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Nashville’s Helen’s Hot Chicken Finally Arrives Downtown on Edgewood Avenue

Helen’s brings “hella hot” fried chicken and fish from Nashville to Edgewood Avenue

A red basket of hot chicken wings and drums from Helen’s Hot Chicken on Edgewood in Atlanta
Hot chicken tenders
Helen’s Hot Chicken

Helen’s Hot Chicken and Fish is now open on Edgewood Avenue in downtown Atlanta near Georgia State University. The Nashville-based hot chicken chain resides on the ground floor of the 200 Edgewood apartment complex, one block west of Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

As with Helen’s Nashville and Texas locations, the Atlanta restaurant serves sandwiches and baskets of breast and leg quarters, wingettes, tenders, and gizzards in four levels of heat: plain, mild, hot, and “hella hot”. Chicken is made-to-order and doesn’t drop into the fryer until ordered at the counter. Helen’s also offers fried shrimp, whiting, and catfish, along with sides such as baked beans and potato salad, and specialty drinks like the popular hella mango tea.

A fried fish platter with fries and drink from Helen’s Hot Chicken Helen’s Hot Chicken

Jeremy Mallard started Helen’s out of a small, roadside trailer on Rosa Parks Boulevard near Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. Helen’s is named for his grandmother. The first permanent location opened in 2014 near Fisk University.

With the addition of Atlanta, the hot chicken franchise now has seven locations, including two restaurants in Nashville, locations in Murfreesboro, Madison, and Clarksville, Tennessee, and a restaurant in Lewisville, Texas, just north of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

200 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta. helenshotchicken.com.

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