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“Average food with 5-star service”

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket
Ranked #1 of 54 Restaurants in Willowbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Good homestyle food in a quaint, somewhat historic setting. The service was amazing from the time we entered and were greeted at the front door. I had the half deep fried chicken in the basket and it was very good but not memorable, hence my "average" food rating. The fact that it is an authentic 50s diner and remains fairly true to its origins allowed to assign an overall FOUR rating. This place is worth a visit based on that fact alone.

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Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thanks for the review, Bay3r! I am happy to hear you had great service. We hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend!

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

If it weren't for the history of this place, then our visit wouldn't have been too memorable. I do indeed enjoy these older Route 66 places that are still in business, and for people who like that sort of thing, it's worth the visit.

The chicken was surprisingly barely spiced. It was very bland, as if though someone forgot to put any spices on it. It tasted much better when we put salt and pepper on it. But I can't figure out why so many people rave about the chicken when it barely is spiced and has no special flavor.

The pre-meal biscuits as well as the corn fritters were a little on the dry side.

We went here on a Monday night and were seated in the bar side of the restaurant. The bartender was tending bar as well as being the waitress for this entire side of the restaurant. She was pleasant enough, but clearly stressed out from having to handle so much work load. So the 'service' was definitely on the slow side.

We may go back in the future for the atmosphere of this restaurant, but only on a weeknight where the chicken special is $7.99 rather than $12.99 on the weekends. It's worth it for the nostalgia, but the food is certainly nothing special.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

This is an old Rt. 66 gem. Hard to believe it is still around off the beaten path. Great fried chicken, good salad bar and good draft beers. It is an old tired place that has been around for over 70 years. The staff is very friendly and you will get a very good meal and that is what it is all about!!

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Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thanks for coming to Dell Rheas! We appreciate your patronage and are happy to hear you enjoy the food and beer! Have a great weekend!

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The restaurant has very good food that tastes home cooked. The chicken is crispy and delishious plus an excellent buffet, fair prices and good parking. The staff is friendly and efficient.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We always enjoy coming to Del Rhea! The service is wonderful, the food is always hot and delicious and the buffet is always awesome! Love the decor, the staff and the food! Highly recommend this restaurant to all of my family and frineds!

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