Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket and Cocktail Lounge

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The Chicken Basket serves fried chicken, sauteed chicken livers, herbed chicken breast, garlic chicken, fried chicken gizzards, more chicken and "home-made heaven," says Patrick Rhea, munching on a corn muffin. His opinion is biased, though, as he and his mother own the place. Proud of its proximity to historic Route 66, the Basket began in an old gas station with a lunch counter in the late '30s or early '40s. Today it's a comfortable family restaurant with blues posters, black-and-white photos of Louis Armstrong and display cases full of Route 66 memorabilia and ceramic chickens. Live entertainment and drink specials can be found in the Blue Rooster Lounge.