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October 29, 2009

It's Hot Hot Hot!

March 8, 2011 update!

400 Degrees moved from the little triangle lot on Clarksville Hwy to a downtown location on the corner of 4th Ave S and Peabody inside the Quiznos Food Court. Aqui Simpson has added in Saturday hours from 4 pm - 9 pm for that dinner hot chicken you might want over the weekend. Tuesday thru Thursday 400 Degrees is open 'til 7pm and Friday 9 pm. And she remains closed Sunday and Monday, same as before. At this location, 400 Degrees share a space with Quiznos, Apollo Grill and Primo Pizza. There is a nice clean food court dining room, a tv with the latest sport event, there are clean bathrooms, there is a nice drink and condiment station, and there is a table with ever magazine you could possible want to see from Baby's Monthly to Yachting and everything in between. How fun! What a great place to take in a little lunch and catch up on the lastest Elle magazine or lastest Car and Driver.

On Saturday, conveniently, 400 Degrees is open until 9 pm, and during 1st Saturday Art Crawl the Lost Boys Gallery just 1/2 block away is also open until 9 pm. So, this past Saturday, I put my order in for some hot chicken and hot pork chop, and then took a stroll down to the Lost Boys Gallery to check out some art. I saw some clay gazelles that are Xmas ornaments that I like a lot, so I asked the young artist if he could create some more of those cuties for me by next month. Then I walked by up to the 400 Degrees and picked up my meal to go. This was a perfect Saturday evening, lovely Lost Boys artists and art, and a hot spicy chicken to round out the evening.

400 Degrees hot chicken wings, baked beans,
coleslaw and potato salad

Seriously, there is no trickery or added red color to the photo above of my hot chicken. All I did was shrink the photo, add my blog address and post the photo on this blog. 400 Degrees hot chicken is red red red red read hot. I really like chicken wings, and I really like 400 Degrees 200 Degrees chicken wings. How it works at this hot chicken joint is that you can get 4 types of spicy hot chicken. You can get 0, 100, 200 or 400 degrees. I am not a fire eater, so 400 is out. I tried a lick of the 400 once, and it burned like a SOB, and I just could not drink enough milk and water to make it go away. Then, there was the action of touching my tearing up eyes with the fingers I touched the 400 degree chicken with... and my eyes started to water and burn for many many minutes. No need for me to experience pepper spray to the eyes, I have tried 400 Degrees hot chicken. 200 is as hot as I can go, and the photo shows what 200 degrees looks like. There is an underlying spice flavor to the hot chicken, not just spicy hot. I like the light crunchy fried chicken batter 400 Degrees uses. The hot chicken is not at all like saucy Buffalo wings, it is completely different with the spice and chili pepper flavors permeating through the chicken. Hot chicken is its own thing. I really like the flavor, color, texture and burn I can get at 400 Degrees.

Here is the deal about this place, it is small with a couple tables and a counter with a couple chairs, so one is best to order over the phone and take out. Don't worry, the chicken will travel well to where you need to go. If you don't like spicy hot food, there are plenty of sides without spicy hotness, and hamburgers. I have never gotten a burger, I don't know how they are, but 400 Degrees was smart enough to put non-hot burgers on the the menu for the friends and family who just cannot take the heat. There is 0 degree chicken, which I have not tried either, but I am guessing it is just plain fried chicken.

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At 10/31/09, 7:20 AM, Blogger Eric and Katie said...

I agree Lannae, 200 degrees is plenty for me and they don't mess around in the red department. I like this place because the taste is a bit different from other Hot Chicken places in town.

At 11/3/09, 4:43 PM, Anonymous Surendra Kumar said...

Aqui Simpson makes a mean Fried Chicken, had my monthly fix today of the 400 degrees. What I love about this place is the consistency and the very friendly service. They take phone orders unlike the other place that takes the phone off the hook!

At 11/4/09, 7:37 PM, Blogger Lannae said...

Hi E and K, I like this place too! I think it is my favorite hot chicken, but I don't eat it often because the close so early, and I can't get there in time.

Surendra, oh lucky you for getting to eat 400 Degrees every month! I know, I love the phone order here!

At 11/19/09, 11:14 AM, Anonymous Annie said...

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Only a few short years ago, Guy competed and won the second season of The Next Food Network Star. Today this “Bad Boy” of Food Network hosts four popular shows and can barely walk down the street without being recognized. From Guy off the Hook, where he gets up-close and personal with a live studio audience, to Guy’s Big Bite, where he teaches viewers how to make creative dishes with bold flavors and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, where he showcases home cooks' best recipes, to traveling across America to find the most unique Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy brings his unique personality to Food Network several times a week. In October 2008, Guy released his first book based on his widely popular show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip...with Recipes! (William Horrow), which offers recipes and memorable stories from establishments Guy has visited around the country. In its first week, it landed on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Ticketing options for the those who can't get close enough include: "Off Da Hook" Package. Seat on stage, tour laminate, new edition of "More Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: A Drop Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest Joints", 2 squirt bottles, pre-show meet and greet. MUST be 21 older Or: "Kulinary Krew" Package. Premium seat, tour laminate, new edition of "More Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: A Drop Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest Joints", 2 squirt bottles, and pre-show meet and greet.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I work for AC Entertainment, the company that booked the show.)


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