January 18, 2019

Inside Downtown's Southern-Style Restaurant Fiery Hen, a New Hot Chicken Joint

Cincinnatians can now scorch their little ol' tastebuds on some Southern-style hot chicken via Fiery Hen, a new chicken restaurant helmed by Dan Swormstedt, owner of neighboring Court Street Lobster Bar. Located at 26 W. Court St., Fiery Hen offers a menu — developed by chef Clint Walker — featuring Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, catfish, burgers, fried green tomatoes, brisket and more. Sides run the gamut from greens with smoked turkey to honey cornbread and macaroni and cheese. There will also be moonshine flights, in partnership with Ole Smoky Moonshine, and 12 taps of local beer, among other beverages. “We’re looking forward to bringing the recipes from our grandparents’ tables and libations from their backwoods' stills to the forefront of our tastefully Southern menu,” Swormstedt said in a press release. According to the same release, "Swormstedt’s uniquely crafted hot chicken recipe features a laborious methodology including massaged hen with cayenne-heavy rub. After it is fried, guests can choose a level of heat, with sauces ranging from mild to the cleverly coined 'Bless Your Heart' sauce." The 78-seater restaurant, built in 1875, features a garage door in the bar area to create an indoor/outdoor space. They also have a stage for live entertainment, which will take place each Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday. 26 W. Court St., Downtown, fieryhencincy.com.
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Fiery Hen
26 W. Court St., Downtown
This Nashville-style hot chicken eatery opened in January and is from the team behind Court Street Lobster Bar.
Photo via Facebook.com/FieryHen

Fiery Hen

26 W. Court St., Downtown
This Nashville-style hot chicken eatery opened in January and is from the team behind Court Street Lobster Bar.
Photo via Facebook.com/FieryHen
A spread of menu items available at Fiery Hen
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
A spread of menu items available at Fiery Hen
Dining and bar space
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
Dining and bar space
The hot chicken sandwich ($9) with Commodore Caliente, slaw, pickles and pimento cheese. Sandwiches come with fries or Saratoga chips.
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
The hot chicken sandwich ($9) with Commodore Caliente, slaw, pickles and pimento cheese. Sandwiches come with fries or Saratoga chips.
Fiery Hen has 12 beer taps which include local options like Rhinegeist beers and a hard selter from Karrikin Distilling Co.
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
Fiery Hen has 12 beer taps which include local options like Rhinegeist beers and a hard selter from Karrikin Distilling Co.
Ma and cheese side ($6)
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
Ma and cheese side ($6)
Inside Downtown's Southern-Style Restaurant Fiery Hen, a New Hot Chicken Joint
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
The bar
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
The bar
Side of greens with smoked turkey
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
Side of greens with smoked turkey
Smoked chicken dip ($6), with smoked chicken, pimento cheese and pretzel bread
Hailey Bollinger and Izzy Viox
Smoked chicken dip ($6), with smoked chicken, pimento cheese and pretzel bread