Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
1067 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
March 3, 2017
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is a small sized chain of fried chicken restaurants dotting the United States. Gus’s traces it’s origins to over 60 years ago in Mason, TN. The modern version of Gus’s that reopened in 1984 is now comprised at the time of this writing to 17 locations spread across mostly the South and Midwest with a few outliers such as Los Angeles, CA. The Fort Worth location opened in Fall of 2016 bringing the craving for Gus’s hot and spicy chicken to Cowtown.
The focus here is on fried chicken. Gus’s “Nashville Hot” as I call it is a spicy version of chicken setting back even the most brave of those among us. This fiery version would make just about anybody pause between bites to savor it and hopefully briefly tame the smoking hot chicken as it challenges the palate. Besides various selections of chicken in 2, 3 or half chicken combinations of white versus dark versus mixed Gus’s also offers a other items such as fried chicken tenders bearing their trademark spicy profile. Snacks are chicken only with a piece of white bread, meals are snacks with standard sides of cole slaw and baked beans. There is a good selection of sides that can be ordered individually or substituted for standard sides for a nominal charge per side.
We started our meal with an appetizer of Fried Pickle Spears ($6.50). These made from scratch pickle spears are coated and deep fried to a firm crispness on the outside, warm and tangy pickle inside. It is accompanied by a side of ranch dressing for dipping. Be sure and bite straight down and through these pickles. The spear inside is still firm and will literally pull away from the crunchy crust outside if you pull instead of biting. This appetizer is recommended. There are other southern staples to start such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Okra.
My entree for the evening was the Three Piece Dark Chicken Dinner ($8.95) consisting of one leg and two thighs. The chicken coating is spicy and crisply fried to a perfect crunch on the outside with juicy, flavorful meat on the inside. Each dinner is accompanied by two sides of Cole Slaw and Baked Beans. I substituted for a .50 cent charge the Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra. Both of these made from scratch sides were well prepared with good seasoning. The fried Okra was crispy fried as expected and the Mac and Cheese was a savory bowl of homemade comfort food. This entree and sides are recommended.
We each ordered a slice of pie and shared each around the table to get a good sampling of Gus’s desserts. I had the Chess Pie ($2.95) which was one of the best slices of chess pie I’ve had in recent memory. It was easily the best pie of the evening. Still good and right on it’s heels is the Chocolate Chess Pie ($2.95) full of chocolate goodness melded together with a chess pie. Rounding out our desserts was the Sweet Potato Pie ($2.95), another good rendition of a southern staple in pies. All of these desserts are recommended. Our only regrets were we didn’t have enough room for the Pecan and Coconut pies.
Gus’s is a casual restaurant so jeans or shorts are perfectly fine here. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking can be a bit of search in the always popular medical district. You’ll likely have to park on a side street and walk a block or walk a few blocks from the parking garage.
Conclusion: Gus’s is good southern cooking. I’ll be back but I’ll definitely bring my fire extinguisher. Man that chicken is hot!