Heat levels include Weak, No Spice, Sweet Yet Spicy, Nashville Hot and F*ckin’ Hot.
Check out some of its best sellers!
Dirty Nachos (Php169). Crunchy nachos topped with chili con carne, cheese sauce and corn kernels.
Nashville Hot Double Chicken Sandwich with Bacon (Php379). A meaty combo of two hot chicken breasts topped with crispy bacon between buttery brioche-like buns
Sweet Yet Spicy Hot Chicken Sandwich (Php189). Don’t let its dash of sweetness fool you; this sassy sandwich still has a lot of spice!
F*ckin Hot Wings (Php299/8 pcs). Well, there’s hot and then, there’s f*ckin’ hot. When it comes to these flavorful, juicy and spicy wings, how brave are you? (Tip: get several bowls of rice ready.)
If you still have some extra room in your tummy (or you want to take a rest from all those cayenne-fueled spiciness), grab a serving or two of classic sides such as Corn (Php45) or Mac ‘N Cheese (Php45), then wash your meal down with an icy glass of minty Nojito (Php50).
So if you feel you can take the heat, why not get yourself some of these Nashville-style spicy deliciousness from Ray’s Hot Chicken?
Ray’s Hot Chicken is located at Ground Floor, Burgundy Building, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, open daily for dine-in and delivery.
Other outlets open for delivery via GrabFood are located in Eastwood, BF and Makati.
Disclosure: Food items were delivered to facilitate an honest review.
Check out my posts on other chicken places in the metro:
- Popeyes, Arcovia City
- Howl Chicken, Eastwood
- Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things, Tomas Morato
- Manokoloco, Tomas Morato
- Baliwag, Santa Lucia
- Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, Tomas Morato
- Chooks-to-Go, De Castro
- Max’s, Tomas Morato
- Mang Inasal, Libis
- Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken, SM East Ortigas
- Alabama Mamma, California Garden Square
- Bad Bird, SM Megamall
- Chicka Chicka Chicken House, Libis
- BBX, Glorietta
- Senor Pollo, Tomas Morato
- Oh My Chicken, Tondo
- Wing Zone, SM Megamall
- Bacolod Chicken Parilla, Tomas Morato
- JT’s Manukan Grille, Tomas Morato
- Chichario Peri Peri Chicken, Alabang
- Anchor Point Diner, Mandaluyong
- Hawker Chan, SM North EDSA
- Peri Peri Chicken, Eastwood
- Kenny Rogers Roasters, SM East Ortigas
- Classic Savory, SM East Ortigas
- Hainanese Delights, Robinsons Galleria