Come for the chicken, stay for the farm experience

Chicago Tribune
By: Vickie Snow Jurkowski / Daily Southtown
Photo: By Blaine Howerton
 
Photo Caption: People of all ages enjoy beautiful weather and changing leaf colors along the pedestrian mall at Timnath's annual Fall Festival.

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There's a reason generation after generation of diners have flocked to White Fence Farm in Romeoville.

"We cook and prepare the chicken the same way my grandfather did when we opened in 1954," said owner Laura Hastert. "People say 'My grandma and grandpa took me here.' And people come here all the time to celebrate Grandma's birthday although she's been gone many years."

Farm-fresh, all-natural chicken arrives daily from two distributors, is cut and quartered onsite, coated with her grandfather Bob Hastert Sr.'s recipe, pressure cooked and then flash fried in low-cholesterol soy bean oil.

"We call it the healthiest fried chicken you can eat," said Hastert, whose love for animals combined with her grandfather's fondness for vehicles and clocks have turned the restaurant into much more. "It's a destination. A landmark. And a tradition."

Outside, there are four Norwegian Dwarf goats, alpacas and a llama that guests may pet and feed through a white fence. A large red barn was added one year ago and large fiberglass chicken and cows add to the photo opportunities.

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