2009 Best of Topeka

Annie's Place

4014 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

Annie's Place has been a favorite mealtime destination for casual dining for since the late 1980s. It prides itself on its freshness, whether it is pies and bread or salads. Enjoy a delicious specialty burger and special dessert menu featuring your favorite pies cooked fresh daily. Annie's serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.



Boss Hawg's Barbeque

2833 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

As its slogan says, Boss Hawg's has been "Horrifying Vegetarians Since 1995" with its delicious barbecue. The casual dining restaurant, located in the Brookwood Shopping Center and attached to Pigskin's Sports Bar, has won numerous state and regional awards, and has placed high in national and international rankings. Topeka native Sarah Burtch took over for original owner Elizabeth Lumpkin in April 2013. (Updated 4.18.13)



Cara's Cup

5660 SW 29th, Topeka

PT's has been the leader in Topeka coffee shops since 1993 and also has a roasting company that caters to restaurants and customers across the country.

You can buy fresh roasted coffee by the pound right at the shop. PT's in Barrington Village brews five different coffees daily that are all fresh roasted. It boasts some of the most knowledgeable baristas in the business.

PT's also serves hot and cold sandwiches, fresh muffins, and scones. And, for the hard-core coffee lover, PT's has a Clover machine, a one-cup brewing system.

In 2014, the original PT's location underwent a name change, being re-branded as Cara's Cup, in honor of Cara Kroll, a former manager who passed away in 2012. The shop is under different ownership.



Dairy Queen

3320 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

This Dairy Queen offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and "tons of ice cream" in a casual atmosphere. You can eat inside, out on the patio or pick up your order at the drive-thru. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen

1725 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Besides the usual Dairy Queen fare of ice cream, shakes, Blizzards and Arctic Slushes, this restaurant offers items that require some chewing, like hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and chips. And there's a convenient drive-thru. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen

1700 S.W. Medford, Topeka

Dairy Queen is an American original. The old order-at-the-window DQs, like the one on S.W. Medford, have been around for decades. This DQ, in addition to the usual treats, now will scoop its ice cream into a fresh-made waffle cone or waffle bowl. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

2026 N.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Dairy Queen is an American original, and this Dairy Queen in 2009 married with Orange Julius to expand its icy-cold offerings.

DQ faithful will find the usual array of treats. Plus, workers here will scoop ice cream into fresh-made waffle cones or waffle bowls. Orange Julius fans will find yummy smoothies and, of course, the Orange Julius (although there are plenty more fruity flavors to try).

Customers can use the drive through or hop out of their cars and walk up to the order window. This location is mostly about cold treats, but it also offers hot dogs. (Updated 5.12.10)



El Mezcal III

5301 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

El Mezcal is a regionally owned and operated restaurant, serving delicious Mexican food seven days a week. With traditionally prepared Mexican-style rice and beans, El Mezcal keeps its regular costumers satisfied and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any patron new to the establishment. On Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a margarita, frozen or on the rocks, for just 99 cents each.



El Mezcal Restaurant No. 4

511 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

El Mezcal is a regionally owned and operated restaurant, serving delicious Mexican food seven days a week. With traditionally prepared Mexican-style rice and beans, El Mezcal keeps its regular costumers satisfied and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any patron new to the establishment. On Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a margarita, frozen or on the rocks, for just 99 cents each. (Updated 5.19.10)



Glory Days Pizza

2811 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

Glory Days has served wonderful pizza in Topeka and Lawrence since 1985. This location delivers to a limited area near the store but welcomes all of Topeka to dine-in or carryout.

With three delicious varieties of crust, the freshest pizza sauce and a giant selection of toppings to choose from, Glory Days, which has consistently won Best of Topeka awards, is the perfect break from the big chain pizza joints.