Jogging around Dubuque this last year, I often passed Jack’s Chicken Palace, a family owned business in Dubuque since 1962. Jack’s has been the top spot for chicken and fish. The smell brings me back home to some of my favorite places. However, being in the middle of my run with no cash, I never made the stop. I decided to make one of my goals this year to be to visit Dubuque’s finest. This past week, I checked it off my list.
Jack’s does not have the largest menu, but definitely gives their customers the best quality and price. As college students, money is tight so we should always find the best value when making any purchases, especially food. As a fried chicken spot, ordering the chicken is a must. I asked the man at the counter, “What do you recommend most?” He said, “ Whatever you order must include chicken.” So, I went with the chicken dinner which included four pieces of chicken: breast, leg, wing and thigh. Not only did it come with four pieces of chicken, it included coleslaw, fries and a butter roll. All for $7.40! Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner!
The chicken was crispy, moist and full of flavor. The menu is not limited to only chicken, you will also find fish, burgers, and sandwiches with sides of salads (macaroni, potato and bean), onion rings, fried gizzards and fried mushrooms.
“My family is from Dubuque and we’ve been going to Jack’s for many years. The chicken is the hit on the menu, but I suggest you also order a side of onion rings as well,” second-year Thomas Rhomberg said.
There is no need for a car because Jack’s Chicken Palace is only blocks away and a very fast walk. They are located at 1107 University Ave.
I recommend calling ahead as it is a carry-out spot. If you forget, don’t worry, the wait is only about fifteen short minutes.
Jack’s Chicken Palace is closed Monday, open from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sunday.