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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628
+1 630-325-0780
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“chicken basket” (54 reviews)
“biscuits” (31 reviews)
“mashed potatoes” (24 reviews)
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645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628
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Reviewed yesterday

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 Hanigs113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fried chicken is delicious. Crunchy and juicy chicken! There is just the right amount of breading. French fried are crunchy and not too greasy. Try it!

Thank Westernsuburb
Reviewed 14 August 2018

OK, so I've been here before. It must have been about seven or eight years ago. And while the restaurant seems unchanged, the surrounding area seems unfamiliar to me. Like it's all be built-up to be warehouse/light-industrial buildings. But we went for the food. And...More

Thank GoneOffTheGrid
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We visited Dell Rhea's as we were staying close by, it's an icon of Route 66 and worth the time to visit and have a meal. I tried their spicy chicken, very tasty. I would have liked it to be hotter.

Thank TonyTanz
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

We had the lunch buffet for $11.99. It included a salad bar, soup, several entrees including their famous fried chicken, and dessert. The chicken and fried fish were perfectly done and moist inside. The chicken is skinned before it is breaded but delicious.

Thank Marion T
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Awsome chicken. Been going there since I was a child. Give it a try, you won't regret it. Pleasant atmosphere

Thank Susan E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
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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