Already home to one of Illinois’ best burgers, Charlie Parker’s is a Springfield institution known for oversized pancakes and the legendary local specialty, the Horseshoe. This open-faced hamburger patty, topped with fries or tater tots and a special cheese sauce, can also be enjoyed with bacon, ham, pork tenderloin... hell, even walleye. Oh, and don’t sleep on the country-fried steak.
Formerly Joe Rogers' The Chili Den Parlor, this local favorite has been a landmark in the Springfield community since 1945. You can customize the chili to your liking, adding your desired amount of beans, meat, oil, and more -- served either straight up or atop chili cheeseburgers and chili cheese dogs. Bonus: you can buy the stuff by the quart.