A two-piece chicken dinner brings subtle heat to the table.

Delivering Crunch – Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Growing up in the Midwest, we discovered the depth of flavors that can be found in this region’s dishes. I remember waiting impatiently as my grandmother fried up chicken for Saturday night dinner. The smell was intoxicating and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the crispy coating. Fast forward a few decades and I’m still a huge fan of crispy chicken. These days we’ve found a place that’s delivering crunch with a little extra kick. A visit to Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is an opportunity to relive those early days of family dinners but with a little more heat.
Gus's is a Kansas City, Kansas staple.

Yellow is the Color of Flavor

Gus’s Fried Chicken is located at 2816 W. 47th Street, in Kansas City, Kansas. A few years back, this area was fading, but a recent resurgence has brought life back to the neighborhood. These days you’ll find a handful of tasty dining options. Across the parking lot is 1889 Pizza Napoletana, which has plenty of interesting pies. Beyond that is Joe’s KC BBQ that has earned a national reputation for delivering Kansas City barbecue flavor. It’s hard to imagine another area this packed with unique tastes.    

Dining at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is a southern treat.

Feeling Homey

We’ve always been fans of consistency and Gus’s has found a way to incorporate that into their service. It’s easy for us to remember when they are open, as it is from 11:00 to 9:00 every day. This makes it easy for us to pop in for lunch, dinner, or to grab a snack to go. The eclectic seating arrangements makes it feel like dinner on Saturday at grandma’s. Unmatched chairs and checkerboard tablecloths bring that southern comfort into play. With plenty of room to spread out, we were ready to dig into some delicious fried chicken. 

We always find Gus's delivering crunch to teh table.

Heaping Helpings

The menu at Gus’s is simple and direct. Most of it focuses on their world famous chicken, but they also have fried catfish at times. We seem to gravitate to the same meals on each visit. Crystal is all about the Four Tender Meal. She’ll vary her choice of sides between beans and fries, but always gets the Cole slaw. I still remember her first taste and the realization that they season with southern spices. I could see that she liked the extra kick that came with each crunchy bite.

That delectabel coating is delivering crunch with every bite.

Delivering Crunch

Being raised on fried chicken, I prefer mine to still be on the bone. For this meal, I stuck with the Two Piece Dark Meat Dinner. It also includes two sides and in true Saturday evening fashion, I got the beans and slaw. While this seems like a smaller serving than Crystal’s, I also ordered three wings to go. The true test of fried chicken is how it tastes cold and Gus’s has met that standard on every visit. Each spicy bite reminded me of those long-ago family dinners.  

The authors relish their recent meal at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.

Satisfied Customers

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken has risen to the top of our chicken choices for dining out. We’ve found them to be consistent and thorough with each visit. Each bite is flavor-packed and the two of us can always find something we enjoy. After all, isn’t that what dining out is supposed to be about? While we skipped dessert on this visit, it is not unusual for us to grab a slice of their Pecan Pie and Coconut Pie for later. Even these are delivering crunch, while keeping it sweet. If you see us eating chicken, we’re probably at Gus’s.  

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