2013 Best of Topeka

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. \

Tuptim Thai

220 SW 29th St., Topeka

Now open in their new location at 220 SW 29th St., Tuptim Thai is a hidden gem of fine dining in Topeka. Serving a full menu of Thai favorites, Tuptim Thai will leave you craving their wonderful mix of sweet, hot and salty flavors until your next visit. Afraid of spicy food? Tuptim Thai can make any dish flavored mild, medium, hot, Thai hot or even hotter for the less-sensitive patrons. Enjoy a creamy Thai tea or one of the signature cocktails and finish your meal with a sweet sticky rice dessert to make your dining experience truly exceptional.

Via's Pizza and More

738 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

Opened in February 2008, Via's offers authentic pizzas (baked on stone), along with calzones, soups and salads.

Look for daily pizza specials wich feature toppings you won't find anywhere else in the area.

The bar serves 32 different beers and has seven locally-brewed beers on tap. Beers come from the Blind Tiger in Topeka, Tallgrass Brewery in Manhattan and 23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence. The owner-operated restaurant offers a great family atmosphere.

The restaurant went under new ownership in February 2014, now known as Via's Pizza and More.