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What's Cookin'

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409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
7:00 am - 2:00 am
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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
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Charleston, Illinois
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have frequented this place for years and years. The food is diner type but typically prepared very well; meals are cooked to order. The service is excellent the wait always keeps your coffe cup filled. Most of the staff has been there for a long time. I return fairly often.

Thank MNVikesfan
Charleston, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been going to What's Cookin' since we moved to Charleston twenty years ago. Food and service alike are consistently good--very good. Though professional, there is a "down home" feel to the service which is always friendly. The food is delicious, especially breakfast; I especially like the muffins. Another breakfast favorite is the Huevos Rancheros. Other... More 

Thank Vicky T
Kenova, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been in business for many years. The decor is very dated but the food was yummy. If you go you must have a piece of their strawberry bread. Take a loaf with you if possible!

Thank LKayMurray
Munich, Germany
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

I met a cousin one early morning for breakfast. This is a true Charleston establishment. The food is great, good choice (including a healthy choice), reasonable price and friendly staff. I am considered to be a "big city boy" and I am a healthy eater. They were very accommodating and provided what I wanted. I will for sure be back.

Thank Sailingbill63
London, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

The place for breakfast in Charleston. Can't go wrong with bacon, eggs and toast. Great coffee too! A friendly family atmosphere with hard working efficient staff!

Thank Banqueteer
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Awesome service!! Good prices, good food. Pancakes are to die for. I come back again and again and it's always a good meal. I like that they have specials and the muffins are to die for!

Thank Ken U
Charleston, Illinois
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92 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is one of those places, that is hanging on by a thread. Nice menu, never changes, food is chewable. Breakfast is by far the best choice.

Thank Robert D
Decatur, Illinois
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122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

I've been here several time and the food has always been ok, but never wows me. Prices are fair and the service is good. Visit here if you're looking for food like you'd make at time.

Thank Simballo
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank IllinoisMcCoys
Casey, Illinois
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86 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

Thank 2Colorado2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 217-345-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?