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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628
+1 630-325-0780
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“chicken basket” (55 reviews)
“biscuits” (33 reviews)
“mashed potatoes” (26 reviews)
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645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice place to eat, very comfortable settings and plenty of light from the windows. Friendly employees, we had the buffet, which was very good. They had to different kinds of soup, vegetable and chicken dumpling soups. The buffet consisted of chicken...More

Thank 164barbrab
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The best fried chicken I have had ever. Reminiscent of a supper club, the atmosphere is cozy, and the staff want you to have a good experience. The salad bar is detail oriented. Their are options for non chicken lovers. A great place to meet...More

Thank Maria D
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I've wanted to go here since seeing it on Diner, Drive Ins and Dives. I had the opportunity several weeks ago on a Monday. That day's special is the fried chicken basket with fries and coleslaw. It was every bit as good as I had...More

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 3 October 2018

As I finished up my Route 66 drive, heading into Chicago, I had decided to have dinner at Dell Rhea's (my goal achieved of only eating at local owned spots for the whole trip). I was afraid they would be packed, being mid-evening on a...More

Thank SharonB919
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Took a trip down memory lane and ate at this long standing restaurant. It was as I remembered. Good food and friendly staff.

Thank RYK-V
Reviewed 19 September 2018

When was the last time you heard of a restaurant that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket was accorded the prestigious honor in 2006. At Dell Rhea's, it's all about fried chicken, perhaps the best you've ever tasted....More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I have known a few people who rave about this place. We were in the area and finally decided to try it out. It was an early dinner. The vibe in the place reminded us of a local to us place that has been around...More

Thank verchad
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I have gone twice this year and once last year. They are pretty quick to take your order and to bring out some biscuits (yum). My problem is that it takes a really long time to get your food and when the place starts filling...More

Thank Kurt S
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Now if you are wanting your chain chicken this is not your place. However if you are wanting perfectly breaded moist chicken the keep reading and come on in. Whether you have heard of Dell Rhea’s from the Food Network, Route 66 or just lucky...More

Thank Marissa B
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Located on old route 66 this is a old time chicken restaurant. Has been updated over the years including having their original sign redone in the last couple of years. Popular with tourists following the Route 66 trail and locals. I ordered Chicken Basket. Comes...More

Thank Stephen1702
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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