Food And Flicks

Food and Flicks | RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK

With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, Topekans have an incredibly diverse choice of culinary options. From burgers and barbecue to chili and chicken, there is a little something for everyone. Each week we will profile a different local eating place.

The Eagle's Nest

October 17, 2011

Eagle's Nest, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd., is an ideal spot for people who love coffee and motorcycles. Located on the lower level of Topeka Harley-Davidson at S.W. 21st and Topeka Boulevard, Eagle's Nest features Harley decor and specialty coffee drinks. Under new ownership in September 2009, the focus is on coffee as Eagle's Nest serves PT's roasted coffees including the signature Eagle's Nest roast: Full Throttle. Breakfast and lunch available.

DECOR: The Eagle's Nest is not a large place but what it lacks in size it makes up for in coolness. Sleek and sophisticated Harley-Davidson memorabilia is everywhere you look, from the color scheme to the artwork on the walls to the bar stools.

ATMOSPHERE: An incredibly friendly and helpful staff is quick to greet you once you walk inside the Eagle's Nest. A large coffee bar/ordering area is on the left and a comfortable dining area is on the right. The vibe is friendly and relaxing which is perfect for a coffee shop/cafe.

AT A GLANCE: Delicious sandwiches and breakfast items (try the awesome biscuits and gravy) are featured at the Eagles Nest as are a large selection of coffee drinks (from drip coffee to lattes and cappuccinos) all powered by beans from local coffee roaster PT's Coffee Co. If you are looking for a funky, cool, unique place for breakfast or lunch, or just a place to grab a great cup of coffee and read a book, this is a perfect choice.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/eagles-nest-topeka-harley-davidson

The Classic Bean

October 3, 2011

The Classic Bean, 722 S. Kansas Ave., features a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu that has satisfied Topekans since 1993. It also features a full coffee bar with its own roasted coffee. The Classic Bean attracts a diverse section of the Topeka population, partially through their dedication to live entertainment. The management features a broad range of blues, bluegrass, acoustic and other forms of musical entertainment designed to appeal to younger and older crowds.

DECOR: As you enter the Classic Bean, artwork greets you during a walk down a long hall to the kitchen area. An abundance of seating fills most of the front of the place, and the artwork you saw when you came in continues down the south wall.

ATMOSPHERE: Because the Classic Bean is in the heart of downtown, you'll see politicians, bankers, construction works, state government officials and every thing in between. Business meetings, coffee groups and students all find a place to hangout at The Bean

AT A GLANCE: While coffee is suggested in the name, the Classic Bean also whips up tasty sandwiches, soups and salads. A daily lunch special is always a favorite with the regulars as is the dessert case loaded with goodies. The Bean is a great place to meet friends and colleagues for coffee or lunch.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/classic-bean-0

Henry's Grill

August 1, 2011

Located on the main level of Topeka Harley-Davidson at 21st and Topeka, Henry’s Grill, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd. is a favorite hot spot for local BBQ.

The sandwiches of pulled pork, brisket or turkey rival the best you can find anywhere! Side dishes of cheez ‘n tators, beer beens or slaw and desserts of brownies or cream cheese pineapple pecan cake are receiving high marks from customers. Baby back ribs on Friday and Saturday are fall-off-the-bone delicious.

Catering and on-location private parties are available. Where else can you have a great lunch and walk 20 feet to shop for an new Harley? Have lunch at Henry’s

DECOR: It probably goes without saying that a restaurant located inside a Harley-Davidson dealership would probably have a motorcycle theme. Keeping in the Harley color palate of orange and black, the decor of Henry's is cool. A dozen booths line the east wall and tables and chairs fill the center of the place.

ATMOSPHERE: This place is always fun to visit because you are never sure who you might run into. From business men in suits, to bikers in full leather, everyone loves the food at Henry's.

AT A GLANCE: The barbecue at Henry's (or the Harley Q as our friends call it) is outstanding. As are the cheesy potatoes. And the beans. And the brownies. And the biscuits and gravy. You might not think that you'd find a culinary oasis tucked inside of a motorcycle haven, but that is exactly what Henry's is all about.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/henry’s-grill

Blackbird Espresso

March 20, 2011

Now entering its second year, Blackbird Espresso Bar & Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, 4025 S.W. 10th Ave., has become one of Topeka's most popular coffee shops. Serving locally roasted coffee from PTs and a delicious variety of fresh-backed goodies, owners Jayson and Lauren North have created an oasis for cafe addicts. Great coffee, wonderful sandwiches and soups and tasty treats will lure you back time and time again.

DECOR: Soon after the Norths opened Blackbird, they went to work creating a sophisticated and relaxing coffee shop feel with an earthy color palate complementing each wall, elegant lighting and tons of new comfortable tables and chairs. And while some coffee shops display somewhat suspect "artwork," Blackbird has continually hosted outstanding artists with special exhibit openings each month.

ATMOSPHERE: Much like the decor, the atmosphere is sophisticated enough that you'll find attorneys and realtors conducting business, yet relaxing enough that you'll find writers, artists and musicians hanging out. A small patio in front of the cafe offers a great warm weather spot to enjoy your java.

AT A GLANCE: Located in a spot that has been a coffee shop in a variety of incarnations for more than 15 years, Blackbird has quickly gained a large and loyal following. The owners, who are often working in the cafe, know most of their customers by name.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/blackbird-espresso-bar-and-bistro

Pat's Pig

March 1, 2011

Pat's Pig, 5900 S. Topeka Blvd., is one of those places that is more than worth the drive. Located way down on South Topeka Blvd., Shane and Tamara Starkey, owner's of Pat's Pig, know a lot about great barbecue. They have an amazingly loyal following, which is a testament to the quality of food they serve.

DECOR: The newly remodeled place has an updated feel but still retains all of the barbecue charm. The dining rooms - yes two dining rooms – are both spacious and comfortable. Tamara's Starkey's stained glass art is a nice touch to a fabulous roadhouse feel.

ATMOSPHERE: Depending on when you visit Pat's Pig can have a big effect at how busy the place will be. Lunchtime and after work attract especially big crowds, but one of the great things about Pat's Pig is that the food is just as delicious if you take it home to eat. So, the next time you drive by and the parking lot is jammed, stop in and grab a slab of ribs to go. You won't be sorry.

AT A GLANCE: If you are a fan of off the beaten path, out of the way, incredible food finds, then Pat's Pig is most certainly on your list. The only problem with telling all of your friends about the place, is that it will be that much more crowded the next time you stop by.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/pats-pig

New City Café

February 14, 2011

New City Café, 4005 S.W. Gage Center Drive, is a gem for anyone who loves wine and good food – a neat place with chic décor tucked into Gage Center. The wine selection is New City Café’s “pride and joy,” says owner and chef Luis Guillén, and the restaurant offers wine tastings the first Wednesday of each month along with the opening of the month’s art exhibit.

DECOR: One of the trendiest eatery interiors in Topeka. From galvanized metal and glass blocks to art deco and concrete floors, New City is hip and cool. An amazing circular bar is the focal point of the main room, with a wall of wine anchoring the adjoining dining space.

ATMOSPHERE: New City is a interesting place. The lunch vibe is edgy and sophisticated with a wide range of customers dining on fixed selections of trendy entrees and delicious salads. At dinner, the place is transformed into a romantic, elegant wine refuge. The perfect place for a first date or a 20-year anniversary.

AT A GLANCE: New City is cool. It is one of those places that you can't wait to take someone who has never been. A modest front facade gives way to chic, modern trendy flair in every detail from the menu holders to the restrooms.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/new-city-café

Tacos El Sol

January 31, 2011

Since 1998, Tacos El Sol, 2124 S.E. 6th St., has been providing great, authentic Mexican meals in its cozy, clean restaurant in East Topeka. Service is fast and friendly, and everything — right down to the salsa — is prepared at the restaurant. Its customers are loyal. Some have been coming back regularly since it opened.

DECOR: Tacos El Sol runs like a well-oiled machine. The staff knows how to make the most of an often crowded counter where orders are placed. A small window into the kitchen gives visitors a glimpse into the magic that is being created over hot stoves and grills.

ATMOSPHERE: Like other popular Topeka spots, lunchtime can be particularly busy with a diverse group of loyal customers. You'll see suits sitting next to laborers, kids next to grandparents.

AT A GLANCE: Tacos El Sol is a true Topeka treasure. From the incredibly friendly staff to the amazingly authentic Mexican dishes, you won't find a better place to eat. The parking lot is often jammed with vehicles, so plan your dining accordingly.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/tacos-el-sol-mexican-restaurant

Pizza Parlor

January 11, 2011

An Oakland family-owned favorite since 1965, the Pizza Parlor, 1919 NE Seward Ave., features delicious pizza meals including the Big Bobby -- a 16 inch Super Supreme pizza that weighs 6 pounds before entering the oven!

Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." The menu includes hamburgers and ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. On Saturday, try a steak during the Steak Night Special. On Sunday, the Pizza Parlor serves breakfast 9 a.m. to noon and the regular menu noon to 7 p.m.

The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

DECOR: The Pizza Parlor is like many other neighborhood restaurant/bar combinations. Plenty of seating, with booths along the walls and large tables in the center, makes this a perfect place for a large group or a solo adventure. A row of about six bar stools sit at the bar at the south end by the kitchen.

ATMOSPHERE: The Pizza Parlor can get busy during a typical weekday lunch hour. Patrons range from neighborhood families to construction workers and businessmen. A daily lunch special is always a popular choice.

AT A GLANCE: If you are looking for an authentic neighborhood joint, the Pizza Parlor is an ideal selection. Friendly waitresses, delicious food, interesting customers and a juke box - what more could you ask for? This is one of those places that people have been coming back to for generations. Don't be fooled by the small parking area in front, there is plenty of additional parking east of the place. The Big Bobby will get you in the door, the burgers will have you coming back for years.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/pizza-parlor

Daddy Cakes

September 27, 2010

If you are looking to treat your sweet tooth this is the place. Daddy Cakes,4036 S.W. Huntoon St., in the Gage Village shopping center, is the only place you will find gourmet cupcakes in the Topeka area. Enjoy a "Daddy Cake," which is a cupcake the size of a Texas muffin, or a "Baby Cake," which is a regular size cupcake. If you're concerned about the health impacts of a giant-sized cupcake, try a "Skinny Cake," a cupcake featuring 200 calories or less, fewer than five grams of fat and healthier ingredients than your normal cupcake.

DECOR: Cute and whimsical is the best way to describe the decor inside Daddy Cakes. It looks and feels like you are in cupcake heaven. The shop is lathered in pink hues and has plenty of room for customers to stay and eat their cupcakes. A steady stream of customers buying cupcakes by the box can be found at the counter. When the weather is nice, outdoor seating is perfect to relax and have a little piece of heaven.

ATMOSPHERE: The instant you open the door, you realize you are in an amazing place. The smell of deliciousness bathes the place as a display case of carefully crafted cupcakes await your selection. And since they make cupcakes almost exclusively, you can expect everyone working in the place to be an expert at helping you pick the perfect one.

AT A GLANCE: Daddy Cakes is one of the most unique places in Topeka. If you are looking to put a smile on a coworkers face, wanting to impress your sweetie or just looking for an amazing, self indulgent outing ... this is the spot!

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/daddy-cakes

Eagle's Nest

September 6, 2010

Eagle's Nest, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd., is an ideal spot for people who love coffee and motorcycles. Located on the lower level of Topeka Harley-Davidson at S.W. 21st and Topeka Boulevard, Eagle's Nest features Harley decor and specialty coffee drinks. Under new ownership in September 2009, the focus is on coffee as Eagle's Nest serves PT's roasted coffees including the signature Eagle's Nest roast: Full Throttle. Breakfast and lunch available.

DECOR: The Eagle's Nest is not a large place but what it lacks in size it makes up for in coolness. Sleek and sophisticated Harley-Davidson memorabilia is everywhere you look, from the color scheme to the artwork on the walls to the bar stools.

ATMOSPHERE: An incredibly friendly and helpful staff is quick to greet you once you walk inside the Eagle's Nest. A large coffee bar/ordering area is on the left and a comfortable dining area is on the right. The vibe is friendly and relaxing which is perfect for a coffee shop/cafe.

AT A GLANCE: Delicious sandwiches and breakfast items (try the awesome biscuits and gravy) are featured at the Eagles Nest as are a large selection of coffee drinks (from drip coffee to lattes and cappuccinos) all powered by beans from local coffee roaster PT's Coffee Co. If you are looking for a funky, cool, unique place for breakfast or lunch, or just a place to grab a great cup of coffee and read a book, this is a perfect choice.

MORE INFO: http://food.topeka.net/food/eagles-nest-topeka-harley-davidson