Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Joint and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Memphis, Memphis
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  • The Commercial Appeal
    "Definitely a contender for the best chicken in Memphis."(6 Tips)
    Brittney
    "Fried Green Tomatoes and a sweet tea are a must, too!"(13 Tips)
    Brian M.
    "Obviously get the fried chicken, and try the fried pickles too"(10 Tips)
    Larry G.
    "Try the Old Fashioned Coconut Pie - Nice and sweet"(3 Tips)
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  • Orion J.
    Fast hit and fresh! Christy how I like it
  • Gary T.
    Fried Chicken with Mac N Cheese
  • Paul W.
    Unbelievable fried chicken. Just enough spice and not greasy. Well worth the wait. We will make sure to go to Gus's every time we are in Memphis.
  • Tom A.
    Tom AronsonJanuary 24
    Do yourself a favor. Go here! Best fried chicken I've ever eaten.
  • Tony
    TonyOctober 9, 2016
    The best fried chicken!
  • Erin K.
    Erin KlingbergSeptember 22, 2016
    Delicious chicken with some free entertainment with singing coming from the kitchen! :) 20 piece family chicken deal with sides easily fed 7 people plus leftovers!
  • PureWow
    PureWowSeptember 9, 2016
    Perhaps the quintessential American fried chicken--juicy on the inside, crispy and salty on the outside, served with a side of slaw and baked beans on a gingham tablecloth. Read more
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah McCarthySeptember 5, 2016
    Chicken of course was great... And spicy.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarvelsAugust 1, 2016
    The chicken
  • Walt F.
    Walt FrancisJuly 29, 2016
    Great fried chicken
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenJuly 25, 2016
    Exactly as advertised - Hot, Spicy, & juicy fried chicken. The fried chicken plates come with coleslaw & beans, but can swap for other sides
  • Me M.
    Me MeJuly 24, 2016
    Very good Chicken...spicy but great food....fried pickles are awesome!
  • Shavonne
    ShavonneJuly 16, 2016
    Mmm mmmmm fried chicken 😋. Friendly staff, good sides and decent beer selection too.
  • Cassandra C.
    Cassandra CarpenterJune 24, 2016
    Fried chicken and coleslaw was amazing!
  • Bill C.
    Bill CrawfordJune 21, 2016
    There is no better fried chicken and as far as the rest of the Gus' locations, to me this is the best.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGJune 5, 2016
    A must have while visiting Memphis. Obviously get the fried chicken, and try the fried pickles too
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley M.May 27, 2016
    Make sure you have plenty of sweet tea in your glass when the food comes - the seasoning in the chicken makes you thirsty!
  • Bina W.
    Bina WadeMay 24, 2016
    This is absolutely the best fried chicken that I have ever tasted!!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff McAteeMay 6, 2016
    Best fried chicken I have ever had. Sorry Grama.
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MaysApril 10, 2016
    CHICKEN!!!!!!
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DowneyApril 9, 2016
    Chicken obviously...absolutely amazing
  • Kellee A.
    Kellee AbozoglaiApril 1, 2016
    Awesome Chicken! Great coconut pie! Everything was soooo good!
  • マリオ
    マリオMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Seasoning on the fried chicken is perfect. Food this good; no place for self-control
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmMarch 13, 2016
    Amazing fried chicken. Try the chess pie too
  • Mr M.
    Mr MaggioMarch 5, 2016
    Best fried spicy chicken ever
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyFebruary 13, 2016
    The fried chicken is world class, but don't miss the fried pickles too. Can't visit Memphis without going here.
  • Lee Ann Y.
    Lee Ann YoungJanuary 27, 2016
    That fried chicken is amazing!
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornDecember 26, 2015
    Best fried chicken I've ever had. Great fried pickles as well!
  • Larry B.
    Larry BryantDecember 7, 2015
    One of the best chicken joints in the city. The chicken is so phenomenal that you'll wanna come back
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresNovember 2, 2015
    Make sure to get some mac and cheese to go with your fried chicken.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CrawfordSeptember 29, 2015
    All I had was the chicken and it was flavored down to the bone!
  • Lynessa S.
    Lynessa SmithAugust 11, 2015
    Fried green tomatoes are pretty good! But the chicken is the BEST!
  • Mashall M.
    Mashall MominJuly 27, 2015
    Everything is amazing 😋
  • Whitney S.
    Whitney StameyJuly 22, 2015
    Fried chicken, sweet potato pie, baked beans, cole slaw, sweet tea
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DoyleJuly 18, 2015
    I like the fried green tomatoes..... Chicken was great if you like spicy....I ate it tho...😊
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline KerbyJuly 17, 2015
    The fried chicken was amazing!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MatkeJuly 8, 2015
    Chicken was fantastic. Glad we went!
  • Candy H.
    Candy HarrowayMay 30, 2015
    Everything....:-)
  • Nate M.
    Nate MarascoMay 12, 2015
    Consistently great Southern fried chicken and good turnip greens. Very reasonably priced.
  • Anu J.
    Anu JayasingheApril 27, 2015
    Best fried chicken I've ever had. Spicy and flavorful all the way through.
  • Janet
    JanetApril 25, 2015
    Chicken was good. Beans were amazing as well as the coconut pie
  • Herb Jackson Jr.
    Herb Jackson Jr.April 5, 2015
    Honestly some of the best fried chicken I've ever had 🐔
  • Shay T.
    Shay T.March 18, 2015
    Mac n cheese is sooo gooey. words can't express the delicious um um great. And the chicken is finger n lip smacking good
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierMarch 18, 2015
    Such good service and duh: get the chicken. Try fried tomatoes also.
  • Tamara B.
    Tamara BrownMarch 15, 2015
    Delicious chicken- good & spicy! Wait for 2 was 25 mins, but well worth it! Also try the sweet tea and fried green tomatoes.
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornMarch 2, 2015
    Best fried chicken I've ever had!
  • Susan D.
    Susan DavisFebruary 21, 2015
    Fried chicken, fries and greens, oh yeah.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best fried chicken in the city. Skip the sides, but make sure to save room for a slice of chess pie
  • Steven B.
    Steven BennettJanuary 8, 2015
    Best chicken in Memphis!
  • Maryam M.
    Maryam MalikJanuary 6, 2015
    It's the most delicious fried chicken that I have had in a while . Their fried rice are good too. Can't go wrong with this chicken in Memphis
  • Suzanne E J.
    Suzanne E JonesDecember 28, 2014
    Great chicken!! Nice little kick of spice. The Mac & cheese was amazing!! 20 min wait but well worth it
  • Rodney A.
    Rodney ArdoinDecember 27, 2014
    OMG...EVERYTHING IS GOOD HERE!!!
  • Marina
    MarinaDecember 2, 2014
    Fried green tomatoes. Oh my gah.
  • Michæl B.
    Michæl BrettNovember 30, 2014
    Fried green tomatoes to start followed by their famous, and very tasty, fried chicken
  • Peta S.
    Peta S.November 29, 2014
    You MUST try the chicken tenders! Add one to any meal option for $1.40!!! Perfecto :)
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 24, 2014
    Chicken lives up to the hype.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChildsOctober 20, 2014
    Get the dark meat!
  • Jerry M.
    Jerry MathisOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best chicken you will ever have. Highly recommend
  • Robert S.
    Robert SchuellerSeptember 16, 2014
    Fried chicken
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel Bastardo BlancoSeptember 6, 2014
    You don't know what fried chicken is until you eat Gus's.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Gus's as seen on Crave , Man vs Food , Food Paradise , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • David B.
    David BrayAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best fried chicken I have ever had. Do not leave Memphis without stopping at Gus' s for some fried chicken. You will not be disappointed.
  • David B.
    David BrayAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chicken is awesome, and the atmosphere is great.
  • Elizabeth H.
    Elizabeth HareAugust 13, 2014
    Fried chicken is of course the way to go
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 13, 2014
    World famous for a reason, amazing fried chicken, friendly service and lots of space
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaAugust 7, 2014
    Their 8 piece chicken family meal is enough to feed 2-3 people!
  • Jon S.
    Jon StinemetzAugust 6, 2014
    Tenders & dirty rice
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Sure, they have sides like coleslaw and baked beans, but the birds are the main event: Gus’s goes through 200 tons every year. The batter’s a little salty, a little spicy, and plenty crunchy. Read more
  • V C.
    V CJuly 16, 2014
    Really good fried chicken. FYI: their chicken are all spicy, so if you take kids, make sure they can eat them. Chicken tenders are less spicy than normal fried chicken.
  • Stefan O.
    Stefan OJune 14, 2014
    Asking 60+ yr old people for their ID when they want to order a beer is... ridiculous? stupid? hypocritical? disrespectful? unnecessary? absurd? lack of common sense?...
  • Taylor J.
    Taylor JacksonMay 12, 2014
    Get the fried pickles!
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki HarrisonMay 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My favourite food
  • Felicia G.
    Felicia G.May 3, 2014
    The fried pickles are the best that I have ever tasted!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RutledgeApril 10, 2014
    The Best!!!!!!
  • Cassandra A.
    Cassandra AckerMarch 15, 2014
    Come early and you will get the best seat!
  • Vasily K.
    Vasily KuznetsovFebruary 28, 2014
    Nothing really special. Just very very spicy chicken... And plastic forks and knifes, seriously?
  • Andy A.
    Andy AndersDecember 10, 2013
    Don't Know about the Famous part but its Damn Good Chicken
  • Ann D.
    Ann DexterDecember 1, 2013
    Best Fried Chicken in Town!
  • Rick O.
    Rick OverturfNovember 8, 2013
    Absolutley the best chicken in the mid south.
  • Evan T.
    Evan TrittOctober 7, 2013
    Don't miss the Pecan Pie.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HolmesSeptember 15, 2013
    Best. Chicken. Ever.
  • Dominar J.
    Dominar JVCSeptember 14, 2013
    Best fried chicken in the US...I have driven over 12 hours to get my fix!!!!
  • Russell W.
    Russell WarnerSeptember 12, 2013
    Best chicken in the world. I ordered a half chicken. I should have ordered 3 whole chickens!!
  • Denise M.
    Denise McAleerSeptember 9, 2013
    Great service, good fried pickles. Chicken is way over hyped. I was not impressed and have had better. It was good but I would never say it's the best chicken on earth.
  • Robin R.
    Robin ReevesSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the three piece dark! I substitute potato salad for the slaw! Sweet tea is truly the Southern House Wine!
  • Jacqui G.
    Jacqui GreenAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Returning customer:) Gus's is one of my favorite places to eat. So today I am ordering a three piece wing platter which comes with beans and slaw.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 23, 2013
    What ever they season the chicken with, yeeeeeees!
  • SacramentoMarko
    SacramentoMarkoJuly 25, 2013
    Take a picture of the bathroom and post it with the hashtag #gusstoilet.
  • Precious S.
    Precious SJuly 14, 2013
    Beware, my lips are hot! I usually order Thai food with 1 or less stars! Even the beans have heat!
  • Precious S.
    Precious SJuly 14, 2013
    You must try the fried green tomatoes!!!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BomarJune 25, 2013
    Best fried chicken ever
  • Jody M.
    Jody MayerJune 16, 2013
    Great chicken and they sell domestic beer 40 ouncers for $4.75 can't go wrong
  • Bigjt601
    Bigjt601May 19, 2013
    Best fried chicken in Memphis!!!
  • Bigjt601
    Bigjt601May 19, 2013
    Chicken done right
  • Jason Oliver A.
    3 pieces dark, AWESOME! Their coleslaw is the BEST in Memphis.
  • Jermaine C.
    Jermaine ConleyApril 24, 2013
    Get the fried rice as a side, that shit is the bomb!!!!
  • Gavin A.
    Gavin AndersonApril 24, 2013
    Be aware that this is extremely spicy chicken, so if you and spicy don't agree, you WILL NOT enjoy this chicken. You will be miserable. Speaking from experience.
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MaytonMarch 30, 2013
    Don't pysch yourself into thinking you have to drive out to the original location in Mason. This is better and has a friendlier staff.
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YoungerMarch 18, 2013
    Thanks for us finding this place from watching Diners Drive In and Dives
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YoungerMarch 18, 2013
    Best chicken I have ever eaten
  • Loli M.
    Loli MolinaApril 17, 2014
    Best fried chicken EVER! El mejor pollo frito que podáis comer.
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