Let me start by saying that this rating could be higher. I like this place and LOVE the idea of true Southern-style food. Hot chicken is unique to the South and I am proud of it. I have nothing against Prince's. Please take my feedback without bias, but take it literally. This is for your information. I have eaten here 3 times in the past 1.5 years. The good thing is, the food is pretty good. I am a chili head, and I ordered the quarter chicken, very hot.
The menu and meal are very simple, and that's how it should be. You come here for hot chicken, not sushi. When I received my order, I was defnitely intimidated by the sight of my chicken after hearing horror stories about the heat, but that's why I was there. I carefully disected my chicken with a fork and knife, only to find it wasn't that hot. I proceeded with my bare hands, without a problem. I have made much hotter and tastier, myself, with a 10:1 mix of Dave's Insanity Sauce and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce. The chicken was juicy, but bland...and no, my tastebuds aren't dead!
Before I continue the next 2 PARTS, let me say that I wasn't expecting this experience to rival J. Alexander's.
If you like clean kitchens, do not look through the order window into the kitchen. You will want to leave. The good news is that the hot greaase will kill off the dirt. I don't understand how they don't get shut down by the Health Dept.
If you don't have 2 hours for lunch, don't gp to Prince's. I don't know what the deal is, but they open at Noon...well, that's what the sign on the door says. They don't fire up the grease until 12:15 pm or whenever they decide to show up to work. My colleagues and I arrived at 11:45 am and didn't receive our orders until 12:45. This was not a fluke as I had the same experience the next two visits (hoping the first time was a fluke).
I hope the owners read this and take the criticism well. I know, from my own experience as well as other patrons', if the service was better and they opened at 11am, they would take their business to the next level.
It's worth the visit if you have the time.
To the posters who dislike Martin's, I say, "to each his own"; however,it sounds like you've gotten too hooked on the Mc Rib sandwiches!! This is REAL barbecue!!!
Guys, I will say that Jack's BBQ is a cool place with good food. I'll give you that. Their serving line is a nice touch, but the portions are not consistent with the price. Jack's is a RIP-OFF, not Martin's. Jack's is for tourists who don't know any better. Customer service is non-existent, and how often do you meet and have a conversation with the owner or his family? The only people at Barbecutie, Stroud's, Jack's, etc who actually give a hoot about the barbecue process is the pitmaster. The rest are just hourly folks.
Martin's not only has near perfect barbecue, the whole experience is comparable to eating high grade barbecue cooked by your buddies. I don't personally know anybody that works there, but from having casual conversation while there, these guys love what they do. That is the secret ingredient that the others definitely do not have. Would you rather have your car worked on by the guy who makes a living doing his favorite hobby or by the guy who's just riding the clock?
Personally, I think Martin's is ON THE LEVEL with Rendevous and Dreamland.
I haven't been to Martin's since it was located in the old building. I used to eat lunch here 2x per week while building homes in Bennington. These guys know how to barbecue. I was always impressed with everything I ordered, as well as the knowledge and friendliness the guys possessed. I have to say that above all else,my favorite plate was the Brisket Tacos. I have tried Brisket Tacos at many restaurants around Nashville, with NOBODY COMING CLOSE! Flash-fried flour tortillas filled generously with sliced brisket, jalepeno slices, and my custom ordered habenero bbq sauce always make me want one more for dessert. Even inspired me to attempt recreation of these in my own kitchen (not too bad either!) Unfortunately, I never got the chance to pair those tacos with one of the many microbrews they serve there...conflict of interest while working.
All I have to say is it might be time to open another location on the West Side of town. Franchise, maybe?
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