Hot Chick, the newest restaurant concept by Richmond-based Eat Restaurant Partners – the team behind local favorites Wong Gonzalez and Pizza & Beer of Richmond, among others – is giving people a new reason to visit the newly reopened 17th Street Farmers Market area.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

The “fried chicken joint” officially opened its doors on Jan. 23, unveiling a space that delightfully marries chicken coop chic details with a sophisticated full-service restaurant and bar, in unexpected ways. Colorful shiplap punctuates certain spaces lending a playful vibe, while chicken wire lines the upstairs balcony area and wire egg baskets – complete with faux eggs – have been repurposed as lighting fixtures.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

Grand Opening Hot Chick

The impressive menu by Executive Chef Mike Lindsay features elevated fried chicken sandwiches as well as plates inspired by flavors of the southeast, from Nashville Hot to Carolina Comfort – with pimento cheese making more than one appearance throughout.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

Starters include Hot Cheddar Biscuits drizzled in honey butter; Hot Chick Poutine – sweet potato waffle fries topped with pimento cheese, smoked bacon gravy, and green onions; and, of course, Wings – chicken or cauliflower – and tossed with one of seven sauces.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

The obvious stars the of the menu are the chicken sandwiches: delicately fried and dressed with an assortment of mouth-watering toppings that have you questioning how you can possibly fit the whole thing in your mouth. Standouts include the Smoke Show, topped with Carolina BBQ sauce, pimento cheese, bacon, dill pickles, and smoky honey mustard; and the Bad Mutha Clucka, two Nashville hot chicken breasts, slab bacon, ranch slaw, smoky honey mustard, pickles, spicy ranch, and muenster cheese.

 Grand Opening Hot Chick

Not to be outdone, the Creative Comforts portion of the menu can certainly hold its own with plates including the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, and, because this is the south after all, Chicken and Waffle, featuring fried chicken tenders, honey butter, spicy honey, and caramel maple syrup atop a giant waffle.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

Grand Opening Hot Chick

For those with a sweet tooth, Hot Chick will not disappoint. From the Banana Pudding dressed up with white chocolate cream, bananas, vanilla wafers, candied walnuts, salted caramel, and whipped cream, to the Sugar High Waffle topped with cinnamon-sugar, ice cream, bacon, candied walnuts, salted caramel, and powdered sugar, Hot Chick will end your meal on a sweet note.

Grand Opening Hot Chick

Grand Opening Hot Chick

Hot Chick is located along the newly renovated 17th Street Farmers Market Plaza, at 17th and 7th.
Visit hotchickrva.com for more information or find them on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

 Grand Opening Hot Chick