Deep Ellum’s latest neighborhood spot brings deep-fried flavor to the community.
Dallas’s food-and-art centric local, Deep Ellum, is the latest community to get a taste of the Tennessee-based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. [Featured image: @Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken Facebook]
With winter on the horizon, Dallas residents can rest easy knowing that they can cruise into Deep Ellum’s new Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken for some southern fire to warm their bellies and souls. Gus’s traces back over 60 years ago to a community-uniting fried chicken recipe created by Napolean “Na” Vanderbilt in a local tavern in Mason, Tennessee. After Na and his wife Ms. Maggie began selling their chicken, it was such a hit that locals pitched in to help the two create their own free standing restaurant. In 1973, the two opened up Maggie’s Short Orders on Highway 70. To this day, the building continues to serve their southern-fried cuisine.
After the couple passed away, in 1982 an 1983, respectively, the restaurant was taken over by Na’s son Gus and his wife, Gertrude. In 1984, they re-opened the business as Gus’s World Famous Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken. Thankfully, the couple have decided to share the love. Since then, the restaurant has expanded to 29 locations in 13 states, their latest, Deep Ellum in the Lone Star State.
“Gus’s Fried Chicken is now open in Deep Ellum! If you have visited one of our other locations, we welcome you to check out our newest spot,” the restaurant wrote on Facebook. “If you have never tried our chicken, get ready to be served what many people believe to be the best fried chicken in the world…”
Gus’s serves natural, never-frozen, hormone-free chicken fried in peanut oil. Customers can order their recipe in a variety of different plates and combo options, choosing from wings, white or dark meat, tenders, and more. Gus’s offers 10 different sides and starters, including fried okra, baked beans, mac & cheese, seasoned fries, and cole slaw. To balance out sweet and savory, customers can also order from a variety of pies available whole or by slice, with flavors such as pecan, sweet potato, and old-fashioned coconut. Additionally, customers can order vanilla ice cream or an old-fashioned IBC Root Beer Float.