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Downtown, Lunch, Family Friendly, Take Out, Homestyle: The basic brick building on South Front might scare some folks away – but trust us, walk in and load up. Gus's is a franchise of the original in Mason, about an hour from Memphis; that eatery opened in 1953 and the chicken was served up in a paper sack. This is the real deal spicy, crunchy, and juicy, served with white bread. And be patient - your particular order doesn't hit the oil until you've ordered. Cold beer (served up in 40-ounce cans) is a nice contrast to the hot chicken. Sides and starters include fried pickles and green tomatoes, beans and slaw, and strangely enough – fried rice. Assuming you have any room left, chess pie is the way to go for dessert.

Best Value: The basic brick building on South Front might scare some folks away – but trust us, walk in and load up. Gus's is a franchise of the original in Mason, about an hour from Memphis; that eatery opened in 1953 and the chicken was served up in a paper sack. This is the real deal spicy, crunchy, and juicy, served with white bread. And be patient - your particular order doesn't hit the oil until you've ordered. Cold beer (served up in 40-ounce cans) is a nice contrast to the hot (as in, spicy!) chicken. Sides and starters include fried pickles and green tomatoes, beans and slaw, and strangely enough – fried rice. Assuming you have any room left, chess pie is the way to go for dessert.

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Local Expert Sally Walker Davies Says:

Downtown, Best Value, Lunch, Family Friendly, Take Out, Homestyle: "There are also locations in East Memphis and Collierville for those who can't make it downtown."

Best for Downtown Because: We just can't resist Gus's - and love the mixed crowd of tourists, locals, and fried chicken lovers we meet here.

Recommended as Best Value Because: You can order by the piece at Gus's - and for about $5, get a huge fried chicken breast and thigh.

Best for Lunch Because: Gus's is quick a easy - and if you follow that 'eat like a prince at lunch' advice, the perfect choice for a filling meal.

Best for Family Friendly Because: Gus's is a perfect place for the family - sides are sized for sharing.

Best for Take Out Because: It's simple: if we take out, no one know how much fried chicken we've consumed.

Best for Homestyle Because: We are simply addicted to Gus's spicy recipe and crunchy batter.

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