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409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
217-345-7427
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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, Lunch

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food is adequate.

This is a place where the city comes to meet. You will seldom go there and not see someone you know. The food is.....eh, ok. Not great, although the praline pancakes will put a smile on your face. The place is famous for a quick bread called Strawberry Bread. It's well known and loved in the area... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
IllinoisMcCoys
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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English first
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a place where the city comes to meet. You will seldom go there and not see someone you know. The food is.....eh, ok. Not great, although the praline pancakes will put a smile on your face. The place is famous for a quick bread called Strawberry Bread. It's well known and loved in the area so you have... More 

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Casey, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Love going for breakfast, always have staff that is friendly and food is hot and large portions. Very good strawberry bread.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Charleston Illinois is a fantastic historic city with interesting stories regarding Abraham Lincoln the Civil War and much more. In addition there is a great place to have either breakfast lunch or dinner that I highly recommend called What's Cookin. The menu is full with some interesting dishes and the service is very good. When you go there for any... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

After a business meeting in Charleston, a business colleague and I stopped here on the recommendation of someone from the area. The place was fairly busy - and the menu - which is available on line - had some interesting choices. The service was a bit slow - but we weren't in a hurry so that was not an issue.... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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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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Additional Information about What's Cookin'

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

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
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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