Where to Get 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.

Joe Schmoe’s, Cypress

The Cut, Irvine

Cluck Kitchen will serve Nashville hot chicken and regular fried chicken when it opens in January 2020 in Irvine (OC Register)

Alternatives

There are other kinds of spicy fried chicken sandwiches served by restaurants like Chick-Fil-A, Popeyes, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sweetbird, but that’s not the same as a Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich. Not there’s anything wrong with that.

Rojos Hot Chicken renders a Mexican Hot Chicken sandwich, inspired by the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich, at occasional pop-ups – follow instagram.com/rojoshotchicken to get some

Hotties opened a pop-up for about a month in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market (OC Weekly). Hotties is located in Chino Hills.

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

Hot Chicks & Waffles, Westmister (closed)

Featured Articles

Nashville hot chicken is taking over Los Angeles (LA Times, May 2019)

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

clyde’s hot chicken

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