Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken
Los Angeles, California 90019
Anne Fishbein Gus's hot fried chicken
- Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Lunch, Dinner
- Kid Friendly
Gus's originated in Mason, Tennessee, as a family business that dates back to the 1960s, but it's now a bona fide national chain, with 24 restaurants across the South and Midwest. The L.A. location, which opened in June 2016 at the corner of Crenshaw and Pico in Mid-City, was the first Gus's west of Texas. (It has since been joined by locations in Burbank and Long Beach.) Unlike the Nashville-style hot-chicken joints, Gus's does not have different categories of spiciness. There's only one level: "hot & spicy." Plates come with two or three pieces of chicken, white or dark meat, atop a slice of white bread and with baked beans and coleslaw as sides. The coating on the chicken is thin and shattery. It seems as if they have somehow taken the skin of the chicken, imbued it with a slow-burning heat and lots of salt, and crisped it to the point where the fat has liquefied and re-fused and created a perfect amalgamation of crackling schmaltz and cayenne. Yes, the interior is juicy, even on the white meat, and if you order the three-piece dark meat plate, you may find yourself dazed and covered in red and brown grease and wondering where all that chicken went when you had planned to take at least one piece home with you. And maybe you want another piece. Maybe you could just sit here and eat this chicken indefinitely. - Besha Rodell
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