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Trendy new Nashville hot chicken restaurant rules the roost in Fort Worth

Trendy Nashville hot chicken restaurant rules the roost in Fort Worth

Rule the Roost fried chicken
Choose your level of spice at Rule the Roost. Photo courtesy of Rule the Roost

Nashville-style fried chicken is hot in more ways than one, and Fort Worth has a new place to get it: Rule The Roost is a newly opened restaurant in Westworth Village, serving this ultra-trendy, spicy-hot fried chicken.

A representative confirms that they opened on August 20.

Nashville-style hot chicken is, in fact, a signature of Nashville, Tennessee, with a light, crunchy crust and a special spicy fried coating that sneaks up on you, in a good way.

They're not the first to offer it in Fort Worth, where you can already find Nashville-style hot chicken at Gus's and Fixe, and more players are on the way.

At Rule the Roost, you can get it in a variety of configurations, including wings or tenders, but the prototypical version is in a sandwich, usually on white bread, sometimes with pickles.

Their sandwich comes on a hamburger bun, with sweet coleslaw and melted cheese. Thoughtfully, they offer the chicken at varying levels of spice, from 0 to 4 degrees, with some heat coming in even at Level 1.

They also do biscuits, plus sides such as mashed potatoes and waffle fries, very Chick-Fil-A, which you can get solo or loaded with chicken chunks and/or bacon.

The concept has been described by some as a spicy version of Chick-Fil-A, stoked further by the fact that they also offer strawberry lemonade.

The restaurant comes to Fort Worth by a circuitous route: The owners are from Tennessee and originally opened a location at a mall in San Jose as a test drive, before deciding that stand-alone locations were the way to go.

After Fort Worth, they have plans to open at least one more location in North Texas.