There’s no stopping the hot chicken train, it seems, as Southern favorite Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is invading Los Angeles next. The Tennessee-born hot fried chicken spot has long been considered one of the best players in the genre, and per a tipster will soon make a new home on the corner of Pico and Crenshaw.
It’s a curious space at first blush, given the fact that foot traffic is much lower than, say, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, or Hollywood. Then again so is rent, and the Mid-City area has been primed for growth for years now. It helps the neighborhood’s already got some of the best burgers in the city at nearby Capitol Burger, too.
For the unfamiliar, Gus’s is a hot fried chicken specialist that first gained some attention six decades ago in small Mason, Tennessee. Through a few different iterations the place slowly came to expand, first into Memphis in 2001 and then throughout 14 total locations in eight states.
Unlike the relatively new (well, in hot chicken years) Howlin’ Rays, expect Gus’s to be a trim, less refined version of the genre. The focus here is on full pieces of bird done in combo plates of three or four, no sandwich or waffles in sight. They’ll also have pies, fried pickles to start, and be open to selling larger buckets of the crispy, fiery stuff for takeaway.
Gus’s should arrive rather soon to Los Angeles thanks to The Marshall Group construction team, with news of the general expansion already shows on their website. Expect something late fall most likely, and if all goes well you may just see some of those infamous hot chicken lines.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
4157 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA