HOME > Chowhound > Austin >


Gus's Fried Chicken New Dtown Arrival

Well, we can't have Babe's famous franchise in Austin, but Gus is coming to us from Tennessee in about 4 months. Will be in the old Mongolian BBQ spot by Convention Center.



  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I have eaten at Gus's in Memphis and their chicken was excellent

    1 Reply
    1. re: PappyAustin

      Same here, and agreed. Better than any I've had in Austin so far.

    2. Can't wait to try it. Nice and close to my home away from home...the Hilton!

      1. Looking at the Brentwood menu, and considering they'll be in the highest rent area in Austin, I think I'll stick to the Tuesday specials at Popeye's or be making my own.

        -sw (cheapskate)

        2 Replies
        1. re: sqwertz

          Mmmm...Popeye's spicy chicken, GRAVY and red beans and rice.....

          1. re: amysuehere

            Their red beans and rice are pretty darn delicious. It's too bad that the nearest Popeye's to me is a seriously sketchy looking place in Cedar Park.

            While we're on the subject of chain chicken, I tried Chicken Express finally. They have knocked out Bush's as my favorite source of chicken tenders. Crisp and juicy, but not nearly as salty as Bush's (must be brining them).

        2. There is no confusing Gus's Famous Fried chicken with ANY of the big chicken chains. I'm not running down Popeye's, I love me some from time to time but Gus's is really a step above. Try it and I promise you will see what I mean.

          4 Replies
            1. re: SlickTheCat

              I don't know for certain but I think it will be open before the end of the year sometime.

              1. re: BigTicketTaco

                They've been aiming to open sometime this month, though I don't know if they'll make it:


              1. It's open and everthing it was hyped up to be. My new ATX fried chick go to place.

                1. Has anyone else been yet? I have a friend who went and she said it was good but all of it was spicy. Has anyone tried the catfish listed on the menu?

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: chispa_c

                    been twice, the chicken dark three piece both times. I think it's pretty mildly spiced heat wise but has a good bit going on with the other seasonings and rather perfect level of brine. it drips it's so juicy. so wear appropriate clothes or eat carefully. Slaw is finely shredded cabbage and carrot, and fresh and cold, just a bit on the sweet side for me (light on the mayo ). Fries are just okay. Mac and cheese just okay. Coconut chess pie was killer. No greens yet. Didn't notice the catfish on the menu in Austin. Fried green tomatoes were solid but I've had better. I really love the chicken and the prices, especially for downtown. Great service so far to boot.

                    1. re: chispa_c

                      I went the chicken meat was very moist and juicy, even the white meat. My guess is a very good brine. I found the skin to be very spicy but it had too much of whatever provided the spice, to the point it almost had a bitter burnt taste. To be clear it wasn't actually burned but it just produced that taste. I think it's mostly Tabasco sauce infused in the breading. Probably a wet batter. It was a very odd experience. The sides were totally forgettable. I'd be willing to give them another shot but as of my first visit it was nothing to write home about.

                    2. Haven't had the Catfish yet. Found the Chix well spiced but very assessable to "normal" mid-American taste, far less spice then your Popeye’s and KFC spicy options. Pleasantly surprised by the level of the sides. Been used to sides as an afterthought in your typical ATX BBQ place. These stand out on their own.

                      1. Wait - this guy's last name isn't "Fring", by any chance, is it? :-)