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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%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527-5628
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been here many times over the years and find it to be a must stop at for really good chicken dinners. We have more than enough food to eat at a fair price. Good food, God service service and a friendly atmosphere make...More

Thank Lawrence K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read about Dell Rhea's when researching diners on Route 66. We stopped here for a late lunch & were not disappointed with the establishment, its servers nor its food. Amidst enjoyable decor we started off the meal with Fried Macaroni & Cheese Balls. If I'd...More

Thank Denise M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I may be the oddball here, looking at the number of positive reviews, but I wasn't a fan at all. I went here with a big group and we ordered gizzards, and although OK, I've had better from Browns. The breading just didn't have much...More

Thank EdK_IL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I passed by with a collegue for a quick lunch and had the best jalapeno poppers of my life. Amazing. I took some chicken tenders after that and they were super too.. I'll go back to try something else and have one of their many...More

Thank Ale P
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This little restaurant is on historic Route 66 The interior is quite rustic and homey, the chicken is out of this world-the best fried chicken hands down! (sorry mom) Rene was our very attentive waiter, he makes you feel right at home. Love this place...More

Thank Donna S
Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Donna! I appreciate you coming to Dell Rheas and im happy to hear you are such a fan of our fried chicken! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 August 2017

The chicken is delicious but so is everything else I've had. It's a great place to stop for drinks, lunch or dinner.

Thank Gators99
Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Gators99! Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. Have a great weekend!

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...More

1  Thank Bay3r
Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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!

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...More

Thank yousah
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...More

Thank jjmg4423
Patrick R, Owner at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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!

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.

Thank Barbara B
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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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
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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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