Where There’s Nashville Hot Chicken in the OC

I love spicy food. Even though I’ve traveled to Nashville for business many times, I usually eat barbecue there.

Then, last year, I discovered that Nashville hot chicken was a thing, not in Nashville, but in Louisville, by accident, when I was just looking for a dinner spot and would up at a place called Joella’s. Turns out they’re a franchise with Nashville-style hot chicken.

Then something I can’t remember triggered my cravings; maybe from seeing that Los Angeles has a newish food craze of Nashville hot chicken. That started my search for Nashville Hot Chicken in Orange County, California, the place where I live. Because I don’t want to drive to LA for them, not if I don’t have to.

(A friend mentioned that KFC had them. I tried it twice. Disappointed both times. First time they had drizzled the sauce on chicken tenders. I hoped another KFC location would do better by tossing the tenders in the sauce, which they did, but still a let down.)

On a more thorough research using the power of the internet, I found these hot spots. I’ll leave it to Yelpers to write up the reviews. Please add a comment if you know of others.

Restaurants with Nashville Hot Chicken in Orange County, California

Clyde’s Hot Chicken at 513 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton.

Crack Shack at 196 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa.

McFadden Public Market at 515 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (closed)

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Clyde’s Hot Chicken Brings the Nashville-Style Bird to Orange County (OC Weekly, April 2019)

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