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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Is Bringing Its Memphis-Style Spicy Bird to New Orleans

Fried chicken, mac and cheese, and chess pie are coming to the Warehouse District


Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken is bringing that Memphis-style spicy bird to the Crescent City’s Warehouse District, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

The menu includes the spicy fried chicken that a GQ writer once said “might very well be the best fried chicken in the world,” plus standard sides like mac and cheese, fries, and potato salad; starters like fried pickles, fried okra, and fried green tomatoes; and a splattering of pies including chess, pecan, and coconut.

Gus’s got its start is in Mason, Tennessee, but there are franchises all over the U.S. including in California, Chicago, and Houston. Notably, the company will own the New Orleans location, rather than franchising it.

This comes hot on the heels of the news that a team from Commander’s Palace and Reginelli’s Pizzeria are collaborating on a restaurant serving fried chicken Uptown.

From sublime sous vide fried chicken from Coquette (available even at brunch) to the beloved spicy stalwart and parade route necessity, Popeyes, New Orleans has plenty of interesting options for crispy chicken. Given the rapid growth of the of the Fried Chicken Festival over the last couple years, it’s likely New Orleanians can embrace much more.

In fact, Gus’s has already made gastronomic inroads as a vendor at the Fried Chicken Festival, with a line that “didn’t rival Willie Mae’s, but it was respectable,” according to NOLA.COM’s recap of the 2017 event.

Chances are, with an actual location in New Orleans, the spicy chicken will be at the festival again — this time more locally known and likely with a longer line.

The location and opening date of the New Orleans location of Gus’s have not been released.

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