First of all, the chicken is never as flavorful as when it's fresh out of the iron skillet filled with 10W-40. Secondly, the communal experience of capsaicin nirvana is better when you can share it with suffering friends across the table and while watching the reactions of other diners (especially hot chicken virgins) at nearby tables. Lastly, hot chicken should come with hazardous materials handling instructions before you attempt to transport it in your vehicle.
I haven't checked lately, but I know that Prince's used to include a section of the daily newspaper with to-go orders to absorb the lava that seeps through the bottom of the brown paper sack containing your fiery fowl. Still, you can recognize a serious hot chicken addict by the deep orange stains in the carpets of their floorboards or their passenger seats. I have a good friend who keeps a permanently tangelo-tinted formerly white Frisbee in his trunk just for hot chicken transport.
Aside from some new temporary signage, the Old O'Chuck's still looks like you could waltz in and order a lettuce wedge and some O'Tenders, but the food has changed quite a bit. Upon entering, diners proceed right past the host stand, because this is a hot chicken joint, after all. Don't waste your time looking for a maître d’. Right in the middle of the restaurant where the expediting station used to be is a tall counter where patrons order their food directly from the kitchen.
The menu has all of your old Bolton's favorites, including breast and leg quarters, chicken wings, hot fish sandwiches, chicken on a stick and ribs. Plenty of good down-home sides are available to cool off your gullet. My favorites are the green beans, the spaghetti and outstanding macaroni and cheese. On my most recent visit I enjoyed a spicy leg quarter sandwich that was drier than Prince's, and frankly not quite as hot or IMHO as good. However, it is nice to be able to enjoy a lunch without worrying about the dread of an impending afternoon of recovery and evacuation after a visit to Prince's House of Pain. Best of all, we were enjoying piping hot chicken within 15 minutes of pulling into the parking lot.
Lots of convenient safe parking, speedy service, great chicken and affordable prices add up to a winner of a chicken joint to me. Drop in and let us know what you think of the experience in the comments below.
Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish
1108 Murfreesboro Road