2009 Best of Topeka

Golden Corral

1601 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Golden Corral is a family-oriented, buffet-style restaurant. Enjoy several themed buffets, including a soup bar, a salad bar, steak and hot meats, Mexican food and other favorites. Don't forget to finish your meal with one of the wonderful choices on the dessert buffet!

HuHot Mongolian Grill

5900 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

HuHot is a Mongolian-style grill where diners are invited to pillage their own creations. Choose from a selection of meats, vegetables, seafood and sauces, then watch excitedly as the chefs cook your creation in front of you. Perfect for vegetarians or people with food allergy as chefs pay special attention to those requests and clear a spot on the grill. Not good at creating your own meal? Simply start over. Use the cards provided at the table or by the wait staff to help you choose something you're bound to like.

International House of Pancakes (IHOP)

1731 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, IHOP offers a variety of food for all ages in addition to a great selection of pancakes. Enjoy your favorite breakfast items, including specialties such as international crepes and seasonal breakfast specials, or experience the other items the IHOP menu has to offer. All menu items are available at all times, with specially priced menus for Seniors and Children.

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

1925 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Since 1990, Olive Garden has offered Topekans great Italian food in a classic Italian atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite Northern and Southern Italian dishes as well as some Italian-American favorites like Fettucini Alfredo at this establishment where they work by the motto "When you're here, you're family!" (Updated 3/23/09)

Pad Restaurant

1730 N.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

The Pad is a Topeka tradition. Enjoy delicious burgers, popular pork tenderloin sandwiches, other sandwiches and a salad bar. The Pad cooks at fast-food speeds with taste that tops what you'll find at a fast-food chain. For sit-down diners, enjoy a salad bar for lunch or dinner. Then top off the meal with soft-serve ice cream or pie.

For a great deal, show up between 3 and 9 p.m. on Mondays when burgers are half price. (Updated 2/6/14)

Paisano's Ristorante

4043 S.W. 10th Street, Topeka

Paisano's offers southern Italian cuisine, which means its selections are built around homemade sauces often featuring seafood and are served in large portion sizes. The entrees are so good you must be careful that you don't fill up on the bottomless fresh salad, bread and made-from-scratch soups.

Paisano's also has an early bird special Monday through Friday. Entrees are half-price with the purchase of a drink for everyone who is seated by 11:30 a.m.

They make anything Bambino size on request, for the little ones.

Delivery is limited to larger orders, with a minimum $75 purchase. (Updated 3/20/09)

Panera Bread

1421 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

This bakery and bistro offers a comfortable spot to meet with friends or enjoy free Wi-Fi Internet access. Coffee and espresso drinks are available along with soups, salads, paninis and sandwiches that feature Panera's fresh-baked breads. The long menu is filled with a wide array of options.

The Topeka location in this national chain opened in 2000 and has been a repeat "Best of Topeka" winner.

Call and fax-in orders are accepted with no minimum purchase required. Orders can usually be ready within 20 to 30 minutes, but the staff can't guarantee it will be done at a specific time.

Prairie Band Casino and Resort

12305 150th Road, Mayetta

Just 15 minutes north of Topeka, Prairie Band Casino, a mile west of US-75 highway, has three choices for your dining pleasure.

The Buffalo Grill is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering inexpensive soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers in the hotel lobby.

The Longhouse Buffet has breakfast, lunch and dinner for a more moderate cost.

For the big spender, there is Three Fires Steakhouse, which offers high stakes fine dining. Steaks are $19 to $36, a petit filet of bison is $38 and lobster tail is $30. There also are soups and salads for $4 to $5.

Three Fires opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For reservations, call (785) 966-7777. \

Skinny's Sports Bar & Grill

4016 SW Huntoon, Topeka

Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill -- where every day is game day. When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Burgers, fries, steaks and chicken are served, too. The grill closes at 11 p.m. (Updated 2/27/09)


1801 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

This Subway, located in the Food Court of West Ridge Mall, serves delicious hot and cold sandwiches, accompanied by chips, a dessert, salad or soup. Select from their menu of specialty sandwiches or create your own with any vegetables, sauces and meats available. This location also features your favorite ice cream selections. (Updated 2/25/09)