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.