The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gus's Fried Chicken






310 S. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103

From Manliest Restaurant, Man Vs. Food, America's Best Soul Food, Best Thing I Ever Ate, #12 on 101 Place to Chowdown,

"Famous hot & spicy fried chicken, baked beans and cole slaw"

"What you're getting: Half a fried chicken with cole slaw.  In a city best known for its BBQ, Gus's has spent the past 60 years spreading the gospel of fried chicken across the land, transitioning from its original location to the outskirts of Memphis to the city proper, and ultimately to other TN cities, as well as Arkansas and Texas. Regardless of the location, no two trips to Gus's will taste the same, thanks to an ever-changing recipe that kicks its fresh bird with a spicy secret breading. If that's not enough heat, pair it up with a whole jalapeƱo, or cool down with Gus's signature cole slaw."

EASILY THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN I HAVE EVER HAD! HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! COOKED TO PERFECTION! JUST THE RIGHT ABOUT OF SWEAT INDUCING HEAT!  JUST FRIED CHICKEN PERFECTION!

Unlike other southern fried chicken joints where the breading gets clumpy and chunky, the breading on this is smooth and leaves a PERFECT skin.  It resembles more of the type of smooth texture you would find on wings, ESPECIALLY at Asian restaurants. It is amazing fresh out of the fryer and cold the next morning!

I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! EASILY THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN I HAVE EVER HAD! HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! 

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