Sunday, December 17

An Outsider’s Guide to Memphis Restaurants: Gus’s Fried Chicken

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How I came to find Gus’s Fried Chicken:  Since moving to Memphis, I consistently heard people talk about Gus’s being the best chicken restaurant in town.  I was inspired to go after watching Gus’s being featured on “Man Vs. Food,” with Adam Richman.  After living in Memphis for six months, I have yet to hear a Memphian say a bad thing about Gus’s fried chicken.

First impression—There are three Gus’s in the Memphis area.  We went to the Gus’s on in Memphis.  On first impression, Gus’s is definitely a locals joint.  There is a variety of beer selection, including Budweiser in a 12 oz. bottle, 20 oz. can, or 40 oz. bottle.  Not sure if you can get the 40 oz. in a paper bag, though.  We went on a Thursday, at about 1:00, but Gus’s was still full from the lunch crowd.  We waited about 15 minutes to be seated.

Food—I got the white chicken 2 piece combo, with beans & coleslaw & sweet tea.  The sweet tea definitely lives up to its name, so be prepared.  After about 10 minutes, the chicken came out, straight from the fryer.  I took one bite and knew it was the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.  I ate the rest of my meal without talking to my friends because I had to concentrate on the chicken’s goodness.  I don’t know what makes the chicken so good, but I do not think I will find better chicken than Gus’s.  I’m not sure what the beans and coleslaw tasted like.  I ate them, but having just experienced Gus’ chicken, I wasn’t paying attention.  I’m sure they were good.  My only regret was not getting a 3-piece chicken plate.

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