is typically a busy month and I was wondering when I'd be able to fit some chicken into the schedule, but last Saturday afforded me the opportunity. I was in Crystal Lake, IL and discovered that if I returned home via IL-47 I'd go through Hebron (home of the basketball water tower) past Crandall's
, a place I'd never heard of even though it's been in business since 1969.
The Chicken Zone is for the loading and unloading of passengers only.
The entryway walls are covered with various bits of advertising, news stories, etc. related to Crandall's and Hebron. A closer look at the poster at the lower right reveals that tiny Hebron won the Illinois high school basketball title in 1952, hence the unique paint scheme for the water tower.
The dining room is very much in the supper club style, and as a bonus it was lightly festooned for the holidays. The table on the other side of the fireplace must be highly desireable, as the only other lunch parties during my visit were seated there.
Crandall's chicken is broasted instead of traditionally fried, and it was very good. The skin while not highly seasoned had a nice crunch and the chicken itself was very moist and flavorful. Because I'd just eaten pizza a short time earlier I chose the $7.95 2-piece lunch special instead of the regular $12.95 AYCE option, which I would absolutely select if I was eating there on an empty stomach.
I skipped the coleslaw and the rolls because I wanted to concentrate on the entree, and picked mashed potatoes over fries. The chicken gravy was very good and I could've made a meal out of the potatoes alone.
The one thing that surprised me was the speed at which my order was filled, but the chicken didn't seem like it had been sitting around. Perhaps it's partially cooked ahead of time and then given a "finish fry"? I don't know but I had no complaints, and would definitely eat here again if given the opportunity. Perhaps a Friday fish fry is in my future.