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The Full Story


Owner, Robin Lindsey, one-time Nashville-based songwriter, is a huge fan of Nashville Hot Chicken. He grew up with it. Since moving to California, he dreamed of delicious hot chicken only readily available in Nashville, Tennessee - so what better way to fill a craving than to open your very own Nashville Hot Chicken joint, Le Col Rouge Restaurant - with dreams to one day franchise.

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Nashville Roots

The originator of hot chicken is the family of Andre Prince Jeffries, owner of Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, operated since 1980. Thornton Prince III was purportedly a womanizer, and after a particularly late night out, his girlfriend, at the time, cooked him a fried chicken breakfast with "extra" pepper as revenge. And, he loved it! What began as breakfast revenge is now considered to be a staple food for late-night diners. 

What is Hot Chicken?

As you'd expect, Nashville hot chicken is fried chicken with a major kick. The chicken gets a hefty dose of spice - thanks to hot sauce and cayenne in the coating as well as a spicy sauce drizzled over the top. This Nashville version of fried chicken is served up with white bread and pickles to help balance out the heat, and it's a labor of lovin'. Check out this recipe that only takes 4 hours and 20 minutes to whip up - now that's lovin'. 

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W O W !!! Out of all of the hot chicken spots I've been to this place is among the top. The chicken, spice, and the crunch were all perfect. Prices are solid too. If you're close by you better try them out.

— Mashhood A


"Authentic southern style chicken sandwiches and great side dishes on a comfortable enclosed patio."

— Jeff B.

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"If having the best fried chicken, chicken sandwich, fried green beans, fries, and wings in Marin isnt enough reason to come here....the owner is good guy."

— Raul C.

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