White Fence Farm | Suburbs Southwest | American | Restaurant
Not, as touted, the world's best fried chicken, but this palace of kitsch is worth a trip if, say, you're a fan of Wall Drug.

Our Review

At White Fence Farm, a Sunday-dinner institution in southwest suburban Lemont, a giant Plexiglas bird stands sentinel at the front gate. Inside, the carpet is patterned with phalanxes of chickens marching in lockstep, and chicken paintings and sculptures hover in every corner--you can't help but feel a bit self-conscious tearing chicken flesh from bone under their gaze. In fact the whole place has an unnerving feel of The Shining to it--particularly on a Wednesday night with 11 out of the 12 huge dining rooms empty and a staff outnumbering the patrons. The restaurant claims to have the best fried chicken in the world, but it just ain't so: ­the birds are small, the thighs difficult to tell from breasts, and the crust is crisp but undersalted. Sides are tasty, though: take your pick of midwestern classics like pickled beets, cottage cheese, three-bean salad, or sugarcoated corn fritters, all served family style. Steak, a beefy 20-ounce T-bone, was better than the chicken. But food is really a sideline at White Fence, which has sprouted Wall Drug-like accoutrements: a petting zoo, an antique car museum, and a collection of 19th-century clockwork carnival games.

Seth Zurer

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