Gus's Fried Chicken in Mid-City has joined the list of restaurants bringing Southern fried chicken to the West Coast. The short, succinct menu specializes in its namesake fried chicken, but it also offers a delicious appetizer seldom seen on L.A. menus: fried green tomatoes. As for the spicy fried chicken — yes, it is fiendishly delicious, with its shatteringly crisp, mahogany-hued batter revealing tender meat within. The far-from-overpowering spice of the batter truly grows on you. Two-piece, three-piece or half-chicken combination plates are served with sweet, meaty barbecue beans, a sprightly coleslaw and plain white bread, a reminder of the humble roots of the fried chicken.
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