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TODAY’S CHICKEN BASKET Stepping into Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is like stepping back in time. “Nothing has changed except the year on the calendar,” Rhea laughs. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket and, its iconic, newly refurbished neon sign are rec- ognized by the Illinois Scenic Byway Association and Route 66 Association. They are also included in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and were inducted into the National Register of Historic Places through the National Park Service.


REVIVAL OF ROUTE 66 The famous fried chicken and tasty sides certainly keep DuPage locals coming back for more, but it’s the Route 66 connection that has gained Rhea an international following. “I meet the most wonderful folks who are traveling along Route 66,” smiles Rhea. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket has been featured on everything from the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to Billy Connelly’s Route 66 to Chicago’s WGN, not to mention countless travel and history blogs. The world’s fascination with Route 66 and Americana drives a regular amount of global traffic to Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket. Rhea esti- mates that on any given day between 30%-40% of his customers are from outside the Chicagoland area. “Germany, Ireland, Australia, lots of people from Scotland,” Rhea thumbs through his guest book, “Norway, France, China. And that was just one week.”


YOUR CURIOSITY SPARK


IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHICKEN Though the historic connection is what brings many of his customers to his door, Rhea knows that it’s the quality of the food that will keep them com- ing back. “My mother always taught me to prepare great food. Not good food, great food. My dad taught me not to go find a cheaper chicken, to stick with good, quality chicken.” The menu may have grown over the years to include made-to-order favorites like mac and cheese, Buffalo wings, Cajun chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and more, but Rhea is firm on one thing: “I won’t put anything on my menu that isn’t as good as my fried chicken.” And it’s that chicken, that original Route 66 recipe, that has set Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket apart for generations. “I’m very proud of this place, very proud of what we do here. Fried chicken is very American.”


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