Arguably, the best fried chicken on Route 66

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

645 Joliet Road
Willowbrook, IL
Great road food (as seen on TV), Chicken dinner, American

Fried chicken has been being served here since the 1930s. The restaurant was an ideal stopping place for Route 66 travelers coming from or going to Chicago. The location also made the Chicken Basket an obvious choice to become a Blue Bird bus stop, bringing in even more folks.

After 66 was rerouted past the Chicken Basket in the early 60’s, it fell on hard times. People who remembered the restaurant couldn’t figure out how to get to it and it almost went out of business. Luckily in 1963, Dell Rhea and his wife Grace bought the restaurant at a bargain price, Dell being very well known in the area used his reputation to help bring people back to the Chicken Basket. They are strong Route 66 supporters.

This Route 66 classic was featured on “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.”

  • Serving lunch and dinner
  • Beer
  • Major credit cards accepted

Recommended and rated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation. To find more, check out their handy “The Dining and Lodging Guide” Find this site and others with the iPhone app, “Road Trip 66!”

Photos courtesy David Taylor, and Rich Dinkela (neon)