"One guy was eating the peach cobbler and he looks into the kitchen and goes, 'Is my mom in the kitchen?" laughs Ben Grossman (Smoke Joint), describing the homey reaction to his and partner Craig Samuel's Southern-food spot in Bed-Stuy. Home-cooking home run! It's the sister restaurant to nearby soul-food joint Peaches, but the "Hot" in HotHouse comes from the showstopper here: Nashville-style chicken. They're super-spicy cluckers that Grossman marinates overnight in a mix of habanero and cayenne peppers, allowing the heat to come from within and to build up with each bite. (A milder version is available as well, sans the marinade.) The "New Southern American" menu, as Grossman calls it, also includes a risotto-style rice bowl with crab, tomatoes and grilled corn; fried green tomatoes with double-smoked bacon; and grits, grits, grits. "It's got a real honky-tonk feel to it," Grossman says. Heeeee-haw!