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Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken

310 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
+1 901-527-4877
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Ranked #2 of 1,261 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, South American, Chicken Wings
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: At Gus's we're all about the food! Gus's restaurants are low-key with a southern flare where you will hear soulful classics emitting from the jukebox. Many people call Gus's a "blues-infused southern eatery." At Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken we focus on the chicken! We begin by using quality chicken which is treated to our special preparation techniques before being marinated in our proprietary batter. Once it's properly fried to a crisp golden-brown, we serve it up with a plate full of southern inspired sides and a cold beer or sweet tea. The result? Customers line up at our door before we're even open!
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The food is so good here I have drove 2 hours just to eat there. This has been one of my favorites for years. Everyone that eats chicken should eat here. It will not let you down!!

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Dandridge, Tennessee
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155 reviews 155 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome. Fiance and I gave it a try for lunch when we were in Memphis for business with the Coast Guard for a week, and everything was shut down for 4 inches of snow on the ground, but Gus' was open for lunch. Based off of reviews and just in the mood for fried chicken, we made... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We took the Memphis Walking Ghost tour one evening. The tour passed right by Gus’ restaurant. The next day we were looking for a mid-afternoon meal and saw Gs’ again and decided to try it. The restaurant is a local favorite as evidenced by the crowd. We had a short wait for our group of five. We had fried chicken... More

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Great food. Fried chicken is awesome and gets a lot of attention but we were most impressed with the sides. Baked beans, slaw, greens, and fried rice were perfect. Simple is the best. Our waitress was genuinely friendly and wonderful. In fact, it was the best place we ate at during our 3 day stay.

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Bristol
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114 reviews 114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The chicken here is out of this world, it's neither dry or too greasy and it's perfectly crispy. It is a little spicy but not too much giving it a slight heat. This place is cheap and cheerful and a must do in Memphis, yum!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great signature memphis restaurant. Food is awesome, the service is fast aND friendly. I would eat here again and again. Locals and visitors love it.

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

In a nondescript, old warehouse-like building in Memphis where the tables are covered with checkered vinyl table cloths, you'll find what could be the best fried chicken you'll ever sample. The servers are friendly and the service quick. The chicken, crisp outside, hot, juicy and tender inside. Get an order of fried green tomatoes and a cold beer. It's a... More

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Los Gatos
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Was looking for some real Southern fried chicken. Don't know if this is more representative of the genre than KFC but it was just delicious. Best we ever had so we went back twice.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We went to Memphis anticipating some solid barbecue, but it was suggested we hit Gus' while in town. I'll admit, I wasn't overly excited about the prospect of fried chicken, but I sure am glad we went. It was so good, I look forward to a return trip for chicken as much, if not more, than for barbecue.

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Cordova, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I've seen Gus's on countless Food Network tv shows, and I've heard everyone say how good the chicken is. I've lived in Memphis for 17 years and I've never been to Gus's, so I just didn't get it... but now I do. This is honestly, without a doubt, THE BEST fried chicken I've EVER had. Yes, it's "just" fried chicken...... More

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