Foodies on this blog and other foodie blogs can't say enough good things about Prince's Hot Chicken but honestly, westside Nashvillians, how often do you make it there? I feel lucky to get there once a year. It's just so far away.
But happy days are just around the corner from Bites, because on Tuesdays, venerable and sometimes overlooked meat-and-three The Pie Wagon serves a crisp-crusted, hot-fried chicken that's just a lard scoop away from being as good as Prince's.
Those are fighting words, I know. But look at the red-brown of that crust. Look at the crisp skin. Another five minutes in the skillet would deepen the crust ever so slightly. And maybe a scoop of lard in the frying oil. But it's 25 minutes closer to midtown, the West Side, and points southeast. And that seriously raises what Los Angelenos call its geographic desirability.
I hadn't eaten at Pie Wagon since it was practically an annex of the Nashville Banner offices (along with 12th and Porter) on 12th Avenue where Agave is now. The level of cooking is higher now, even with occasional experiments that are inspired if not successful.
Click this link for a look at the rest of the menu Monday through Wednesday. Hot chicken for the West Side!
Pie Wagon 1302 Division, across from the Music City Best Western. 256-5893.