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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

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645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628 (Formerly Chicken Basket)
+1 630-325-0780
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has the warmth of wooden ceilings, walls, etc. and also a nice fireplace. We had the fried chicken---afterall, that is their claim to fame and we were not disappointed. Our waitress, Laura was so personable and looked after us! We are so glad that we stopped by here! It was a perfect stop on Route 66---gingham tablecloths and... More 

Thank Margaret M
Penfield, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during a trip to Chicago. I had been here years ago and the food was fantastic. The chicken does have a unique breading and the mashed potatoes are real. The place is very busy and the tables very close together. The quality of the food is average and nothing special. White Fence Farms, not far from this restaurant is... More 

Thank Tony Y
fort worth, tx
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I got a recommendation from the hotel clerk. He was totally right. It was within walking distance and we needed that walk after the ample portions. My husband had the shrimp and I had the macaroni. We're going back tomorrow to try the chicken!

Thank swick920
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gotta try the hot wings! Fried to perfection the chicken and fish is very delicious. One of our favorite stops when we are in town. Service is fabulous and staff is very friendly and welcoming.

Thank Herm55
Chicago, Illinois
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598 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My wife and another couple and I ventured out here last Friday night for dinner, since we love fried chicken and also venturing out... A first visit for all 4 of us, and it is a classic "supper club" style restaurant with decor celebrating both Route 66 and chickens in all their glory. Our server was really cheerful and nice... More 

Thank Mark L
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were on the road and looking for a place for fried chicken. My wife located Dell Rhea's and we hit the lottery. The place is out of my childhood memories. The salad/soup bar is not big, but very good. Try the cheddar cottage cheese ..YUM! The fried chicken is simply amazing. The breading is mouth watering and the chicken... More 

1 Thank John G
Slough, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My wife and I made this our first stop on Route 66 when we picked up our car from Midway Airport to make our jounrey to Springfield, IL (the first day of our road trip to LA). We picked up our car at 11am, and arrived here just after midday. The place was packed full of locals enjoying the Friday... More 

Thank PathManSlough
Frankfort, Illinois
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72 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The chicken is very specially made with years of perfecting, wonderful selections on the salad bar, complete with soup

Thank Dawn K
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153 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Went here in 60's place was THE PLACE for chicken and good food. Not so much so, NOW. Place needs a face lift. Food was ok but I probably will not go back. Really built it up to my friends, they suggested Buona Beef but acquiesced. Even I voted for Buona Beef after we left..there is a Geocache near by... More 

Thank Ed V
Newnan, Georgia
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Great stop along Route 66. The service was friendly and the place was hopping. The fried chicken was not that great to me. It was recommended in all my travel books but still confused on why? The breading is like a cornmeal or breadcrumb type batter which is different but not what I like. I get the nostalgia of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628 (Formerly Chicken Basket)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Willowbrook
  • Phone Number: +1 630-325-0780
Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket is a historic roadhouse on the famous Route 66 specializing in fried chicken and American comfort food. Enjoy a vast array of dining pleasures including the Famous Fried Chicken in a Basket - a half fresh Grade-A chicken cut into four pieces, hand breaded, and deep fried! We have all your favorite sides including mashed potatoes, green beans, onion rings, and Mac & Cheese, just to name a few. Our birds are special! Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket fries in trans-fat and cholesterol free soy bean shortening. The birds are cage free, non-GMO, antibiotic and hormone-free. We only use USDA Grade-A birds that are fresh and never frozen. They're marinated for 24 hours and always cooked for your order. It's this kind of quality that sets Dell Rhea's apart from the rest! Every day you'll find special mouth-watering deals like Saturday's Roast Prime Rib Dinner. Friday's Lobster special, and 50% off a second meal on Tuesday! Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket has been in countless Route 66 documentaries and travel books on Route 66 and has visitors from around the world on a regular basis! Our goal has long been to serve our customers the freshest, most outstanding food. We also promise to provide you with the best service in the world. We would like to thank you for 60 plus years of loyalty, and we would like to ask for another 60 years of that same loyalty.

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