the best hot chicken in nashville

Posting this mostly for posterity and as a reference for when people ask me. For clarity, I am only listing restaurants that meet my (arbitrary) definition of "Hot Chicken Restaurant", which is that they have to serve a leg quarter in varying levels of heat, and should at least nominally focused on hot chicken itself -- that is, I'm not bothering to list the random restaurants that coat chicken fingers in cayenne and call it hot chicken (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Ranked in order from worst to best:

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