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Rip's

311 N. Main Ave., Ladd, IL - (815) 894-3051
Rip's is the #1 fried-chicken destination in the Illinois River Valley, where fried chicken is a passion. It is enrobed in a crust that is just-right salty, and even white-meat breasts are insanely moist and full-flavored. Pieces where the batter has clumped, absorbing chicken fat flavor as well as frying fat, are some of the most sumptuous bites imaginable.
100% Approval Rating (1 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Quarter Light
Fried Mushrooms
Crunchies

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Why is Rip's fried chicken so extraordinarily good? Bill Rounds, the man whose grandfather started the place, says, first of all, you need to start with fresh chicken, not frozen nor cryovacked. He gets it twice a week, freshly killed. "We can do that because we have ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

311 N. Main Ave., Ladd, IL
(815) 894-3051

http://ripschicken.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Crunchies come with every meal, accompanied by a ramekin of pickle chips. They are one of the great fried foods on earth: chicken-fat-flavored, deep-fried batter.
"Crunchies come with every meal, accompanied by a ramekin of pickle chips. They are one of the great fried foods on earth: chicken-fat-flavored, deep-fried batter."
Michael Stern





For all of $5,25, Rip's Quarter Light meal is a great bargain. It also happens to be some of America's most delicious fried chicken.
"For all of $5,25, Rip's Quarter Light meal is a great bargain. It also happens to be some of America's most delicious fried chicken."
Michael Stern


Mushrooms, purchased locally, are battered and fried whole.
"Mushrooms, purchased locally, are battered and fried whole."
Michael Stern


The best part of the chicken? The crust-coated, fat-infused skin, of course.
"The best part of the chicken? The crust-coated, fat-infused skin, of course."
Michael Stern


How to eat crunchies. Grab a pickle chip and use it as a mitt to gather up a jumble of the luxurious fried fat, forming a mini taco. The contrast of tart pickle and luscious chicken is dizzyingly delicious.
"How to eat crunchies. Grab a pickle chip and use it as a mitt to gather up a jumble of the luxurious fried fat, forming a mini taco. The contrast of tart pickle and luscious chicken is dizzyingly delicious."
Michael Stern


4:05 at Rip's. The first wave of customers has just been seated, and everyone is waiting eagerly for their chicken to fry.
"4:05 at Rip's. The first wave of customers has just been seated, and everyone is waiting eagerly for their chicken to fry."
Michael Stern


Rip's is one of two fine fried chicken restaurants in Ladd. Across the street is Lanuti's. Each has its loyal fans. We like them both, but Rip's is an everlasting love.
"Rip's is one of two fine fried chicken restaurants in Ladd. Across the street is Lanuti's. Each has its loyal fans. We like them both, but Rip's is an everlasting love."
Michael Stern


A fried-chicken destination since the 1930s, when the fried chicken was given away to encourage people to drink more beer!
"A fried-chicken destination since the 1930s, when the fried chicken was given away to encourage people to drink more beer!"
Michael Stern


This sign is across Main Ave. from Ladd's. Believe it!
"This sign is across Main Ave. from Ladd's. Believe it!"
Michael Stern



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