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Pepperfire

615-582-4824  •  $
ADDRESS: 2821 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

CUISINE: Fried Chicken, Hot Chicken, Takeout, Sandwiches

FEATURES: Handicap Access, Kid Friendly, Patio Seating, Smoke Free

DETAILS
Pepperfire, which opened in summer of 2011, is the most notable newcomer to tackle Nashville's most beloved indigenous food, hot chicken. Located on a busy stretch of Gallatin Pike near Inglewood in East Nashville, Pepperfire occupies an old drive-thru (you have to exit your car and order at the window), but has built an additional overhang and added several patio tables. Most of their business is takeout. And though they may lack the storied tradition and secret recipes of the established hot chicken joints in town, they outdo their predecessors in efficiency. You can call ahead or even order online and receive an accurate estimate for when your fiery yard bird will be ready. As for the hot chicken, they don't dial down the spice. The quarter breast plate arrives with two pickles and the much-needed white bread. The "hot" offers a significant delayed burn that'll leave your lips tingling well after you've finished. For those truly into torching their taste buds, there are two even higher levels of heat. More sensitive palates can enjoy the chicken medium, mild or even plain (although you might get booed by anyone within earshot for this one). Other mains include hot chicken tenders, a hot chicken Po-boy of sorts and the gut-busting Tender Royale, a deep-fried grilled cheese topped with spicy tenders. Among the sides are crinkle fries, baked beans and pretty decent fried okra. No alcohol available. Serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat. Closed Sun. "The hot chicken dishes are available in five heat levels: mild, medium, hot, extra hot and the redundantly hyperbolic extra extra hot. All items are made to order in a deep fryer, so expect 7 to 10 minutes from order to the window. The breading for each heat level is identical, with the spice coming from a proprietary sauce and seasoning added by tossing the pieces in a bowl after cooking."
- Chris Chamerberlain, Nashville Scene

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Pepperfire, which opened in summer of 2011, is the most notable newcomer to tackle Nashville's most beloved indigenous food, hot chicken. Located on a busy stretch of Gallatin Pike near Inglewood in East Nashville, Pepperfire occupies an old drive-thru (you have to exit your car and order at the window), but has built an additional overhang and added several patio tables. Most of their business is takeout. And though they may lack the storied tradition and secret recipes of the established hot chicken joints in town, they outdo their predecessors in efficiency. You can call ahead or even order online and receive an accurate estimate for when your fiery yard bird will be ready. As for the hot chicken, they don't dial down the spice. The quarter breast plate arrives with two pickles and the much-needed white bread. The "hot" offers a significant delayed burn that'll leave your lips tingling well after you've finished. For those truly into torching their taste buds, there are two even higher levels of heat. More sensitive palates can enjoy the chicken medium, mild or even plain (although you might get booed by anyone within earshot for this one). Other mains include hot chicken tenders, a hot chicken Po-boy of sorts and the gut-busting Tender Royale, a deep-fried grilled cheese topped with spicy tenders. Among the sides are crinkle fries, baked beans and pretty decent fried okra.
 
"The hot chicken dishes are available in five heat levels: mild, medium, hot, extra hot and the redundantly hyperbolic extra extra hot. All items are made to order in a deep fryer, so expect 7 to 10 minutes from order to the window. The breading for each heat level is identical, with the spice coming from a proprietary sauce and seasoning added by tossing the pieces in a bowl after cooking."
- Chris Chamerberlain, Nashville Scene
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No alcohol available. Serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat. Closed Sun.

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