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Bulger's Beat: Prince's puts the heat in hot chicken

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When it comes to fried chicken, some like it hot. And if that's you, you've probably been to Prince's Hot Chicken Shack.

Cayenne pepper, fresh chicken and a whole lot of secrets have been the driving forces behind Prince's for 70 years now, where regular customers say it's not only tasty, but it will cure hiccups and clear out your sinuses, too.

"One of our customers says he gets it and then takes it and draws a big tub of cold water, and he eats it in the tub. We get so many different stories," said owner Andre Prince.

The line forms outside Prince's at least 30 minutes before the chicken shack even opens. That's true lunchtime loyalty.

"Hot" and "chicken" have defined this place for 70 years, but put the emphasis on hot.

Andre Prince carries the tradition her great-uncle started in the 1940s. Her daughter, Simone, runs the register and warns new buyers to beware.

"I always tell everybody it's a 24-hour chicken. So, whatever you feel going in, you're gonna feel coming out," Simone Prince said.

Customers need cayenne courage and tastebud boldness.

And it's only a matter of time before the heat starts kicking.

"It's that crispy stuff on the outside that's hot," one customer said. "My nose is itching a little bit."

Prince's has never been accused of false advertising.

"Yes, make no mistake about it. It means exactly what it says. You'll know you've been to Prince's when you eat the hot," Simone Prince said.

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack is on Ewing Drive just off Dickerson Road in north Nashville.

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