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Why is Nashville Hot Chicken the Hottest Food Trend — and Who Makes It Best?

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Why is Nashville Hot Chicken the Hottest Food Trend — and Who Makes It Best?

This year has seen its share of food trends, dishes that are popping up on restaurant menus seemingly out of nowhere: from spicy salami spread ‘nduja to poke to rainbow everything. But few dishes have captured the national imagination in the past year more than Nashville-style hot chicken, fried chicken that’s taken a bath in a fiery chile sauce. Heck, even KFC’s jumped on the bandwagon. While we have a feeling we haven’t yet seen the full extent of the hot chicken diaspora, restaurants throughout the country are beginning to serve the dish, and we tracked down the 10 that are doing it best. And surprise: They’re not all in Nashville.