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Gus's World Famous Hot and Spicy Chicken

310 South Front Street, Memphis, TN - (901) 527-4877
Posted By Anne Ritchings on 6/6/2009 1:08:00 PM
In Memphis, when people talk about Gus's they get a dreamy look on their faces and I could swear that I can see them salivating at the thought of his fried chicken. After having tasted his chicken, I share their faraway look and their anticipation.

The chicken is hot and juicy with a crispy and spicy crust. I know that there is no such thing as the "Best Fried Chicken," but while I am eating it I could easily imagine that this is it. The coleslaw is a sweet rendition of this venerable side, but it was a good version, not so sweet that you thought you were eating cabbage for dessert.

While we waited for the chicken, we had fried dill pickles and fried green tomatoes. The crust is a bit thick on both of these but they are delicious, served piping hot; tart and tangy pairs extremely well with the slight sweetness of the batter.

Sweet tea and beer are available for your pleasure.

This was our second visit to Gus's and it is on our list of places we must visit when we are in Memphis.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The meat within is moist and full-flavored, but the crust that surrounds it is luxury incarnate -- maximum umami.
"The meat within is moist and full-flavored, but the crust that surrounds it is luxury incarnate -- maximum umami."
Michael Stern





When we saw coconut pie on the menu, we assumed it would be a coconut cream pie.  Instead, this is more of a chess pie, with a layer of coconut on top.  Our waitress Adrienne recommended in having it served warm, which was good advice.
"When we saw coconut pie on the menu, we assumed it would be a coconut cream pie. Instead, this is more of a chess pie, with a layer of coconut on top. Our waitress Adrienne recommended in having it served warm, which was good advice."
Cliff Strutz


The sound of teeth crunching through the batter envelope around this drumstick is audible ecstacy.
"The sound of teeth crunching through the batter envelope around this drumstick is audible ecstacy."
Michael Stern


A close view of a Gus's wing only hints at just how succulent it is.
"A close view of a Gus's wing only hints at just how succulent it is."
Michael Stern


Sandy texture with just the right amount of tartness, the fried green tomatoes are the best side here at Gus's.
"Sandy texture with just the right amount of tartness, the fried green tomatoes are the best side here at Gus's."
Cliff Strutz


We love the fried dill pickles.  What a great combination of textures and tastes.
"We love the fried dill pickles. What a great combination of textures and tastes."
Anne Ritchings


Crispy, spicy, and piping hot: it may be the best or, at the very least, a strong contender for the title.
"Crispy, spicy, and piping hot: it may be the best or, at the very least, a strong contender for the title."
Anne Ritchings


My favorite fried dill pickle anywhere, retaining nice cucumber crunch, its tart flesh and luxurious batter an irresistible appetizer.
"My favorite fried dill pickle anywhere, retaining nice cucumber crunch, its tart flesh and luxurious batter an irresistible appetizer."
Michael Stern


One of the fry cooks shows off his bounty of golden deliciousness!
"One of the fry cooks shows off his bounty of golden deliciousness!"
Cliff Strutz


Listen to the neon chicken!
"Listen to the neon chicken!"
Cliff Strutz


The dining room isn't that large and fills up quickly.  Best to come early, if you don't want to stand in line.
"The dining room isn't that large and fills up quickly. Best to come early, if you don't want to stand in line."
Anne Ritchings


Friday night at Gus's, the dining room is full and there is a crowd of people waiting outside on the sidewalk.
"Friday night at Gus's, the dining room is full and there is a crowd of people waiting outside on the sidewalk. "
Michael Stern


This chicken may not be world famous, but it is famous all over Memphis.
"This chicken may not be world famous, but it is famous all over Memphis."
Anne Ritchings



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