Charlie's Cafe115 Main St E
Freeport, MN 56331
Charlie’s Café is delicious food at its best. With tasty specials, breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with appetizers and desserts, it’s impossible to go wrong. Our daily specials are always a hit; it might be just what you’re craving. Your hardest decision will be what to order, we guarantee it. From great food to excellent service, Charlie’s Café will make sure that you leave full and satisfied. Check out our menu to see exactly what we offer. After you're done, don’t forget to take some caramel rolls home with you.
Charlie's became one of the two most famous halfway points in the state, the other being Toby’s (Minneapolis Tribune, front page). At any given time, one will find one-half the customers from the West: Fargo, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alexandria, Fergus Falls and Glenwood. The cafe was the centerfold of a recent National Geographic magazine and book entitled, In Search of Lake Wobegon. Garrison Keillor of “Prairie Home Companion” lived South of Freeport when he first started writing and worked at St. John’s radio station. He would be a daily customer and still stops in when he is in the area. It’s popularity is all attributed to great home cooked meals and friendly small town atmosphere. It’s constantly been on café ratings in all food types for years in MN. Whether it is the famous caramel roll, meringue pies (old fashion) or homemade chili and soups. It has been the spot on I-94 and before. Most of the customer base is repeat customers. Whether they are from Minneapolis, St. Paul or Fargo – this is their kitchen away from home.
Average Meal Prices
- Less than $15
- Kid friendly
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 89 reviews
Great food, old time ambience! Saw sign on interstate, stopped in, very pleasant surprise. Waitress, food, decor all excellent!
— cmcsmcm, May 30, 2022
I stopped in to Charlie’s Café to see if they had any to go breakfast sandwiches. The restaurant was very clean and the gal that helped me at the front desk was friendly. It had a small town feel...
— kathyreeves2018, April 17, 2022
We stopped here on our way home from Alexandria. The service was good and the food was great. The prices were very reasonable as well. The only disappointment was that they were out of pie when we...
— skuubeedoo, September 13, 2021
This is a very popular place for lunch on Saturday, and it's clear why. We had super attentive service and the food was really good. Nothing fancy, just delicious.
— kranzo, June 30, 2021
Discovered this place by accident but I feel blessed that I did. The food was fantastic! I was amazed that only two waitresses could do such a great job at serving all the tables so quickly. The...
— toujoursm2021, June 7, 2021