Food Review: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
by Joy King
Nothing says love like fried chicken. It’s typically one of the first dishes our children learn to love and many of us in the South remember the aroma of our parents preparing it at home on Sunday afternoons.
Lucky for us, in 2019 Birmingham became home to one of the South’s most treasured chicken restaurants. Gus’s Fried Chicken, which began over 60 years ago in the tiny community of Mason, Tennessee, has its first Alabama location downtown in The Battery (the site of the historic BEBCO building at 2201 2nd Avenue South map).
It’s one of my favorite spots — here you can savor side items that are down-home, like the chunky potato salad, creamy coleslaw, grandma’s greens, baked beans or succulent okra. So next time you are too tired to cook, take a tip from me and visit Gus’s. They serve fresh, hormone-free chicken cooked in peanut oil, and the desserts are just as good as the entrees. And if your little tikes have been on their best behavior, treat them to a root beer float!
Gus’s Fried Chicken is just one of the many stops on the Joy’s Eat.Drink.Ride. Food Tour. To learn about more local spots or hop on the food tour, go to www.DiningOutWithComedienneJoy.com