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Rip's Tavern

American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
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311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ladd, Illinois
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Average chicken, lots of grease. Great atmosphere. Unfortunately the service is limited by the size of the cooking tools and the dining patrons never seem to leave their seats and the waiting line forms forever outside. Witness to patrons just tossing in the towel and leaving to dine elsewhere.

Thank djnels0n
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a place where locals have been going for drinks and fried chicken for years. We arrived a little before 2:00 on a Sunday and were surprised the hostess asked us for our order! Turns out you order either white, dark, or chicken strips. Once seated we were able to order drinks. A look around let us know that... More 

Thank Simon082
Shorewood, Illinois
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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW! When we lived in the area, we were always told "you HAVE to go to Rip's, it's the best chicken." We figured "yeah right, this little place in Ladd, IL, sure." Well, everyone was absolutely 100% correct. What an experience! And I mean an experience. If you come on a Saturday, you MUST get in line right at 4:30... More 

Thank MelissaWP
Geneseo, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We drive 45 minutes to Ladd at least once a month for the atmosphere, friendly staff and of course the CHICKEN. This truly is the perfect place for small and large groups of people of all ages. If you are real lucky, you will arrive to find a line that can extend a significant way out onto the street. This... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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81 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Every year we drive about 3 hours to experience Rip's. My mom grew up in the area, so it has always been a place for us to go. We now live in Wisconsin but venture back to indulge. Amazing chicken, amazing prices.

Thank cheeseheadfamilyof4
New Jersey
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585 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

This was the best chicken we have ever eaten! We have been on a road trip for the past month and this was such a treat. After miles and miles of beautiful corn fields, I spotted a small sign for "food" at Exit 70....famous chicken....was what the sign said. Tonight was a special fundraiser meal and it made the chicken... More 

Thank travelingrm
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

My in laws read of Rip's somewhere and drive 2 hours to try it last year. They liked it so much they asked my wife and I to go with them. I thought the 2 hours was a bit long especially since we then got in a line that took 1 hour until we were seated. By this time I... More 

Thank ChicagoMedicineMan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

In certain small towns there are these gems that the locals flock to and the out-of-towners always make sure to stop for when passing through. Rips is definitely one of those places. Amazing fried chicken and easily the best onion rings I've ever had! They serve the "crispies" in a basket as an appetizer while you wait for your meal.

Thank Andrea S
Wilmington, Illinois
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This tiny pub is known all around the Chicago area for how great it is! The fried chicken is unbeatable! You also get a ton of bang for you buck, prices are great! You don't get any silverware unless you ask (its best eaten with your hands anyway!). I wish there were more places like this little gem!

Thank Angie H
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Rip's specializes in fried chicken. This place is an institution. I think it has been in business since the 1920's. The chicken is very fresh and hot when it comes to your table. The french fries are home made in-house. They are special. You can always get dill pickles and 'crunchies' as an appetizer. The decor is not fancy. There... More 

Thank Thomas D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329-9648
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Ladd
  • Phone Number: 815-894-3051

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?