Found: A Meal at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Found: A Meal at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

I'm not sure what I can say about Gus's that hasn't already been said at this point? It's a simple but beloved place, and while it's now a national chain, the original location was in Mason, Tennessee about an hour from downtown Memphis.

The second location is on Second Street downtown, and you'll usually find a long line, so be prepared to wait. The theme of the restaurant is Fried Things. Gus's has a handful of appetizers aka crispy-fried vegetables, slaw, baked beans, fries, white bread, desserts, more sides, and the main event: fried chicken.

Gus's fried chicken is practically perfect. Under the crispy, greasy skin is tender, juicy meat that's got more than a hint of spice. Expect to use a huge stack of napkins. The chicken definitely worth the wait: the downtown location is almost always packed with hungry Memphians with greasy fingers.

David Meany

You can order Gus's chicken in all sorts of combinations. If you're alone, I recommend the two-piece white meat meal. If you're with someone else or a few someones, you can't go wrong with ordering an Eight-Piece Family Meal and washing it down with some of their ridiculously sweet tea or a 40-ounce beer.

I recommend the Champagne of Beers, a Miller High Life, as perfect pairing to the kick-y chicken.

Go There:

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

310 South Front Street
Memphis, Tenn. 38103

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Don't forget the WHITE BREAD!
January 22, 2010 2:47pm

southern fried chicken, white bread and SLAW... yummy... I miss MEMPHIS
January 22, 2010 3:01pm

Mmmm...Gus' I'm hungry!
January 23, 2010 3:12pm

Reasons to Lov…
[...] around outside. A few nights ago, after killing the better part of an eight piece family meal at Gus’s with a friend, I took a long walk near the Mississippi [...]
September 15, 2010 3:53pm

Maybe I need to give Gus’s another chance. I see them on these lists all too much. I have nothing wonderful to say about the chicken I was served. The skin was tough and burnt, and my order alone was $16! No alcohol. I’m sticking w Popeyes.
September 16, 2020 7:21am

Holly Whitfield
Hi Michael, I've never had a bad experience, but I have heard that as Gus's food has been little less consistent recently, and it sounds like you went on an iffy day -- bummer! People always talk about Popeye's, but I've only had horrible experiences at that chain - food poisoning, wrong orders, inedible undercooked chicken. Just goes to show that fried chicken might be a tough one to pin down for consistency! On the other hand, I have always had delicious meals at Joe's Fried Chicken and Uncle Lou's, so if you want to support some other local establishments, they're worth a try!
September 16, 2020 9:51am