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Rip's Tavern

American, Brew Pub, Bar
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311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
815-894-3051
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Hours:
Sun 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Chicken, chicken, chicken!

This place doesn't need an introduction, it's been around for years! It's a fried chicken gem in a small town. If fried chicken and fries are your thing, there is no better place in the world! Yep, In the world! The mushrooms and side of crispies is extraordinary good too! I can say the ONLY... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Michael D
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This place doesn't need an introduction, it's been around for years! It's a fried chicken gem in a small town. If fried chicken and fries are your thing, there is no better place in the world! Yep, In the world! The mushrooms and side of crispies is extraordinary good too! I can say the ONLY con, is your health. If... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Visiting from Australia, the locals insisted we have dinner here. It was all explained. We arrived at 16:00 hrs on the dot, got a table and drink. Where served the 'scrapes' as starters, then the deep fried mushrooms and pickles. And then mains..... A white half for me. Wing and breast of the best deep fried chicken I have ever... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Rips is a chicken place. You have fried chicken and chicken strips (fish on Fridays only). You get krispies from the fryer and pickles as complementary appetizer. You can order fried mushrooms which is the only other food they have. A full bar with a okay selection of craft beers makes the trip to this one street town worth it.

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Riverwoods, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We read about Rip's in an article from a Chicago paper just after we returned home from a trip to the state parks in the general vicinity of Rip's Tavern, and we made a note to check out the place if we ever traveled to the area again. That chance came recently when we spent a couple of nights in... More 

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Galva, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went to Rip's for the first time after hearing so much about it. Went on Halloween night as we were passing through town. I will agree the fried chicken was excellent and will go back again. Large portions for a decent price.

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Winterset, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I am biased because I am from the area, but Rip's has always had charisma in treating each customer uniquely and with the best service. I thought I would write a review from an experience unlike most will ultimately have. I no longer live in the area so when I do near Rip's from states away I have started calling... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

RIP’S TAVERN in LADD, ILL 9/2014 Rip’s Tavern-311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329 (815) 894-3051, www.ripschicken.com -Accepts Credit Card: No but has an ATM machine Parking: Street, Attire: Casual, Good for Groups: Yes, Good for Kids: Yes, Takes Reservations: No, Delivery: No, Take-out: Yes, Full Bar Q-Tips say: Go and Enjoy! WORTH THE DRIVE! because of the chicken. They... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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466 helpful votes 466 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Ladd, Illinois, located one mile north of Interstate 80 on Route 89 near Spring Valley in the Ottawa/Streator area, was incorporated in 1890 and will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015. But the tiny Bureau County community has a population of only 1,295. It didn't have any chain stores until 1998. It is most notable for the large hill in... More 

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Sacramento, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What you see is what you get, nothing fancy here, not even real silverware. Just a little hole in the wall tavern that serves some of the finest fried chicken 5 nights a week. It used to be better back when Mom and Pop ran the place. Son in law took over and has changed the format a bit. Still,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I LOVE Rips chicken. Easy menu--light or dark. If you dine in get crispier for an appetizer. It's the fried breading that has fallen of the chicken in the fryer. Great atmosphere!! Fun place to hang out. You can carry Rips out to Mi would drive miles and miles for Rips. My family just carried out over 100 pieces of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Ladd
  • Phone Number: 815-894-3051

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Brew Pub, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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