Charleston’s Favorite Restaurant Since 1980


What's Cookin' is a full service family restaurant in Charleston, Illinois, just minutes north of Eastern Illinois University.

Our Strawberry Bread is legendary and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. We also cater just about any size or type of event.

Opened in 1980, What's Cookin' restaurant is located at the corner of Seventh and Madison, one block north of the historic town square and seven blocks north of EIU.

When you’re in Charleston, don't miss a chance to stop in and say “Hello.”

There's more to Charleston than fast food!

  •  A full breakfast menu
  • Sandwiches
  • Dinners
  • Fresh Salads
  • Homemade soups
  • Homemade Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls, and Scones
  • Vegetarian options
  • Homemade Strawberry Bread

Fantastic Breakfast!


Daily Specials!

We have Beer and Wine!
Mimosas and Bloody Marys!

Here's what you'll find:
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Convenient Hours



Saturday & Sunday


 (217) 345-7427