2013 Best of Topeka

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

1421 S.W. Ashworth Place, Topeka

Cracker Barrel, which bills itself as "Half Restaurant. Half Store. All Country," was founded in Lebanon, Tenn., in the late 1960s to better meet the needs of country travelers. The founder felt that fast food was decreasing the quality and prevalence of roadside diners and sought to start a business to alleviate this problem. From its birth, Cracker Barrel has maintained this dedication to American South style breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites.



Cryster's Asian Diner

4731 N.W. Hunter's Ridge Circle, Topeka

Opened in April 2008 in the Hunter's Ridge area in Northwest Topeka, Cryster's offers authentic Chinese, Japanese and Korean foods served in a clean, modern, casual atmosphere. And the service is great.



Denny's

1500 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Enjoy Denny's delicious breakfast and dinner menu in a casual diner atmosphere all day. Check out favorites from the breakfast menu like the Meat Lover's Breakfast or the Original Grand Slam. Or try something from the lunch and dinner menu for a heartier meal. \



Dickey's Barbecue Pit

609 N.W. Highway 24, Topeka

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is part of a franchise founded in Dallas in 1941. The franchise is known for its “Lip Smackin’, Finger Lickin’, Rib Ticklin’, Knee Slapping’, Foot Stompin’, Great Tastin’” barbecue, paired with speedy service and inexpensive prices.

Specialties include Dickey’s signature beef brisket, which is slow smoked using an overnight cooking process, as well as southern pulled pork, fall off the bone pork ribs and Virginia-style ham. There is an extensive menu of homemade side items, including waffle iron fries, jalapeno beans, fried okra and mac & cheese, as well as a variety of catering options.



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.



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.



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!



Grover's Smokehouse

1217 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

Since 1986, people driving through the intersection of S.W. Huntoon and Gage Boulevard have been met with the distinct aroma of smoked meat coming from Grover’s Smokehouse.

Although the owners had decided to close down the restaurant and re-open as a new place in 2013, the community reached out and begged them to stay, so they decided to keep the barbecue joint.



Hanover Pancake House

1034 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Hanover Pancake House has been serving Topekans since 1969. Its slogan is: "Food so great, you'll scrape your plate!" Hanover serves both breakfast and lunch favorites in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, and is popular among the downtown Topeka lunch crowd.



Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions

724 S. Kansas, Topeka

Hazel Hill offers a mouth-watering display of melt-in-your mouth, delectable sweets. The goodies don’t come cheap, but they are a perfect example of the phrase “you get what you pay for.” Hazel Hill offers fancy treats, like champagne truffles, but it also makes old favorites like the caramel apple seem brand new.

Rest in a cushy chair, breathe in the chocolate aroma and watch the scene. Enjoy a cup of coffee and take advantage of free wireless Internet.

Everything is made in the old downtown storefront. Call for information about taking a tour, and watch Hazel Hill make its own fudge, truffles, turtles and other sweets. The shop opened March 17, 2006, and now ships its goodies throughout the country.

Hazel Hill also has a second location in Manhattan.