Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, Willowbrook
Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Illinois, started life as a simple sandwich counter in a gas station on Route 66. In 1946, following the purchase of the building next door, it was up-scaled to it's current form and has been boasting excellent food and service to Route 66 travelers ever since.
This iconic restaurant off Route 66 has been featured in many documentaries and guidebooks and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. It's world-famous slow-cooked chicken has earned the restaurant quite a following, and many would consider it a must-stop on Route 66. Chicken isn’t a compulsory dish though as beef, ribs, fish, salads and a very popular macaroni cheese are also available. Everything is made fresh including the dressings. The atmosphere is most definitely down-home, welcoming and friendly.
The bar area of the restaurant is known as The Blue Rooster Lounge and is open every day except Monday and features live music and events on weekends. If you like country music, a live band performs on Saturday nights.
Stop at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket for wonderful food, welcoming staff and authentic Route 66 nostalgia.
“They serve good food and the specialty is fried chicken, in a cosy place which reminds everyone of the historic Route 66.”