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We’ll see your colonel and raise you a king! If you’re only going have one piece of fried chicken during your Deep South road trip, make it Gus’s World Famous Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken in Memphis.

Gus's Fried Chicken, Memphis

Trust us. Gus’s chicken is as crispy and juicy as it’s hot and spicy. Substantial too: their fresh, hormone-free chicken comes straight from the fryer with more than enough meat on the bone to keep you rocking ‘n’ rolling for the rest of the day. Don’t bother asking for the recipe, because nobody’s telling.

We recommend ordering a 2-piece plate with a breast, a wing and Gus’ and Gertrude’s equally world-famous baked beans and slaw. Their fried pickles and green tomatoes are excellent too, just like their coconut pie.

Digging into the delicious deep-fried magic is easy: Gus’s humble Downtown location is no more than a 10-minute walk from Beale Street, the Rock ‘n Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum. Don’t sweat the line at the door, we’ve never waited more than 20 minutes to get in.

Besides the Downtown Memphis restaurant, you can get your hot-and-spicy fix at Gus’s locations in East Memphis and nearby Southaven as well. And in Lexington, Knoxville, New Orleans, Austin, Missouri, California and more: Gus’s proudly serves its beloved secret recipe in 30 fried-chicken joints all over America.

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