Austin is known for its Tex Mex and mouthwatering barbecue, but it turns out, fried chicken may be in its future as well. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, a Memphis fried-chicken chain, has made its way to Austin and is quickly becoming popular for its truly buzz?-worthy chicken. However, Gus’s isn’t entirely new to the Austin food scene. The establishment moved to the Texas city in 2013, replacing a Mongolian Grill downtown. Since then, however, owners have completely refurbished the restaurant, taking the interior design from fast-food restaurant to an intimate Southern-style diner. And according to food critics at the Austin Chronicle, this restaurant serves some of the best fried chicken around town.
If you stop into this Southern establishment, you can choose from three types of chicken: white, dark or half chicken, which means it comes with one piece of each. You can be sure that whatever type of fried chicken you order will be perfectly golden and crispy on the outside with moist chicken on the inside. However, Gus’s fried chicken comes with a bit of spice, so be ready for some heat. Nobody is quite sure how the restaurant makes such perfect chicken – the recipe is a closely guarded family secret. Attend an Austin culinary arts school to learn how to make your very own fried chicken.
Accompanying your plate of delicious chicken are baked beans seasoned with ketchup and brown sugar, slaw, fried green tomatoes, and if you choose, a mug of Austin Beer Works brew. You can choose from other sides as well, such as sweet turnip greens, creamy mac and cheese and fried pickles. Be sure to save room for dessert as well – choose from pecan and sweet potato pie, chocolate chess pie or coconut chess pie.
“Man v. Food” appearance
“Man v. Food” host Adam Richman got the chance to bite into some of Gus’s famous crispy yet spicy fried chicken. Richman visited the Memphis location that was started by owner Vernon Gus Bonner and wife Gertrude, who took over his father’s fried chicken shop in Mason, Tenn. The establishment was so popular, Vernon Bonner opened a second location in 2001. The original Gus’s Fried Chicken was founded in the 1950s by Napoleon Bonner, who named the establishment after his son.
Richman raved about the perfect combination of crispy breaded coating, spice and moist chicken. He even enjoyed a piece of Gus’s famous chicken with creamy Ranch dressing. The coolness of the Ranch contrasted beautifully with the spiciness of the chicken.