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Charlie Parker's

700 North St., Springfield, IL - (217) 241-2104
Charlie's is an out-of-the-way Quonset hut diner that goes back decades but has only recently been given a spiffy-kitschy 1950s interior makeover that includes plenty of glass bricks, neon, and chrome-banded stools at the counter. Specialties of the house include huge pancakes and Springfield's signature dish, the horseshoe.
83% Approval Rating (6 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Stuffed French Toast
Horseshoe
Pancake

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"No one ever has been able to eat a four giant stack at Charlie Parker's, which is a shame, because if you do, it's on the house. Otherwise, you pay $8. Actually, that is a huge bargain considering that the four pancakes that comprise a giant stack are enough food for ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

700 North St., Springfield, IL
(217) 241-2104

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Crystal the waitress totes a breakfast shoe and a giant pancake.
"Crystal the waitress totes a breakfast shoe and a giant pancake."
Michael Stern





I was pretty filled up after making an insignificant dent in one of Charlie Parker's pancakes, presented to diners on a pizza pan. If you eat four of them, the quartet is free.
"I was pretty filled up after making an insignificant dent in one of Charlie Parker's pancakes, presented to diners on a pizza pan. If you eat four of them, the quartet is free."
Michael Stern


This mega-calorie breakfast shoe is topped with hash browns and cushioned with cream gravy. In between are eggs, breakfast meats, and cheese.
"This mega-calorie breakfast shoe is topped with hash browns and cushioned with cream gravy. In between are eggs, breakfast meats, and cheese."
Michael Stern


The counter seats allow for a great view of the neon sign, as all the great looking food gets passed through from the kitchen.  Note the saying on the back of the waitresses' t-shirts:
"The counter seats allow for a great view of the neon sign, as all the great looking food gets passed through from the kitchen. Note the saying on the back of the waitresses' t-shirts: "Eat It and Beat It.""
Cliff Strutz


Saturday morning at Charlie Parker's: every seat is filled and a line snakes out the door!
"Saturday morning at Charlie Parker's: every seat is filled and a line snakes out the door!"
Cliff Strutz


Charlie Parker's is nearly impossible to find. My GPS was close to useless. But devotees have been coming for decades.
"Charlie Parker's is nearly impossible to find. My GPS was close to useless. But devotees have been coming for decades."
Michael Stern



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