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Rip's Tavern

American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
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311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
+1 815-894-3051
Sun 14:30 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 23:00
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extremely long wait in line for pretty greasy chicken. We wanted to try it all so we had the fried pickles, mushrooms & chicken. While it's hot you don't notice the grease. I heated up leftovers & pressed so much oil out of it that I changed my mind & tossed it.

1 Thank Vicki W
Peru, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been coming here since I was a kid, and my family for 50 years before that. I've been to many places in the world but the best fried chicken is still in Ladd! The trick to avoid long lines is to get there when they open- you wait a little bit before they cook the first round, but it's worth... More 

Thank hlz93
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Numerous friends have recommended this place so we decided to give it a try. So glad we did! The front of the business is small but nice full service bar and the dining room is in the rear. The dining room was clean and the servers were all pleasant and professional. The kitchen can be viewed through a window in... More 

Thank MVS09
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Been coming here since I could barely walk. The chicken here is phenomenal and ridiculously cheap! If you're in a hurry or don't like to wait, Rips isn't the place for you!! Most people don't just come for the chicken, it's the experience. Waiting in the line, having a few drinks, and conversing with your family or friends is what... More 

Thank Bud-Dog23
Coal City IL
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

#1 restaurant for fried chicken. "Krispies" before the meal are amazingly tasty! Very limited menu, chicken or chicken strip (that are huge), and french fries. Add on's of cole slaw (.75) and fried mushrooms (2.00) You won't be disappointed! Probably not the healthiest meal, but delicious and inexpensive.

Thank Terese W
Port Charlotte, Florida
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Been coming here for over 50 years...very little has changed. The best fried chicken and fish you can get. Served on a piece of bread on a small paper plate with hand cut fries...no silverware unless you ask. On weekends people are lined up out the door and down the block in this tiny hamlet..barely a wide spot in the... More 

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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great place where all the locals (from 40 miles away) visit on Friday & Saturday dinner time. Expect a wait as they do not take reservations but will want to know if you want your chicken dinner to be dark meat or white meat when you first stop in & give them your name & group size. Nice bar and... More 

Thank Kevin L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Came all the way up from Biloxi to have some chicken! My husband grew up in the area, so anytime we come back, Rips is a must. Went on Friday, then again on Sunday nights. Both times fantastic, without that long of wait. Krispies is one of the best things ever! Never disappointed!!!

Thank Carla W
Ladd, Illinois
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Average chicken, lots of grease. Great atmosphere. Unfortunately the service is limited by the size of the cooking tools and the dining patrons never seem to leave their seats and the waiting line forms forever outside. Witness to patrons just tossing in the towel and leaving to dine elsewhere.

Thank djnels0n
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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a place where locals have been going for drinks and fried chicken for years. We arrived a little before 2:00 on a Sunday and were surprised the hostess asked us for our order! Turns out you order either white, dark, or chicken strips. Once seated we were able to order drinks. A look around let us know that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
14:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Ladd
  • Phone Number: +1 815-894-3051

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?