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#3031164 - 11/13/12 10:54 AM Gus's Chicken
BamaProud
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I just found out they have a place in Bartlett. Anyone know if its the same as the famous place known for its spicy chicken in Downtown Memphis?
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#3031175 - 11/13/12 11:00 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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Yep same thing.
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#3031176 - 11/13/12 11:01 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: beechnut]
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Got one in Nashville as well.
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#3031181 - 11/13/12 11:03 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: jb3]
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cool...gonna hit it for lunch tomorrow. Been wanting to try it but I don't get downtown much.
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#3031192 - 11/13/12 11:07 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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Theres another one near the half shell on Mendenhall.
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#3031369 - 11/13/12 01:30 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: beechnut]
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The one in Bartlett has actually been there for quite awhile, at least if you're talking about the one on Gtown near 64. A friend of mine opened that franchise many years ago, but ended up selling it. All of them have the same chicken, but the side items might vary by location.
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#3031375 - 11/13/12 01:33 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BigAl]
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We use to have one here in Dyersburg. I miss that place! They had some dang good chitlins in the fall also! ;\)
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#3031378 - 11/13/12 01:35 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: beechnut]
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I went to the one in Nashville and was extremely disappointed. I doubt I will ever go back. The service was horrible and some of the prices were inflated. We got a side of fried pickle spears and we got 6 spears for $6. The fried tomatoes were about as economical. The cole slaw and potato salad tasted like they bought them next store at the Kroger deli and the beans were straight from a can. The chicken was good but they don't give you the option as to the heat level like the one in Memphis.
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#3031652 - 11/13/12 04:32 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
I just found out they have a place in Bartlett. Anyone know if its the same as the famous place known for its spicy chicken in Downtown Memphis?


Actually, the "famous" place Downtown is a spinoff franchise of the world famous original in Mason, TN. All of the Gus's locations in Shelby County get their batter from Gus in Mason.
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#3031893 - 11/13/12 06:46 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
I just found out they have a place in Bartlett. Anyone know if its the same as the famous place known for its spicy chicken in Downtown Memphis?


Actually, the "famous" place Downtown is a spinoff franchise of the world famous original in Mason, TN. All of the Gus's locations in Shelby County get their batter from Gus in Mason.

The one in mason is good
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#3032037 - 11/13/12 07:50 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: JimFromTN]
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 Originally Posted By: JimFromTN
I went to the one in Nashville and was extremely disappointed. I doubt I will ever go back. The service was horrible and some of the prices were inflated. We got a side of fried pickle spears and we got 6 spears for $6. The fried tomatoes were about as economical. The cole slaw and potato salad tasted like they bought them next store at the Kroger deli and the beans were straight from a can. The chicken was good but they don't give you the option as to the heat level like the one in Memphis.

Unless something has changed, there's only one heat option at the locations in Memphis and the original in Mason.
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#3032330 - 11/13/12 11:11 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BigAl]
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I have never been to one of the other ones but I read several online menus where you could request mild or spicy. I even found a review where the person ordered the mild and it came out spicy so my assumption was that you could request mild. I think my daughter would have liked mild better.
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#3032375 - 11/14/12 04:42 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
I just found out they have a place in Bartlett. Anyone know if its the same as the famous place known for its spicy chicken in Downtown Memphis?


Actually, the "famous" place Downtown is a spinoff franchise of the world famous original in Mason, TN. All of the Gus's locations in Shelby County get their batter from Gus in Mason.


The chicken was better when it was Maggie's. When she passed her nephew Gus took over.
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#3032558 - 11/14/12 08:18 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: JimFromTN]
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A common criticism seems to be their sides. Lots of reviews say skip the sides except for the appetizers, the fried pickles and green tomatoes are supposed to be good. I'll let ya know this afternoon. \:\)

Edited by BamaProud (11/14/12 08:22 AM)
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#3032679 - 11/14/12 09:21 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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3 piece dark. The beans and slaw are crap but I do like the potato salad. Fried pickles are good too.
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#3032687 - 11/14/12 09:26 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: bowtch huntr209]
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We always get the family pack of dark meat and some fried pickles. -take the leftovers home for breakfast (LOVE cold fried chicken for breakfast). I don't mind the beans -not the best, but I don't mind them.
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#3032825 - 11/14/12 10:33 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: Poser]
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Some of the Gus's locations have a pretty good rice for a side. Kinda spicy.
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#3033063 - 11/14/12 12:49 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
A common criticism seems to be their sides. Lots of reviews say skip the sides except for the appetizers, the fried pickles and green tomatoes are supposed to be good. I'll let ya know this afternoon. \:\)


The last time I ate in the original, it was still stale "light bread" and crappy Walmart bucket slaw.
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#3033273 - 11/14/12 02:53 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: TAFKAP]
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Chicken was probably the best I have ever had. I was actually expecting something spicier...but even the wife said she didn't think it was very spicy. Maybe their spices need freshened up. However it was still darn good, crisp but not hard-crunchy crust, moist chicken.

The sides (mack and cheese, fries, okra and mashed potatoes) were all very ordinary.

Service was below average, the only server, heck the only other person in the front of the restaurant was taking all orders, tending tables, ringing checks etc all by herself.

The place itself is about as boring as it comes, old sports memorabilia on the walls, food served on Styrofoam plates, plastic fork and a roll of paper towels on every table.

I would only recommend it for takeout(chicken only). Heck the chicken (cooked to order) is too hot to eat for about 5-10 min's so the drive home ain't no big deal.
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#3033275 - 11/14/12 02:54 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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...Oh I forgot to try the fried pickles and green tomatoes.
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#3033336 - 11/14/12 03:48 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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The one in Bartlett used to serve a really good baked potato salad. Its a Sysco product and isn't cheap. Not sure if they still serve it, but I know the other locations didn't have it.
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#3033398 - 11/14/12 04:57 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BigAl]
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I did not see it on the menu.
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#3035071 - 11/15/12 04:53 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: BamaProud]
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I use to like to go to the one downtown. Pretty cool place but since they opened one in Collierville I stick a little closer to home
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#3036200 - 11/16/12 10:14 AM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: WRbowhunter]
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The potato salad at Wolfchase was St Clair's item distributed by Sysco and no they don't have that brand anymore. They also had a mild batter but they stopped carrying it also. They do have different desserts than the other locaions. They have really good strawberry cake with chocklate fudge icing.
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#3037195 - 11/16/12 11:01 PM Re: Gus's Chicken [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
A common criticism seems to be their sides. Lots of reviews say skip the sides except for the appetizers, the fried pickles and green tomatoes are supposed to be good. I'll let ya know this afternoon. \:\)


The last time I ate in the original, it was still stale "light bread" and crappy Walmart bucket slaw.


Its still stale light bread and crappy Walmart bucket slaw. Had it like 5 weeks ago. Gus in Mason is the batter dispenser. When you open up a "franchise" you get everything except for the batter recipe. Gus's in Mason takes the order for how much batter you will need for however long I forgot what I was told. Anyways you get this batter and you won't get anymore until the next time he makes it. So basically you get screwed and Gus makes money hand over fist.

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