Posted: Dec 1, 2009 3:47 pm
i agree that the mason one ruled, but think you need to reassess on the downtown, can't think of any decent chicken in new orleans since chicken in a box closed down, unless you mean differant popeye's locations
Chicken in a Box on Gentilly is open. Chicken Box (different chain) is not.
also Dunbar's, Coop's Place, Willie Mae's, Mr. Ed's, McHardy's, Elizabeth's, Chicken Sue's, Two Sisters Kitchen, Brothers, Popeyes...
I am not saying all of these are better than Gus's, but on a good day I think any of these places could hold their own against Gus's. Fried chicken is not rocket science and I think people often judge the charm and perceived authenticity of the establishment over the chicken itself. I mean, that was the great thing about the original Gus's, right? (that was some good damn chicken though)
This is why Willie Mae's got a James Beard award and has been written up in magazines as the best fried chicken in the country. It's not the best. It's about the same as all the others on my list, but when an 80 year old black lady cooks it in a run down shotgun shack, somehow that makes food critics like the chicago bbq dude get huge boners. Hence my original criticism.