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Since I’m from the south, I automatically assume I’ll never find a fried chicken as delicious as one served south of the Mason-Dixon line.

But all my preconceived notions were thrown into the deep fryer after eating the Nashville-style hot chicken at Peaches HotHouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

An order of chicken — served “hot” style, I didn’t have the courage ramp it up to “extra hot” — costs only $12 for three pieces of bird, cornbread, pickles and a side of collard greens.

The sides were great and all, but the star of the show was the chicken.

The crust is covered in cayenne, pepper, and other tongue-teasing tastes before the bird is fried hard — a style unique to Tennessee.

That means the skin packs some real crunch to go along with spice.

Indeed, the chicken is fried so hard that it isn’t too greasy. The white bread slice that sits under the bird — it’s a Southern think, folks — is barely wet after the meal.

But that doesn’t mean the chicken is dry, quite the contrary. It’s juicy and delicious, beckoning you to put out the fire in your mouth by eating more.

I also took advantage of the joint’s in-house hot sauce, and after one drumstick I was wiping my brow from the heat.

This HotHouse isn’t blowing hot air: it has quickly leaped to the top of the soul food scene, right alongside Mitchell’s on Vanderbilt Avenue and Ruthie’s on DeKalb Avenue.

The more fried chicken the merrier, we say.

Peaches HotHouse [415 Tompkins Ave. at Hancock Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 483-9111].

Updated 4:21 pm, April 29, 2013
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Reasonable discourse

Brooklyn child says:
There is another place, Royals Rib House (on Halsey St.) which has been a soul food haven in Bed-Stuy 30 years or more.
Sept. 7, 2010, 10:13 am
Dee from Clintonhill says:
Brooklyn child took the words out of my mouth. Royal Ribs hasnt been in business over 30 years cause they have lousy food. Just the opposite. Their food is worth the wait and long lines. They are the best soul food restaurant hands down and you get your moneys worth unlike like the other places. When other places where charging 12 dollars years ago, they charged 8 and 9 for ribs.Their dinners arent even 12 dollars now.The half chicken of bbq chicken is not even eleven dollars.Their sides go with any meat you order.Now I am hungry and wish they were open today cause I would head right over.
Sept. 7, 2010, 11:25 am
Juanita from Bed-Sty says:
Don't understand Dee from Clintonhill's comment, you first said that the food was lousy and then said they are the best soul food hands down. I want to take your weord and try them but I'm confused.
Sept. 7, 2010, 12:59 pm
Trixie says:
Juanita, Dee did not say that the food was lousy. She used phrasing that is quite common and understood to convey that the reason this establishment has been in business for over 30 years is NOT because the food is lousy. To the contrary, they have been in business for over 30 years because the food is NOT lousy.
Sept. 19, 2010, 11:29 am

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