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409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
217-345-7427
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6:00 am - 8:00 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
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love the biscuits and gravy here. Hands down - my favorite. The atmosphere is clean and the staff is mostly friendly. The place is full of "regulars" who have their favorites. Some of the menu items taste a little "canned" - (think gravy), but decent otherwise. Oh, and I recommend the strawberry bread. Never had anything like it.

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Thank Amanda C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a resident of the town in which this restaurant is located. It is locally owned and an excellent place to meet friends for breakfast or lunch. They open early for those of us who like to exercise early in the day and then go on to What's Cooking for coffee or a light breakfast.

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Thank Carole E
Charleston, Illinois
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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.

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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 July 13, 2016

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 

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Thank Vicky T
Kenova, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 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!

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Thank LKayMurray
Munich, Germany
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68 reviews
46 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.

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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!

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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!

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Thank Ken U
Charleston, Illinois
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

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Thank Robert D
Decatur, Illinois
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138 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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
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?