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nashville hot chicken: A beginners guide

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One of the best parts of living in the greater Nashville area is the food. In recent years, Nashville has gained a reputation for being a “foodie” town on par with New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If you are new to this city, it won’t take long before you hear people talk about Nashville Hot Chicken. It is unlike anything you’ve ever had, and it is wonderful.

Newer residents may be wondering, what is Nashville Hot Chicken? Though you can get it as chicken tenders, it’s most traditional presentation is a breast and wing or thigh and leg portion that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, lightly breaded with flour, fried, and finally coated with a cayenne pepper spice mix, offered in varying degrees of heat. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips.

Most places offer plain fried chicken for those sensitive to spicy food. But for those who love the heat, most hot chicken places offer four or five degrees of kick. If you order the hottest level, most places will stop, give you a look of concern, and ask you if you’re sure about that.

Want some? Expect to wait in line. Here’s where you can get some:

Midtown / Vanderbilt:

Hattie B’s

The Gulch

Party Foul

East Nashville:

Pepperfire Hot Chicken

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

West Nashville / The Nations / Sylvan Park

Hattie B’s

Antioch / Nolensville / Nipper’s Corner

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack (The original Hot Chicken restaurant.)

12 South / 8th Avenue

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish

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When Success Becomes a Catastrophe

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the February 6, 2017 article by the same name on Scott Sauls’ blog. Click here to read the full essay.

By all appearances, it feels like I am in a very sweet season right now. Marriage is a source of joy. Our daughters are the kinds of girls who make a mom and dad both proud and thankful. Ministry is a blast these days — I get to serve alongside some truly exceptional people. I love Scripture and Jesus and the church more than I ever have which makes everything else in life seem sweeter, because all of life centers around these things. We are well provided for.

At least for now, in a world of so much unrest and injustice and suffering, my life feels to be an embarrassment of riches.

As I think about all of these things, I am struck by Jesus’ admonishment to his disciples precisely when their perceived “success” and “influence” was at its peak:

Luke 10:17-20 (ESV)

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them…“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Did you catch that?

When Jesus’ disciples came to him with news of their extraordinary strength and influence and success, his response was to say, “Do not rejoice…”

When God gives us success and loved ones and happy circumstances for a time, when he chooses to put the wind at our backs—by all means, we should enjoy the experience. But we mustn’t hang our hats on it…because earthly success, in all its forms, comes to us as a gift from God and is also fleeting. Our Lord is telling us not to allow appetizers to replace the feast, or a single apple to replace the orchard, or a road sign to replace the destination to which it points.