Monday, August 29, 2011


Charlie Parker's ~ Springfield, IL

One of my favorite things to do while on vacation is try local cuisine.  I love to try that "famous" hot dog or unbelievable pizza.  I ask around for recommendations on places I need to try and rely one of my favorite iPhone apps, Yelp.

While in Central Illinois this summer, my in-laws insisted that we try this local diner, famous for it's ginormous pancakes and heavenly horseshoes.  What's a horseshoe you ask?  Well, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives asked the same thing and took a trip to this famous local diner - Charlie Parker's in Springfield, Illinois.

The quanza hut does not look like a diner from the outside, but once you step inside, the decor takes you right back in time.
Love the neon lights, albums, and nostalgic posters on the wall.
But we weren't here for the decor.
We wanted one of these!
Yep!  That's a 16 inch pancake!!!!!
And because I love me some Illinois horseshoes, I just had to try the Breakfast Shoe:
And while it may not look all that appetizing, it was heavenly!
Texas Toast
Scrambled Eggs
1/2 Cheese Sauce 1/2 Country Gravy
Topped with Hashbrowns
Oh yum!!!

There is something for everyone at Charlie Parker's...including chocolate chip pancakes and Mickey Mouse cakes for the kids.
And did we finish off the 16-incher?
well, we made a good attempt at it!


Lisa said...

Wow, that is some pancake!!

Impulsive Addict said...

That is the biggest pancake I've ever seen in my whole life! And to eat 4 of them as a challenge?? OMG. No way.

My mouth is watering looking at your dish. YUM! I just had some egg beaters this morning. Blah.

Connie Weiss said...

That shoe thing sounds awesome! I'd totally try that.

Jessica said...

What a pancake! Now I'm hungry.

AMY said...

OMG.....that is one HUGE pancake!

Food looks very yummy! I'm hungry and its 12:30 in the morning (damn).
I know what I'm making for breakfast!