Written by Jordan Scott & Cameron Williams Photographed by Jordan Scott
Do you like food? Do you live around the Burbank/Glendale area and are looking for a new place to eat? Do you enjoy the sweet and savory taste of chicken coated in crispy and crunchy breading? Well, buckle up fellow reader, because we are about to broaden your food horizon in both your mind and your taste buds. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is one of Burbank’s newest restaurants that has recently opened and become ready for business, in replacement of the shuttered Momotaro. If you couldn’t guess from the establishment’s title, their specialty is the heavenly creation of fried chicken, arguably the world’s greatest culinary concoction in the realm of food.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is a restaurant that originally opened up right smack-dab in the middle of Memphis, Tennessee in1984! Since then, you might find this finger-licking goodness all across the USA. This establishment has been showcased on a variety of food channels including, Man Vs. Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Rachel Ray, and 40$ A Day. If you’re wondering if this place has anything to do with Los Pollos Hermanos from Breaking Bad, fortunately you won’t find any blue crystals in these chickens. One thing is for sure though: no matter which location you go to,this place makes you feel truly at home with both its aesthetic and the nice taste of a fresh-made meal; it might just be better than that juicy breaded chicken you once had at Grandma’s.
After the two of us dined here for the first time, we truly understood why they put the “famous” in Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. This is the kind of food that puts your mother’s home cooking to shame, and any other way to prepare chicken looks like an insult to poultry. Having ordered both the Two Piece White – Breast and Wing and Two Piece Dark – Thigh and Leg, we wanted to simultaneously try the different meats, and the different parts of the chicken. Although they all were unique in flavor, the taste was consistent and enchanting. The outside is a crunchy and crispy exterior and the inside is filled with moist and tender meat. The Baked Beans were a golden brown, the White Bread fluffy and soft, and the Cole Slaw and Mac and Cheese both rich and appetizing. As for the aesthetic of the restaurants itself, it was surprising to see proper seating areas for a place that serves fried chicken. It feels like you’re at home, with friendly and hospitable waiters, cozy decorations, and a welcoming atmosphere.
Two Piece White – Breast and Wing w/ Baked Bean and Mac & Cheese
Smack! That’s the first thing you feel when you step into Gus’s as you are slapped with the hardest but most inviting aroma of some good-old juicy chicken. If you’re looking for a delicious bite of some tender fried chicken, look no further. Gus’s World Famous Fried-Chicken has exactly what you are looking for. Everything from the “home-y” aesthetic, to the rich taste of those baked beans, Gus’s has got it all. This is by far some of the best fried chicken we have ever had, and that’s not all, the sides are heavenly as well: the layered but soft and creamy slaw, the gooey-delicious Mac and Cheese, the golden-brown cooked to perfection Baked Beans, where does it end?! There is no substitute for quality here at the well-deserved title of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken!
Atmosphere 8/10: I’m not sure whether to identify this place as more of a home-diner or a deluxe long-standing restaurant. There isn’t a specific color scheme, but everything seems to follow a general unsaturated blue color which allows the aesthetic to take its’ true form. The atmosphere is relaxing and cozy, but it would be a bit more inviting if we could have a better seating arrangement. This isn’t exactly the type of place to bring a date if you’re looking for anything romantic, but it’s definitely a great place to eat a hot thigh with the boys, or to bring your family.
Price $$: I wouldn’t necessarily quote this place as cheap, but it’s definitely not overpriced by any means. I can very easily get a nice full meal for around $15! The quality is definitely worth it!
Convenience9.5/10: Operates just like any other restaurant! They are a bit limited on staff right now and still in the training phase, but they do their best to accommodate all of their customers, and we had absolutely no issues with the service or the setup. No need to pay with cash or anything out of the ordinary. Parking is not too bad, the lot size is a little limited and it tends to be pretty packed, but the lot itself is well put together.
Two Piece Dark – Thigh and Leg w/ White Bread, Baked Beans and Cole Slaw
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