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Hot Chicken Jumps the Shark With KFC's 'Nashvilles' Food Truck Tour

Prepare to move on to the next big food trend.

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There was a time not too long ago when hot chicken was a Nashville-specific delicacy, relatively unknown to the rest of the country. Those days are over, and Kentucky Fried Chicken is killing the trend with a food truck tour that will stop at eight different Nashvilles across America. The tour mostly stretches across the midwest, according to a Wednesday announcement from KFC:

  • January 7 — Nashville Village, Ohio
  • January 8 — Nashville Village, Mich.
  • January 10 — Nashville, Ind.
  • January 11 — Nashville, Ill.
  • January 12 — Nashville Town, Wisc.
  • January 14 — Nashville Township, Minn.
  • January 16 — Nashville City, Kan.
  • January 20 — Nashville Town, N.C.

KFC previously announced the addition of hot chicken to its menu, though it curiously launched the dish in Pittsburgh. It seems the company is attempting to market the Nashville staple while avoiding the most famous Nashville — you know, the one in Tennessee — altogether. The chain says the food truck tour is meant to take the dish to "Nashvilles that don't have a KFC." Hot chicken will make a nationwide debut for KFC sometime after the tour ends.

"After trying Nashville hot chicken in Tennessee, I simply couldn't believe it wasn't available in every Nashville around the country," KFC U.S. chief marketing officer Kevin Hochman said in a prepared statement. "So we tested it in Pittsburgh and they loved it. OK, none of this makes sense, but I can promise you KFC Nashville Hot will make perfect sense for your taste buds. The spicy, smoky, crispy flavor is literally like no other spicy chicken you have ever tried."

Rest in peace, national hot chicken trend. You were good while you lasted.

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