These Are the Top 10 Chicken Chains in America
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
> Location: Memphis, Tennessee
> Rating: 4.5
Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt and his wife, Maggie, started selling fried chicken out the back door of a tavern in Mason, Tennessee, northeast of Memphis, in 1953. They opened a restaurant in the community 20 years later. Na’s son Vernon “Gus” Bonner inherited the place and renamed it for himself, and in 2001, with his blessing, a longtime customer of Bonner’s launched this Memphis offshoot, now one of two in the city. The Mason establishment is still in business, but there are a total of 30 locations around the country, from New Orleans to Chicago to L.A. Chicken plates include baked beans, slaw, and white bread.
Hattie B’s Chicken – Midtown
> Location: Nashville, Tennessee
> Rating: 4.5
Hattie B’s offers counter-service fried chicken at three locations in the town where the hot chicken craze started — Nashville — plus one each in Memphis; Atlanta; Las Vegas; and Birmingham, Alabama. Heat levels here range from “Southern (no heat)” to “Shut the cluck up!!! (burn notice).” The Midtown/Broadway location in Nashville gets the most praise from Yelpers.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
> Location: Chicago, Illinois
> Rating: 4
The menu here — currently available for pickup and delivery only — offers humanely raised fried chicken, served boneless (except for the drumsticks), with corn muffins and honey butter on the side. Eight house-made dipping sauces are available, including blue cheese and candied jalapeño mayo. There are also four variations on the chicken sandwich theme.