Fremont Diner's Nashville Hot Chicken Is Totally Worth the Food Miles

Fremont closes at 3 in the afternoon. Which means work is out of the question.Fremont closes at 3 in the afternoon. Which means work is out of the question.

Chewing our first bite of Fremont Diner's Nashville Hot Chicken ($10.50), we were already mentally calculating how long it would take to drive back to Sonoma the next day to get our fix. Three pieces of Fulton Valley Farms bird were dredged in a blend of corn flour, wheat flower, and cayenne before landing in the deep fryer. We assumed the bird was simply tossed with hot sauce after emerging form the oil: We should have known that instant addictions are seldom so simple.

After initially declining to reveal his secret, chef/owner Chad Harris finally disclosed that the chicken is painted with a “paste” of house-rendered lard and cayenne. It's one of the crispiest fried chickens we've ever gnawed our way through; also the messiest, due to a double dry-cleaning threat of juices squirting from the flesh and spicy fat just kind of dripping, well, everywhere.

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