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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken Review

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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is something of an institution in the Memphis area and has been featured on several Food Network shows. Somehow, though, I had managed to overlook this gem of a restaurant for years. As a lifelong Memphian, it's almost a crime that I had never eaten Gus's chicken until quite recently.

For the record, this review will only cover the food at Gus's as we got it to-go. I have still not eaten inside of a Gus's restaurant.

I was introduced to Gus's when a friend brought some over for lunch one day. She seemed surprised that I had never had it before and reminded me that, "it's kind of a big deal around here." She brought an eight piece sack of chicken with the standard assortment of breasts, wings, legs, and thighs; a side of cole slaw; and a side of beans. The meal also included two slices of store-bought white bread cut into triangles.

The chicken was piping hot and extremely crispy. So far, so good. When I tried it, though, I was surprised to find that the chicken was somewhat spicy, as well. Personally, I thought the spices offered a reasonable amount of heat without being overbearing (or painful). Others I know have found it to be too hot. In any case, the flavor was delicious and I immediately understood why Gus's is "world famous."

The cole slaw was equally good. It was finely chopped with a sweet dressing. I thought it was great. The beans, on the other hand, were okay but nothing special. They were typical baked beans that you might find anywhere.

As for the white bread, we thought it was kind of a ridiculous addition to the meal. I mean, it was store-bought white bread. My lunch-mates and I thought Gus's should probably spring for Texas toast or biscuits or rolls, etc.

The next day, I got to have leftover Gus's for lunch. I like my leftover chicken cold and Gus's chicken was no exception. Admittedly, all hint of crispiness was gone and the spicy heat was a bit more intense than it had been the day before. Nevertheless, it was delicious.

While I haven't had the chance to sample Gus's other offerings yet, I have heard that they serve up some excellent southern favorites like fried okra, turnip greens, and pecan pie.

If your mouth is watering but you can't make it to Gus's right now, check out the 25+ fried chicken recipes from the About.com Guide to Southern Cooking.


There are five Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken locations in the Memphis area:
  • Downtown
    310 South Front Street
    Memphis, TN
    (901) 527-4877 ‎
  • Cordova
    2965 North Germantown Road # 111
    Memphis, TN
    (901) 373-9111 ‎
  • Collierville
    215 South Center Street
    Collierville, TN
    (901) 853-6005
  • Mason (the original)
    505 Highway 70 W
    Mason, TN
    (901) 294-2028
  • Southaven
    7065 Airways Blvd, Suite 101
    Southaven, MS
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