Newcomer Gordon’s brings class, sophistication to robust hot chicken market

GORDON’S BAR & GRILLE
Address: 810 Gale Ln #104, Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 997-3099
Hours: Sundays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; M—Th:11 a.m.–Midnight; F-Sat 11 a.m.–3 a.m.
Website: http://www.gordonsnashville.com/

By Rhonda Cammon
SOTG Food + Spirits Editor

It’s no secret that Nashville Hot Chicken has gained national fame. In fact, it’s now so famous that you can find nationwide copycats whose quality and flavor ranges on a scale from “nice try!“ to “what in the hell”—KFC, I’m looking at you).

photo-dec-07-7-22-48-pmSo, like any red-blooded Nashvillian, my eyes became extra round, my pulse quickened and my breath raced to a quickened pant when a photo of an ENTIRE deep-fried Nashville Hot Chicken showed up on my Facebook timeline on Thanksgiving morning.

It was a picture of true beauty: deep fried, crispy goodness with the legs standing at attention on either side like the little “fried chicken that could.” I had to have one, I had to find it—I wanted one for my own and I was willing to act like a Black Friday shopper racing for a Westinghouse TV if I had to.

Fortunately, my prize was waiting for me at the newly opened Gordon’s, a bar and grill located right off Franklin Pike in the Melrose neighborhood. I was greeted with a bright and modern décor, a bar stocked with Willett Pot Still Reserve bourbon and beers from local microbreweries. The scene was far cry from your “normal” hot chicken shack—there was no order counter, no Formica tables, no paper napkin dispensers and, thank heavens, no suspect bottles of two-toned ketchup on the table.

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My initial thoughts: “Was this version of hot chicken about to be another transplant-chef-from-California’s interpretation? Oh, Lord, I have been hoodwinked. Goddamn, social media has tricked me again!”

However, after a thorough interrogation of the unsuspecting waiter—I would have made the detectives of the First 48 proud—I ordered. Twenty-five party wings in two different spices, an order of their specialty Gordon’s Hot Fries and 2 Einstök Icelandic Pale Ales. The kiddo ordered the kids boneless wings with fries.

In general, Gordon’s menu ranges from whole wings to hot chicken nachos, fried shrimp to its go-to burger. The ample bar is well stocked with a great selection that includes Four Roses Single barrel, the local boys Corsair, Bulleit Bourbon, and just about every flavor of Ciroc you can think of. And if drinking beer is more your speed, then the nine local beers on draft are sure to wake up your taste buds and quench your thirst.

The wings were HOT! Crispy. Perfectly spiced. Hot damn, it really was AUTHENTIC Nashville Hot Chicken! The wings arrive perched atop slices of soft white bread, with a shrine of dill pickle slices in the middle. Also, the kid’s boneless wings were like ordering off the children’s menu from Cracker Barrel: a kid-sized plate holding a full-size portion. Yes, I’m ordering that next time.

I also fell head over heels for the Gordon’s Hot Fries, which will easily conjure salivating thoughts of your favorite spicy, BBQ chips in french fry form—you can’t just eat one and you will seriously contemplate placing another order after the third bite.

As delicious as the food was, the unexpected pièce de résistance was the Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale. I’m not a beer drinker but Einstök has changed the game and I’m on the hunt for a 6-pack on Sunday before noon. It’s a light, refreshing beer with a hint of orange and pineapple on the finish.

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SOTG scored an opportunity to catch up with Gordon’s owner, Spencer Middlebrooks. A tall and strapping guy, Middlebrooks looks more like a football player than a restaurant owner. Middlebrooks talked a little about how he developed the concept behind Gordon’s and what to expect from its diverse, flavorful menu.

What made you open Gordons? “I wanted to create my own version of hot chicken taking what I have learned from working ten years in the business.

What makes Gordon’s different than other hot chicken places? “Everyone has breast orders leg quarter we do a nice dance throughout the menu from hot chicken tacos to hot shrimp to hot chicken pizza and nachos, we offer a large variety of food with the hot chicken concept. We also have a full-scale bar and a comfortable and pleasurable environment.

What makes Gordon’s Hot Chicken different from other hot chicken? I didn’t want to do the same thing. Wanted to create a unique style of hot chicken. What makes it unique. All the different flavors can capture you, from the sweetness. No matter how hot the product is, the flavor still stands out. Giving you more that a burned mouth. Gordan’s is going to burn but it’s still full of flavor.”

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