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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Fish Fry


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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Fish Fry

JeffB | Mar 10, 2003 10:38 AM

I had been to this old Rt. 66 roadhouse, which is down the street from my in-laws just east of Rt. 83 as you exit north off of I55 (you can see it from the highway), several years ago and was very unimpressed.

Given recent favorable reviews here (and the fact that the immediate area is a dining wasteland), I tried it agin this weekend. This time, it was great. Fridays during lent DRCB has at least 5 kinds of fish, mostly fried, including whitefish, cod, perch, catfish and salmon (not fried on my visit). I had the fresh lake perch, which was lightly battered and prepared by someone who watches the hot oil closely. Much better than the perch I've had on several occasions at a certain northern Indiana institution. Big portion, too. My dining partner had a well trimmed, choice and aged 16 oz. strip that was perfectly charred and as much of a bargain as advertised at $16. Biscuits brought right away to the table were the best I think I've had north of the Mason Dixon. Really top notch. (They were of the dense, drop-biscuit type, not the high flaky ones.) The place is obsessively into "fresh" and from scratch. All of the fish and chicken were touted as never frozen. The soups (including chicken good dumpling and not so great onion) obviously were house-made. The kitchen was doing everything right, IMO, this weekend. I'll have to return for chicken, which I did not order because it takes 30 minutes to prepare (it's made to order) and the joint was about 30 mins from closing when we arrived). Anchor Steam on tap and interesting looking roadhouse appetizers (which I didn't try) like battered, deep-fried, blue cheese-stuffed olives. Also, salad bar heavy with church-picnic-style prepared salads came with the fish.

Thanks Chowhounds for making it less risky to give an old and forgotten place another shot. For Midwestern roadhouse/supper club type dining, I'm now a big fan of Dell Rhea's.

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