OAK BROOK -- Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket of Willowbrook has won an Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination award, which honors local food establishments throughout the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals.
The Illinois Office of Tourism and DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that Dell Rhea’s is among a small group of Illinois establishments to receive this designation from the state tourism bureau.
“From family-owned restaurants with long and storied histories to the hottest new cuisines in the world, Illinois has emerged as a premier culinary destination for both domestic and international visitors,” said Illinois State Travel Director Jen Hoelzle in a press release. “The Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination award honors those restaurants that are authentically Illinois, making a trip to the state unforgettable.”
Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket opened in the summer of 1946 on Historic Illinois Route 66, serving diners heading to and from Chicago.
This nostalgic 1940s roadhouse has been featured on The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," as well as in many Route 66 documentaries and travel books. The full-service restaurant serves up its signature fried chicken, buffalo wings, baked macaroni and cheese, and salad bar.
To be considered for an award, restaurants must be nominated by a convention and visitors bureau, community member or Enjoy Illinois social media fan. The nominee must be a one-of-a-kind restaurant that is authentic to Illinois and an established part of its community.
For more information about the state’s culinary offerings and “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” awards, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.