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“Try the Horseshoe”

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 June 12, 2013

We actually ate at Charles Parker's twice while in Springfield. A fun little mom and pop diner. We had seen it on Diner's Drive-ins and Dives and had to check it out. Glad we did. It was busy both times we went, once for breakfast and once for lunch. Note they are not open for dinner - closes at 2:00pm. The specialty is horseshoes and I tried a breakfast and lunch variety. Both were good but I highly recommend the breakfast one. The pony is the smaller portion and I couldn't even finish that. The lunch one has a cheese sauce that got to me after awhile but the breakfast gravy is amazing. Prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get. Will definitely go back if we are in Springfield again.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stopped by, as a lot of locals told us to try it. Well worth the stop. The place was crowded, but we didn't wait long. Service and food was great. You take step back in time at a unique diner. Would stop by again.

1  Thank 86MissyJ
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Diner type place but with awesome food & great service. don't judge the outside looks go in & you will be pleased. large portions & great prices you won't be disappointed. only draw back they are only open for breakfast & lunch. If you can get through a giant pancake wow is all I can say. this has been on the food network on diners drive ins & dives. a must check out if in Springfield Illinois

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We eat at Charlie Parker's at least twice a month for breakfast. The staff is friendly and fast, the kitchen is fast, and our orders are always correct. We usually get a simple egg dish, meat, hash browns, and toast. The portions are ample and depending what I order, I have some to take home for the next morning, Toward lunch time, we enjoy their chef salads. It is also big and filling,

The down side is sometimes there is a 15-30 minute wait and once inside, the restaurant is crowded, so don't expect to have quiet, intimate conversations. It can be a little loud.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Searched tvfoodmaps.com for restaurants to visit during our weekend in Springfield. Charlie Parker's didn't disappoint! You may just drive by unless you're looking for it as it is an old Quonset hut with a large gravel parking lot. Don't drive by!! The inside is "old diner" décor with vintage vinyl on the walls and stools at the counter. The staff is very friendly and service is quick. Although most customers around us were enjoying breakfast, we opted for burgers. Great homemade goodness that won't break the budget. Charlie Parker's is only open for breakfast and lunch, so stop early and come hungry!

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