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“Be prepared to wait...”
Review of Rip's Tavern

Rip's Tavern
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Ladd
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Brew Pub
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Ottawa, IL
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Be prepared to wait...”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you come here, be prepared to wait in line! It's a very popular but very small chicken place that doesn't take reservations, and it's not uncommon to wait an hour for a table. But they have a bar so you can drink while you wait! Fried chicken fans claim this is the best fried chicken around. I think it's good, but it is extremely greasy.

  • Visited October 2011
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English first
Gurnee, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Traveling salesman”
Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

Stopped here due to the reviews. I camthi l PGA few places with better chicken, but this is due to traveling North America. They don't have menus and a limited menu but only serve chicken mostly with a few exceptions during lunch or friday night fish. They offer both white fish and catfish but everything is breaded the same. The breading is also served on the side in a dish which is the leftovers from the chicken coming out of the baskets.
Food was OK, service at the bar was very friendly and excellent.

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Seneca, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“gotta love the atmosphere”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Love the hometown atmosphere of Rips. Love the fried chicken and the fried pickles. The staff makes you feel like a "regular" Nothing fancy but great food and great bargain.

  • Visited July 2012
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Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Great fried chicken”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

Get the chicken. And the pickles. It's fried stuff, but it's great!

Visited December 2011
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LaSalle, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best fried chicken anywhere!!!”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

This has to be the best fried chicken any where!!! Charming little simple place Ina small town. With the lines that form every weekend you know it's good. Talk to anyone in Northern Illinois and they will tell you that Ripps is the place to go

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