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409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
217-345-7427
Website
Today
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Wed 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Fri 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good local restaurant

Excellent local restaurant! Food is freshly prepared. Nice atmosphere. The homemade Strawberry bread and muffins are outstanding.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
buickgirl123
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Charleston, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Charleston, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent local restaurant! Food is freshly prepared. Nice atmosphere. The homemade Strawberry bread and muffins are outstanding.

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Charleston, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I am a picky eater and while there are a few things here I would not order, I did order the Greek Salad with Feta. It was fresh, sprinkled with Greek herbs and the waitress was great. She brought a cruet of olive oil (the only fat I will eat besides other organic oils like walnut or grape seed) and... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good food and family atmosphere! Takes a little too long to get your food if you have a larger (6 or more) group.

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Charleston, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I eat breakfast there every weekend I'm in town, sometimes both Saturday and Sunday! Great eggs, blueberry pancakes, and everything else. You've required me to answer the following question but I'm always there with family AND friends. I live in Charleston and eat here a lot.

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Charleston, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

A great breakfast spot!! My favorite place for biscuits and gravy. They are known for their Strawberry Bread and have some wonderful muffins.

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Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The waitress was very friendly but not overbearing or annoying. Service was fairly quick. Eggs ham toast and hash browns all very tasty. Very cute small town restaurant. Would definitely revisit

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Leaf River
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

While there is always a time and place for an elegant meal, sometimes it is a wonder to find a small town local restaurant that knows what it can do and does it well. What's Cookin' in Charleston, IL, is just that. The atmosphere is not the point, it's just comfortable and family friendly. The wait staff is quick, friendly,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
306 reviews 306 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

By far the best option for breakfast, and even with a large crowd on family weekend at EIU, this place knows how to provide service and do so quickly. Quality of the food is good...don't let the line at the door scare you. The management here nows how to turn keep things moving and so the wait is never really... More 

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We went their because people around town said it was good. The food was quick and the waiter tried to rush our order because a large group was ordering at the same time we were. Staff was never rude and continue to check up on how we were doing. Everything was wonderful.

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Manhattan, Illinois
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Normal array of breakfast choices are tasty, but the strawberry bread is worth taking home. Staff was attentive and food was good. Gets very busy during school year, very lively, but going during the summer is much more relaxed, and service is better. A block or two off the downtown square. Have eaten here 2-3 times for breakfast, during school... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 217-345-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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