Anybody who spends much time on the road in the Midwest is likely to find themselves facing down buckets of fried chicken on a pretty regular basis. If they’re all starting to look and taste alike, beeline to Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in WIllowbrook, Illinois. This restaurant has a considerable history; the business grew out of a service station whose owner contracted with local farmers’ wives with a great chicken recipe and plenty of poultry to sell. That original recipe has lasted through several incarnations of the restaurant and is still used today.
The fried chicken ($11.95 for a four-piece half with fries, coleslaw and biscuits) is a rare find—familiar and comforting, but different and better than other similar products. Somehow, this chicken seems lighter and less greasy than what you get elsewhere. You'll need GPSbecause the restaurant’s a little hard to locate on one of the more chopped-up sections of old Route 66.