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“Hard to find - but worth it”

Charlie Parker's Diner
Ranked #2 of 491 Restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: 1950's themed diner serving American cuisine. Famous for our breakfast Horseshoe and 16" pancake.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Charlie Parkers is one of THE places to go for breakfast or lunch in Springfield. On the weekends, the waiting line for tables runs out the door and spills on to the gravel parking lot. Famous for their huge pancakes, but just about anything you order will arrive at your table fresh, hot, and tasty. Prices are very reasonable and portions are large - and just about everyone in town knows it - so arrive early to avoid a wait. A true 'diner' experience.

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Thank Scott S
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Give the horseshoe a shot, it's worth saying you had one. Not something that I could eat everyday (maybe once a year....once ever.....) but this was a good place to try it. I liked the hamburger with tater tots more than my girlfriend's buffalo chicken. Half a shoe should suffice, unless you are starved. Can see why Diners Drive-in's and Dives went here - funky atmosphere (it's in a quonset hut).

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Thank mja1982
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

You have to go to Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield, IL. What an experience. This place is an icon with many unique meals. If you can eat a huge pancake in one seating it is free. Believe me, There can't be many people who succeed getting a free breakfast pancake. You will not leave hungry.

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Thank Joseph R
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Springfield is a small place with limited food choices, but we do recommend a hearty breakfast at Charlie Parker's. It's a standard-issue diner - quick service, good food - but the wall decorations brimming with nostalgia do raise it to the level of 'quirky'. The place seems to be popular - was filled to the gills with what seemed like retired locals. We had the breakfast shoe - pony size (their portions are large for non-Americans and I wasn't sure I'd be able to get through a standard size horseshoe) and the 'plate-size' pancakes along with hash-browns. The food is filling and good, though it can tend towards the heavy side. If you happen to be there, do take a moment to sign his visitor's book - he boasts of feeding people from all 50 states and 74 countries. We were happy to make it 75.

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Thank Rhyncus
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Breakfast served all hours, which is a plus, but nothing special. No real cream for the coffee, and maple-flavored corn syrup and butter substitute for the pancakes. I can't recommend a place that doesn't use real ingredients.

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