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Mar 8, 2010 06:06 PM

Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Chicken

I'm visiting the Nashville and Memphis from Southern California area later this week and I really want to find some authentic fried green tomatoes (like my nana used to make) and some great fried chicken. Any suggestions?

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    1. Try Puckett's Grocery in Franklin. It's a very historic area too.


      1. Best fried green tomatoes in Nashville are without a doubt at Arnold's. Now it's only open for lunch M-F, and the fried green tomatoes are only on Thursdays and Fridays. This place is outstanding and it's where I send people when they only have one meal in Nashville. Don't miss it if you're here on a weekday.

        Best fried chicken in Nashville is Prince's Hot Chicken. It's about a 15 minute drive from downtown, but it's worth it. Very unique, very spicy fried chicken.

        I'm not a Memphian, but the best fried chicken that I've had there is at Gus'. There is a location in downtown Memphis. It's fantastic.

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        1. re: jamiecarroll

          For regular fried chicken in Nashville, Monell's is the best by a long shot. Understand that this "hot chicken" thing isn't about the chicken, though it's fried; it's about the heat. Most Nashvillians love it, but it's probably not the meal you were thinking about when you asked the question.

          1. re: nm1

            That is true. And Monell's is great.

            But I still say that if you order your chicken "plain" at Prince's, it is incredible as fried chicken, and not just as "hot chicken."

            1. re: jamiecarroll

              Wait, you can get plain fried chicken at Prince's? Why has no one ever told me this before? Thanks, jamiecarroll

            2. re: nm1

              I recently came back from a trip to Nashville and I had Princes' (medium) hot chicken and at Monell's the next day I had a taste of their regular fried chicken (my boyfriend ordered it and loved it). Both were wonderful, but I'm just a heat hound so I absolutely loved the wonderful hot flavor and wonderful crunch from Princes' much more. Not a direct comparison, but still both yummy though I'd probably always pick Princes' if I were forced to choose.

            3. re: jamiecarroll

              Memphian here - go with Gus'. It's famous for a reason. Now I'm hungry...

            4. Definitely follow jamiecaroll’s recommendations. All excellent, but be prepared to wait 45 minutes for your order at Prince’s. You can also try Bolton’s on Main which is much closer to the city. I’ve also heard great things about the fried chicken at Monell’s, I’ve yet to try it personally.

              1. Southernbred - (615) 258-3500
                1048 E. Trinity Lane
                Nashville, TN 37216

                And if you want to add some fried okra or baked apples for good measure - you're covered.

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                1. re: doxiemom

                  Four Way in Memphis, TN has outstanding fried chicken and great Soul food.

                  Four Way Restaurant @ 998 Mississippi Blvd., Memphis, TN 901 - 507 - 1519. * SOUL.

                  Four Way Restaurant
                  998 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38126