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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

4.1/5 10 Reviews Add Review

Long-running chain serving spicy fried chicken & comfort sides in a low-key setting.

10 Reviews for Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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5.0

We live this location. This was our second time visiting and it’s clean, bright, not crowded, and the food has been super fresh each time! We will keep coming back over and over again

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5.0

I ordered take out (COVID) and my food came out hot and fresh. This was my first time and the Chicken definitely has a strong spice to it. We ordered thighs and wings both delicious as well as the Mac and Cheese and okra.

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2.0

We came across this place when looking for more low-key places to eat in the west loop. When we sat down, we were told that all of the chicken was spicy. I usually like a little bit of spice but not too much, so I went with the chicken strips which our waitress said was the least spicy option. I was just not impressed. They weren’t spicy at all. I probably would have appreciated a bit more spice actually. The tenders were huge, which was nice, but the breading was actually sort of TOUGH. Like I would take a bit and the chicken inside was good and juicy, but I would have to bite extra hard to rip off the breading. It wasn’t a pleasant texture to deal with. My partner ordered the wings, and these didn’t seem to have the same problem. The chicken was served over a piece of white bread, and there was the option of having 2 sides. There were 2 default sides, but I chose to upgrade each side for $0.50 to fries and Mac and cheese. The fries were fine, honestly nothing special. They tasted natural and like they were cut from fresh potatoes. The Mac and cheese was average. The cheese sauce reminded me of the consistency of nacho cheese or cheese that would be with cheese fries. It was actually good to dip my fries in as well. There was a tiny sprinkle of shredded cheese on top as well. The okra tasted good, but I don’t have much to compare that too. Sort of like fried pickles but less crunchy and flavorful on the inside. The honey mustard dipping sauce was the best part in my opinion.

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5.0

My family and I had a great time here. The place was well spaced- social distancing and all. We started with fried okra as an appetizer. It was really good and well fried! Then we all had the chicken. Little did I know it was going to be Nashville style= hot and spicy! It was really good. I was able to enjoy it and cooled off with Cole slaw and Mac n cheese. The waitress was really nice and accommodating. Not bad for our first time there.

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3.0

I promise you the fried chicken at this spot is just okay. It’s nothing to brag home about, and you will be okay if you never try the food. My friends and I went out for food and drinks, and ended up at this spot because the other restaurants were booked with reservations. We all ordered the 3 piece wing combo that came with baked beans and Cole slaw. I ordered the seasoned fries and fried okra to share with my friends. The chicken was okay, and the fried Okra was good. My friends ordered Mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes, and everything tasted okay. I was expecting fireworks with my first bite, but I got nothing. I was really hoping to like this place especially since my dad said the food was good. The food was not horrible, but it was not amazing. Otherwise, I’ll be okay if I did not eat here again. It’s not a place that I need to frequent. The customer service was okay. The margarita was tasty, but it did not have enough tequila. So, the drinks were weak. The inside of the restaurant was empty. People were seated outside, but my friends and I decided to dine inside. Our food came out rather quickly, and everything was warm. I struggled to open up the hot sauce packets. Our drinks were served in plastic cups. So, overall they did take precaution while serving food during the pandemic.

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4.0

I ordered these famous fried chickens via doordash. I only ordered various parts of chickens, not a single side dish. So my review is only for their fried chickens. They are a bit spicy for us , since we are so accustomed to KFC. But they are very tasty and even they are deep fried, they are not heavy or too much oily at all. Two of us ordered 7 various portions but we felt them too much volume.

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4.0

The chicken is spectacular spices and crispy!! … Pricey .. three dollars per piece ..wow.. The mac & cheese is OK, baked beans are OK, the fried okra.. yuk.. Cole slaw is ok.. I am used to SOUL fooD… Real soul food.. I feel this was dumb it down for a more bland palette! Worth the try..

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3.0

I had some of their world famous chicken, and it turns out their really not that world famous. I’ve asked around the states if they’ve heard of them, even some folks in Spain and Mexico. World famous? The chicken was good, but not fantastic and certainly not addicting. There was a slight kick, but it was also slightly over fried. But not slightly over priced…way overpriced. And that’s the reason for their 3 stars. We ordered their 8 piece mix, a large side of their Mac and cheese, and a medium order of seasoned fries. The fries were barely seasoned and not all that great. The Mac and cheese, no offense, tasted like Krafts Mac and cheese. And although krafts mac & cheese doesn’t tasty nasty, Gus’s large order for $5 is a huge slap in the face. The best thing about this chicken was that it wasn’t greasy. But I would have preferred some more heat to the chicken. With so many other fried chicken places that offer better tasting for less, I don’t believe I’ll be returning. Although I wouldn’t mind checking them out again at their Memphis location.

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5.0

I came to Chicago for business during covid so most restaurants were closed. I was craving fried chicken so I saw this place on yelp. Anytime someone claims “world famous”, there’s nothing famous about it. Gus’ chicken tastes pretty darn world famous. The chicken was so juicy but not TOO juicy where it’s bad. The skin just crumbles ever so gently in your mouth exploding your taste buds with so much flavor. Cole slaw was a banger with the chicken! Would 100% come back here. As I wrote that, I realized I did come back the next day to see if it would be consistent. It definitely was.

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5.0

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken was fantastic! I highly recommend the fried pickles as a starter, they had amazing flavor and crunch. The fried chicken isn’t very spicy so don’t be scared off by that 🙂 and the service was 5 stars on its own! The servers were really friendly and attentive even when it got busy. We sat outdoors and the tables were nicely spaced out, everything was sanitary and all the servers wore masks. 10/10 and I will definitely be back again

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