2013 Best of Topeka

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.

Kiku Japanese Steak House

5331 S.W. 22nd Place, Topeka

Kiku's has been the place for good Japanese dining -- with the meals prepared before your eyes on the hibachi -- for 20 years. Kiku's is fun to watch and great to eat! If you're in the mood for a different style of Japanese food, enjoy sushi prepared by the talented sushi chefs. Enjoy one roll as part of your hibachi meal or fill your stomach with sushi alone! (Updated 6.11.10)

LaRocca's Pizza

3100 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

Less than two years after opening the wildly popular LaRocca's Pizza at S.W. 21st and Urish, Vince and Irene LaRocca opened a new pizza joint in the former Spanky's bar location at 3100 S.W. Gage Blvd.

With room for a hundred hungry customers, the new LaRocca's location turned a tired and well-worn neighborhood bar spot into a sleek and pristine pizza place that features all of the items that keeps the standing room only place on Urish hopping.

LaRocca's delectable pizza, pasta, subs and salads are now served alongside a full-service bar that features more than a dozen beers, wine and cocktails.

Mad Eliza’s Cakes and Confections

2839 S.W. 29th, Topeka

After three years of creating cakes in their home, Peggy and Mark Murnahan opened their first retail shop — Mad Eliza’s Cakes and Confections — with pink walls and a checked black and white floor.

Mad Eliza’s, named after the Murnahan's daughter Madeline Elizabeth, features cakes and confections including cupcakes, cookies and cheesecakes that change daily. Some of the more popular selections are the maple-bacon cupcakes, cream cheese-filled chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars. Peggy also makes cakes to-order.

In late 2014, Mad Eliza's moved across town to Brookwood Plaza.

McFarland's Restaurant

4133 S.W. Gage Center Dr., Topeka

Established in 1932, McFarland's is the oldest continuously run restaurant in Topeka. It offers casual fine dining for its loyal customers, who can enjoy an atmosphere in which they can eat and carry on a conversation without a lot of background noise. There are two rooms that can be reserved for private parties -- one seating 30 people and the other seating 70.

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

1235 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

On the Border, which opened in 2005, serves your favorite Mexican dishes prepared in a Tex-Mex fashion. Enjoy specialty fajitas, tacos or Build Your Own Burrito. If you're counting calories, choose from the Border Smart menu featuring items with 750 or less calories, 25g or less of fat, and 8g or less of saturated fat.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

1570 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt opened in Topeka in April 2011.

Featuring a wide variety of decadent flavors as well as fruit-based flavors, Orange Leaf has something for everyone. And just like their flavor choices, the Orange Leaf toppings bar allows you to customize your treat with everything from fresh fruit and nuts to brownie bites and chocolate syrup.

Started in San Francisco in 2008 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Orange Leaf now boasts more than 90 stores scattered across the country, and has become the fastest growing frozen yogurt franchise in the U.S.

Pepe & Chela's

1001 S.W. Tyler, Topeka

The Aliva family has been feeding Topekans since 1986. Everything is made fresh daily, from the chips to the chile rellenos -- with food made from both Avila family recipes and other dishes created to entice customers.

In May 2009, the restaurant completed a new outdoor patio, adding 26 seats where diners can enjoy the weather on nice days and evenings. The patio features outdoor music and lights.

Pizza Hut

2310 N. Topeka Blvd, Topeka

Pizza Hut began when two brothers, along with their mom and $600, opened a pizza parlor in 1958 at a busy intersection in Wichita, Kan. Now, Pizza Hut has a global reach and can boast of being the world's largest pizza restaurant company.

Its menu is packed with pizza as well as other meal options, including pasta and chicken wings.

For delivery, call the centralized delivery number at (785) 267-2000. Or order online at www.pizzahut.com – just remember you must be able to physically present the card with which you placed the order.