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Gus's World Famous Hot and Spicy Chicken

310 South Front Street, Memphis, TN - (901) 527-4877
Here is some of the nation's best fried chicken. Each piece is encased in an envelope that vigorously crunches, then offers rapturous chew, all the while radiating the ecstatic flavor combo of chicken fat and pepper. Dining at Gus's is an adventure. On a ravaged street, it regularly posts a security guard on the sidewalk so that visitors will feel safe between car and front door.
92% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Pie
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Chicken
Fried Dill Pickles

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"I'm not sure about Gus's claim to be world famous; but if it is not, it deserves to be. Here is some of the nation's best fried chicken. Each piece, dark and white, is encased in an envelope that vigorously crunches then offers rapturous chew, all the while radiating ..."   [Read More]
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Anne Ritchings - Photos (5)
June 06, 2009
"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 ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

310 South Front Street, Memphis, TN
(901) 527-4877

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
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


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


Can there be such a thing as too many fried green tomatoes?  We don't think so.
"Can there be such a thing as too many fried green tomatoes? We don't think so."
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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