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12 Atlanta Restaurants Serving Up the Hottest of Hot Chicken

Atlantans love Nashville-style hot chicken, whether it comes as a sandwich, a drumstick, a thigh, or even wings

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Atlantans love Nashville-style hot chicken, whether it comes as a sandwich, a drumstick, a thigh, or even wings. Due to that hunger for Nashville heat, ATL has seen an increasing number of restaurants serving hot chicken in a variety of ways on the menu, with some spots going as far as dedicating the entire establishment to spicy fried yardbird. Therefore, it’s only proper Atlanta has a guide to restaurants serving up the hottest of the hot fried chicken right now.

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Disclaimer: A number of Atlanta restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Masks may be required to be worn indoors at some restaurants on this list. Check individual restaurants for mask requirements.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Joella's Hot Chicken

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2955 Cobb Pkwy SE #910
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 956-0919
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Louisville is in Kentucky, but with Nashville just a short drive away, it’s no wonder hot chicken made its way across state lines. Started in 2015 and opened in ATL two years ago, there are six different flavor levels to Joella’s heat — from mild to “fire-in-da-hole.” The franchise-quality service and higher meal cost make it tough to rate this establishment at the very top of Atlanta’s hot chicken org chart, but for those seeking spicy yardbird in the Cumberland area, head to Joella’s. There are also locations in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Newnan. Order online for takeout.

2. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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The Mall at, 231 W Peachtree St NW Suite A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 996-2837
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This Memphis-born fried chicken restaurant has flavor through and through, almost to the point that one might think the bird itself was born with spice in its veins. With minimal breading and maximum amounts of tang and well-balanced heat accented by flavorful peanut oil, Gus’s hot chicken totally justifies a slightly higher price point. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Order online for takeout or delivery.

3. Helen's Hot Chicken

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200 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 731-3369
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What does it mean to be “hella hot”? Take one bite of the tenders, leg and breast quarters, or even seafood — lobster tails, whiting, and shrimp also get spiced up at this Sweet Auburn restaurant. Helen’s arrived in town in 2020, but originated in Nashville as a food trailer. For smaller bites of fire, try the wingettes, which come in packs of 12, 16, or 24 and can be ordered as all flats or drums for an additional $1.99 per six-count. Order online for takeout or delivery.

4. Scoville Hot Chicken

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4969 Roswell Rd #220
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
(470) 548-9891
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Started by Justin Lim, owner of Okiboru Tsukemen and Ramen in Sandy Springs, Scoville serves Nashville hot chicken sandwiches that go from totally spiceless to the startling heat of the “Reaper” topped with coleslaw, pickles, and Scoville sauce. Crinkle-cut fries, cold macaroni salad, and pickles make up the extent of the abbreviated menu here, with soft drinks and strawberry lemonade available to drink. There are also locations in Buckhead and Athens. Order online for takeout or delivery.

5. Farm Birds

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3365 Piedmont Rd NE Suite 1120
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 816-0603
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A ghost kitchen from the team behind Farm Burger, Farm Birds keeps it simple with three breaded, sweet-tea-brined fried chicken sandwiches: Original Southern Style, Atlanta Lemon Pepper Wet, and Nashville Hot. Masada Bakery makes the buttery brioche buns for these sandwiches, with each served with a side of slaw. Order online for takeout or delivery.

6. Soul: Food & Culture

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99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 705-3158
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Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee know their Krog Street Market patrons loved the hot chicken sandwich back when Soul was Richards’ Southern Fried. With the changes came a new iteration of the former stall’s popular sandwich — this time it’s hot fried catfish topped with remoulade sauce, red onion and pickles. For those who insist on poultry, the stall includes a soul-Buffalo chicken sandwich topped with bleu cheese crumbles and spicy chicken served on a regular or collard green waffle. Be sure to keep an eye on Instagram for specials and pop-ups from Erika Council’s Bomb Biscuit ATL at the stall. Order Council’s hot honey crispy chicken biscuit sandwich when her pop-up hits Krog Street Market. Order online for takeout or delivery.

7. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Atlanta, GA

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299 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 888-4884
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Atlantans who have never been to the original Nashville location of Hattie B’s likely became aware of the spiced-to-the-bone flavor of this deep-red chicken at its Little Five Points location. Served in platters with red-checkered wax paper, order single or double dark meat plates (leg quarters), fried hot chicken sandwiches, whole wings, a half-chicken, or tender bite-sized chunks over “Dirty Bird” fries here. Order online via UberEats.

8. Argosy

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470 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 577-0407
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This East Atlanta Village hangout has been known to quietly serve some of the best versions of popular foods, including pizza and vegan burgers. So, don’t sleep on the boneless hot chicken thigh sandwich at Argosy spiced with paprika, garlic, and cayenne pepper and served on a brioche bun. It’s straight flames, and quite possibly the masterpiece of the menu. Order online for takeout.

9. Flatiron Bar and Restaurant

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520 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 688-8864
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This 22-year-old East Atlanta Village anchor bar survived the pandemic and reopened its dining room in March. People can order the spicy, pickle-brined fried chicken breast sandwich throughout the week, but should also keep their eye out for the return of the honey hot fried chicken doughnut during weekend brunch here. Call to order takeout.

10. Southbound

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5394 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 580-5579
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Nashville hot chicken is its own thing, but so is Chamblee hot chicken, which Southbound serves proudly in sandwich form from its perch near the city’s MARTA station. The fried yardbird here is topped with spicy Szechuan sauce, cilantro, mayo, and pickles and is served on Texas toast at dinner. People can also have it for brunch on the weekends as a build-your-own biscuit. Order online for takeout.

11. Java Saga

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3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 825-2438
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Head to Java Saga for a sizable Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich comes topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles and is served on brown sugar milk toast. Pair it with a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

12. Grass VBQ Joint

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5385 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW Suite B-1
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(470) 395-0934
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Owned by Terry Sargent, the menu at Grass VBQ Joint serves a rotating array of vegan variations on barbecue favorites like smoked jerk wings and smoked brisket as well as a Nashville hot chic’n sandwich made with seitan tossed in a smoky hot sauce. The sandwich is then topped with bread and butter pickles and mustard aioli. Pair it with red coconut curry greens or Southern-style potato salad. Order online for takeout and delivery.

1. Joella's Hot Chicken

2955 Cobb Pkwy SE #910, Atlanta, GA 30339

Louisville is in Kentucky, but with Nashville just a short drive away, it’s no wonder hot chicken made its way across state lines. Started in 2015 and opened in ATL two years ago, there are six different flavor levels to Joella’s heat — from mild to “fire-in-da-hole.” The franchise-quality service and higher meal cost make it tough to rate this establishment at the very top of Atlanta’s hot chicken org chart, but for those seeking spicy yardbird in the Cumberland area, head to Joella’s. There are also locations in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Newnan. Order online for takeout.

2955 Cobb Pkwy SE #910
Atlanta, GA 30339

2. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

The Mall at, 231 W Peachtree St NW Suite A-05, Atlanta, GA 30303

This Memphis-born fried chicken restaurant has flavor through and through, almost to the point that one might think the bird itself was born with spice in its veins. With minimal breading and maximum amounts of tang and well-balanced heat accented by flavorful peanut oil, Gus’s hot chicken totally justifies a slightly higher price point. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Order online for takeout or delivery.

The Mall at, 231 W Peachtree St NW Suite A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303

3. Helen's Hot Chicken

200 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

What does it mean to be “hella hot”? Take one bite of the tenders, leg and breast quarters, or even seafood — lobster tails, whiting, and shrimp also get spiced up at this Sweet Auburn restaurant. Helen’s arrived in town in 2020, but originated in Nashville as a food trailer. For smaller bites of fire, try the wingettes, which come in packs of 12, 16, or 24 and can be ordered as all flats or drums for an additional $1.99 per six-count. Order online for takeout or delivery.

200 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Scoville Hot Chicken

4969 Roswell Rd #220, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

Started by Justin Lim, owner of Okiboru Tsukemen and Ramen in Sandy Springs, Scoville serves Nashville hot chicken sandwiches that go from totally spiceless to the startling heat of the “Reaper” topped with coleslaw, pickles, and Scoville sauce. Crinkle-cut fries, cold macaroni salad, and pickles make up the extent of the abbreviated menu here, with soft drinks and strawberry lemonade available to drink. There are also locations in Buckhead and Athens. Order online for takeout or delivery.

4969 Roswell Rd #220
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

5. Farm Birds

3365 Piedmont Rd NE Suite 1120, Atlanta, GA 30305

A ghost kitchen from the team behind Farm Burger, Farm Birds keeps it simple with three breaded, sweet-tea-brined fried chicken sandwiches: Original Southern Style, Atlanta Lemon Pepper Wet, and Nashville Hot. Masada Bakery makes the buttery brioche buns for these sandwiches, with each served with a side of slaw. Order online for takeout or delivery.

3365 Piedmont Rd NE Suite 1120
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Soul: Food & Culture

99 Krog St NE T, Atlanta, GA 30307

Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee know their Krog Street Market patrons loved the hot chicken sandwich back when Soul was Richards’ Southern Fried. With the changes came a new iteration of the former stall’s popular sandwich — this time it’s hot fried catfish topped with remoulade sauce, red onion and pickles. For those who insist on poultry, the stall includes a soul-Buffalo chicken sandwich topped with bleu cheese crumbles and spicy chicken served on a regular or collard green waffle. Be sure to keep an eye on Instagram for specials and pop-ups from Erika Council’s Bomb Biscuit ATL at the stall. Order Council’s hot honey crispy chicken biscuit sandwich when her pop-up hits Krog Street Market. Order online for takeout or delivery.

99 Krog St NE T
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Atlanta, GA

299 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Atlantans who have never been to the original Nashville location of Hattie B’s likely became aware of the spiced-to-the-bone flavor of this deep-red chicken at its Little Five Points location. Served in platters with red-checkered wax paper, order single or double dark meat plates (leg quarters), fried hot chicken sandwiches, whole wings, a half-chicken, or tender bite-sized chunks over “Dirty Bird” fries here. Order online via UberEats.

299 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Argosy

470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This East Atlanta Village hangout has been known to quietly serve some of the best versions of popular foods, including pizza and vegan burgers. So, don’t sleep on the boneless hot chicken thigh sandwich at Argosy spiced with paprika, garlic, and cayenne pepper and served on a brioche bun. It’s straight flames, and quite possibly the masterpiece of the menu. Order online for takeout.

470 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

9. Flatiron Bar and Restaurant

520 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This 22-year-old East Atlanta Village anchor bar survived the pandemic and reopened its dining room in March. People can order the spicy, pickle-brined fried chicken breast sandwich throughout the week, but should also keep their eye out for the return of the honey hot fried chicken doughnut during weekend brunch here. Call to order takeout.

520 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

10. Southbound

5394 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

Nashville hot chicken is its own thing, but so is Chamblee hot chicken, which Southbound serves proudly in sandwich form from its perch near the city’s MARTA station. The fried yardbird here is topped with spicy Szechuan sauce, cilantro, mayo, and pickles and is served on Texas toast at dinner. People can also have it for brunch on the weekends as a build-your-own biscuit. Order online for takeout.

5394 Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

11. Java Saga

3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318, Atlanta, GA 30340

Head to Java Saga for a sizable Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich comes topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles and is served on brown sugar milk toast. Pair it with a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318
Atlanta, GA 30340

12. Grass VBQ Joint

5385 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW Suite B-1, Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Owned by Terry Sargent, the menu at Grass VBQ Joint serves a rotating array of vegan variations on barbecue favorites like smoked jerk wings and smoked brisket as well as a Nashville hot chic’n sandwich made with seitan tossed in a smoky hot sauce. The sandwich is then topped with bread and butter pickles and mustard aioli. Pair it with red coconut curry greens or Southern-style potato salad. Order online for takeout and delivery.

5385 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW Suite B-1
Stone Mountain, GA 30087

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