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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

What a great place with very good food...of course the chicken cant be beat. But everything the family had was wonderful. There was so much history within, it was the perfect first stop of many along Route 66.

Thank Eric M
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This is THE best lunch buffet around. Quality food, great variety, the chicken is consistently delicious! What are you waiting for, go now.

Thank CyndiCChicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Wow. After a few bites, I was thrown back in time as though I was sitting at my grandmother's table for dinner, enjoying whatever she had prepared. Very casual atmosphere. Our server, Sherry D was OUTSTANDING. Quite possibly one of the very best servers I've ever had in any restaurant.

Thank Lisa H
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Had been here several years ago but didn't remember the experience. Two of us had the fried chicken and two had the catfish. Started out with the onion rings and potato skins which were excellent. The chicken was cooked perfectly but both eaters had to put salt on the meat for flavor--pretty bland despite their process of marinating and then... More 

Thank chuck h
Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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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, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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