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Mike Sula

Fried chicken, biscuits, and sweet tea, etc, from a North Carolina native.

Our Review

The Roost's Nashville hot sandwich appears to be a disappointing thing. There's a tiny piece of boneless meat between the bread, but it belies the powerful force of nature in between. The chicken is thoroughly saturated with a Vulcan glow, its powerful heat mitigated by a lingering sweetness. It's the closest thing to Nashville's lauded spot Prince's Hot Chicken Shack I've encountered outside of Music City. Nine bucks is somewhat steep for such a small sandwich, even with two sides, but the Roost trumps the competition by offering bone-in chicken—a quarter bird with two sides for $9, and a half chicken for $13, available in the aforementioned Nashville hot, a lighter, spicy version which is no slouch in itself, and an herb-seasoned offering. The batter is terrific, particularly in the case of the spicy variant—light and crisp, it doesn't overwhelm the chicken in any way. Perhaps crucial to its overall success is the fact that the Roost fries everything to order. Biscuits, coleslaw, house-made potato chips, mac and cheese, baked apples, and peach cobbler round out the offerings, but it's the Nashville hot here that you're after.

Mike Sula

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