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Rip's Tavern

311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
+1 815-894-3051
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chicken” (55 reviews)
“fries” (20 reviews)
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American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

In the movie "The Blues Brothers" Aretha Franklin claims her place on Maxwell Street has "the best damn chicken in the state". She is lyin!. Rip's is, quite simply, the best fried chicken you will ever eat... Anywhere! The fish (only available on Fridays) is...More

Thank The_Original_NJM
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We have lived in the area 15 years. The first time we came to Rip's we were not familiar with the "routine". There was a long line and no one acknowledged us or explained anything so we left. Waited this long to get back there...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This was my second time to come here as was here last fall and had this place on my radar for several months to get back here, and today was the day! I arrived approximately 4:20 pm and the seating area still had 3 tables...More

Thank Lorraine7
Reviewed 28 May 2017

My family and I have been to White Fence Farm, Dell Rhea's, and those chain chicken joints and I have now found my true Chicken Lovers Landing! On this particular Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, I was finally able to talk my family to drive for...More

2  Thank Ernest A
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This is the best chicken ever!! The batter is so crispy, the chicken is moist and delicious. The fried mushrooms are the bomb. We went on a Sunday afternoon, and surprisingly enough, didn't have to wait to be seated. Definitely going back, even if it...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This place was recommended by coworkers and I saw it on Chichago's Best. This was our first trip and we will be coming again. Heads up get there early as the line was crazy long, we felt as if it was worth the wait though.

Thank R9386DVamandam
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We saw Rip's featured on Chicago's Best last year. This was our 2nd visit. The fried chicken is the reason the line is out the door....it doesn't disappoint. It's crispy, well seasoned, and served hot! The fries are good as are the fried mushrooms. This...More

1  Thank brs59
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Extremely long wait in line for pretty greasy chicken. We wanted to try it all so we had the fried pickles, mushrooms & chicken. While it's hot you don't notice the grease. I heated up leftovers & pressed so much oil out of it that...More

2  Thank Vicki W
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Been coming here since I was a kid, and my family for 50 years before that. I've been to many places in the world but the best fried chicken is still in Ladd! The trick to avoid long lines is to get there when they...More

1  Thank hlz93
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Numerous friends have recommended this place so we decided to give it a try. So glad we did! The front of the business is small but nice full service bar and the dining room is in the rear. The dining room was clean and the...More

1  Thank MVS09
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22 February 2017|
Response from MVS09 | Reviewed this property |
You can get both! Get there early or face the crowd.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
14:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Ladd
  • Phone Number: +1 815-894-3051
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