The bird is the word at Outlanders Southern Chicken

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Three jumbo tenders, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle are sandwiched between thick slices of Texas toast for the chicken tender sandwich.(Photo: Trisha Boyer / For The Tennessean)Buy Photo

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Name: Outlanders Southern Chicken

Location: 7215 Nolensville Road, Nolensville

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Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Expense ranking: $3.99-$9.99

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Indoors and out, Outlanders' rustic dining areas are warm and inviting. (Photo: Trisha Boyer / For The Tennessean)

Ambiance: A sunny afternoon drive into Nolensville lulls you into the idylls of rural living. But looking right and left, you quickly realize that those quiet days are numbered. With housing developments, strip malls and all manner of development cropping up at an undeniable clip, the country landscape is changing.

Reaching Outlanders Southern Chicken transports you right back to that unmistakable small town charm. With picnic tables scattered beneath string lights on the side lawn, and walls covered floor to ceiling with license plates, art and loads of memorabilia, the rustic dining room is warm and inviting.

The day we arrived, the entire operation seemed to be manned by a group of teens, which is not a complaint. Whether pausing to pass a 25-cent ice cream cone to a kid, or taking orders for the long line of chicken-seekers, service was beyond friendly and efficient.

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What to eat: Rather than focusing on a long menu with endless choices, Outlanders specializes in fresh chicken, in-house cut fries and a variety of homemade sauces.

Chicken tenders are marinated and cooked to order — fried, grilled or tossed in your favorite sauce — and can be enjoyed a variety of ways, including as baskets with fries, Texas toast and dipping sauces ($7.99-9.99), or as a chicken tender sandwich ($6.99) on Texas toast with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Wings ($5.99-$19.99) are marinated for 24 hours in a special blend of Southern spices and served “naked” or tossed with one of more than a dozen specialty sauces. The kids meal ($3.99) comes with one jumbo tender, plenty of fries, drink and a mini ice cream cone.

And in keeping with the family theme, curbside service is also available. I’m looking forward to getting back in to try the Fried Buffalo Mac-N-Chz ($5.99). With hickory-smoked bacon and house made habanero ranch, it sounds like comfort food worthy of these frigid winter temps.

The mini ice cream cone (25 cents) is just the right bite of something cool and sweet, or if you’re in the mood for chocolate, The Rocky Mountain Black Pot Brownie ($1.99) will not disappoint. It’s rich and dense and made even better with a quick shot of vanilla soft-serve.

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The Rocky Mountain Black Pot Brownie is made even better with a quick shot of vanilla soft-serve. (Photo: Trisha Boyer / For The Tennessean)

What to drink: Cream Sickle, root beer or Coke floats ($3.49) pair perfectly with spicy chicken, as do any of the bottled or craft beers on tap (domestic bottle $3.25/import bottle $4.25/mico-brew draft $5). You can even grab a 64-ounce growler to go ($10) on your way out.

Of note: Outlanders takes pride in giving back to the community in many ways. One way they contribute is by donating all of the ice cream money to local charities.

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