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What's Cookin'

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409 7th St, Charleston, IL 61920-2046
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Orland Park, Illinois
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very good breakfast food and you have to try their Strawberry bread!! Have bought loaves to bring home many times when we stop here when visiting our kid at EIU

Thank SueNW
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I really enjoyed our first experience here. My Mediterranean platter (Greek salad & hummus with pita chips) was delicious. My son had a turkey sandwich and fries. His only complaint was that the meat was smoked rather than roasted;perhaps having a choice between the two or simply the roasted as a healthier choice is a suggestion. Fast... More 

Thank Katherine H
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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.

Thank Amanda C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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.

Thank Carole E
Charleston, Illinois
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97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank MNVikesfan
Charleston, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Vicky T
Kenova, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank LKayMurray
Munich, Germany
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?