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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

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$$ - $$$
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645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628 (Formerly Chicken Basket)
+1 630-325-0780
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the 'chicken in the basket', crisp coating, moist chicken inside, probably the best fried chicken I have ever had. Traditional decor, retro theme, good artisan beer too.

Thank Robert1402
Lombard, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a pretty laid back atmosphere. Loved bringing the family here. Cute kids menu. We had the kids chicken, baked Mac n cheese, chefs wings, and onion rings. It was amazing! Will be back for more 👍 We sat by the fire and loved it 🙂

Thank Jessica C
Oak Lawn, Illinois
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Opened in 1946 on Route 66. Don't fill up on the biscuits and honey! I had the fried chicken it was wonderful! Served with fries and great coleslaw in a basket. Check out the menu on line. Try a Route 66 soda pop in green flavored. (What was I thinking?) The corn fritters are the best! They have slot machines... More 

Thank Roxanne1808
Chicago, Illinois
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner with my family, six people and had the fried chicken they are known for. The chicken was excellent served hot and juicy and tender with great biskets. The salad bar was very good with fresh vegetables and delicious soups. Beets served the old fashioned way and loved by my wife. Overall everyone enjoyed the dining experience. The restaurant... More 

Thank HickoryDave
Joliet, Illinois
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good nostalgic atmosphere, but alas, mediocre chicken. Cornflour breading was a bit greasy and had the distinct taste of used oil. Salad bar was good, not great, and somewhat limited. Soup was very good. Prices somewhat high, averaging $25 a head with a drink.

Thank Bill D
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fried chicken is very good and I love their salad bar. The choices probably have not changed in years. This place reminds me of some of the Wisconsin supper clubs, but Better.

Thank Chofbauerinc
Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
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66 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I got the honey garlic Sriracha wings good heat, bit too much honey, didn't notice the garlic. Had some chicken very juicy but not a lot of flavor. Biscuit before meal good

Thank John P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

As seen on Triple D and known for their chicken, it was definitely a treat, as it was the moistest fried chicken I've ever had! The mashed potatoes were creamy and very flavorful and the chicken gravy was excellent. Biscuits were truly outstanding served with butter and honey on the table. Green beans were also very good. Overall a really... More 

Thank PlutoGal4
Tynong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This was a must stop for us - saw it on Drive-Ins, Diners & Dives in Australia a while back. Chicken was everything and more that we had expected! So glad we stopped to eat. Chicken was succulent and tasty, washed down with a Root Beer float :-) Service was exceptional, staff very friendly. Very clean establishment also.

Thank Nicole W
Hinsdale, Illinois
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We love this place. Service is always great. People greet you with a smile. I have had the chicken but also the pot pie which is hot and tasty. Takes a little time to bake but worth it. I tried the fish and it also is good. The kidney bean salad is a favorite but also the dumpling soup. Real... More 

Thank djmaroo

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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, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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