“World famous for a reason”
In a tiny little town east of Memphis, not 10 yards off the main drag, sits a roadside shack with a broken-down sign and a packed parking lot. After almost 60 years in business, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is more of a tradition than a location, more an identity than a restaurant. The original location has spawned a chain of successful Memphis franchises. Even in today’s rocky economy, lil’ ol’ Gus’s is “too big to fail” among local lovers of this local icon.Regular patrons are fond of saying that Gus’s “is not fast food.” Be prepared to wait, or call ahead with your order. Whether you eat at the original family business out in Mason or one of the Memphis franchises, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken has the style and attitude of an old-school, blues-infused southern eatery. Wait your turn, pay your money, stay out of the way, make yourself at home. Do your time, and your reward will be a spectacular specimen of southern fried chicken glory.
I am normally pretty skeptical of anything billed as World Famous. Gus’s seems to think their chicken really is world famous. If it’s not, it very well should be. Years from now, I will be in Thailand, will wake up and CRAVE this chicken.
As we were walking up to Gus’s, the amazing smell overtook me & I commented how horrible it would be to live here and that I am pretty sure I would be fueled by chicken. A lady walking out of Gus’s heard me & laughed and we chatted a bit about how much she loves this food and that every Saturday she goes to work, involves lunch here. People have been really friendly here in Memphis, and nothing brings people together like food.
We ordered up two white meat plates and we dove in. A-MAZE-ING. If this was what fried chicken was like everywhere, I really would be fueled by chicken. The coating was spicy and crisp, and was not greasy at all. The chicken? So moist and juicy it was crazy. The beans had a great spice to them and the slaw was the only thing that didn’t wow me (but I am not a fan of KFC-ish slaw). The chicken, my friends. The chicken was the best I ever had. To confirm, I asked Keith was he thought, since he orders fried chicken more. He agreed. Best ever.
I recommend only going if there isn't a wait. Although the chicken was good, I personally couldn't find anything unique about it. The service was very friendly but we waited for over 30 minutes.
Great chicken, and crowded!!
Great fried Chicken! I was hungry for something kind of late at night and found out this place was open late and close to the hotel so I went down and ordered some takeout. It was delicious and really crowded, even at a late hour.
Amazing Fried chicken, definitely in my top 2.
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Gus's Fried Chicken
- Sun - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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