Bobo's Drive In

Open Monday at 11:00AM
2300 S.W. 10th St.
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Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 234-4511
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Visit one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine -- an award bestowed on this classic Topeka burger drive in by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in June 2009.

Bobo's has been a Topeka tradition since 1948 and was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" in 2008. It is famous for its handmade apple pies -- served by the slice or whole pie -- and its onion rings, which also are made fresh every day. Car hops take your order and bring your food to your car.

Anyone who has lived in Topeka very long knows about Bobo's. Most have eaten there at one time or another. And when people move away and come back to visit, many just have to have a burger at Bobo's. (Updated 4.5.10)

Average: 3.2 (134 votes)

THE BASICS

Cuisine: American, Burgers, Lunch

Price Range: $ - Inexpensive

Payment: American Express, Cash, Discover, Master Card, Visa

Reservations: No Reservations

Features: Takeout

Favorites:

Apple pie ($2.39 per slice), Double cheeseburger ($3.29), Onion rings ($2.19)

HOURS

Monday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM


FEEDBACK

The Legend

→ Comment by Kollman

06/01/2012 12:14 pm

I am not from Topeka, but work here, so trying to find all the good hidden gems for lunch. Bobo's kept coming up, so a few co-workers and I made our way down for a fun time and classic burger joint experience. It has the menu items you would expect and a few you wouldn't, plus a fast wait/cook staff. Food was out in no time and had a good burger and fries with a shake. Not my top 10 burger joint for just the food, but when you put it all together a must go to place.

One of Topeka's top greasy burger joints.

→ Comment by topekashawn

04/16/2012 4:35 pm

Looking for a authentic greasy burger and shake, Bobo's is easily in the top thee greasy burger joints in Topeka if not number one.

The burgers are great and the shakes are just amazing but I think the one thing that makes this place stand out is the onion non ring shaped rings that are just fantastic. In a town of almost entirely made up of restaurants that think of onion rings as the red headed step child of side foods aka boxed onion ring and even worse "beer battered" boxed rings (the Plantation excluded). Bobo's does theirs by hand and you can tell by the great taste and interesting presentation.

Love the Food But.....

→ Comment by jyoung2266

04/07/2011 10:46 am

Cant stand the smoking that is allowed while I am eating. If it isn't the car next to you puffing away while it blows into my window, It is the employees smoking ten feet from your car.

Sorry but this is nasty and needs to be stopped!

Ban smoking at BOBO's

A special childhood treat

→ Comment by VAnn Wagner-Brent

08/23/2009 1:01 am

I always go when I am in Topeka. There were once 2 locations. The pies were a staple at funerals when I was growing up. If anyone died, you called Bobo's to order pies. I understand why "newcomers" don't get it, but give it a go with a double burger and the onion rings!

Not that Good at all- I guess they lost their magic from the past

→ Comment by steveintopeka

07/22/2009 8:14 am

Food:
2
Service:
3
Atmosphere:
2

I moved to Topeka a few months back. My wife is a native Topekan and told me we have to go to Bobo's. So, we went there. The food left a lot to be desired and the service was okay. So, we tried it again about a week later thinking maybe it was just an "off" day. But, it was actually even worse. We don't go there anymore. Too many other places that are so much better. Cook's Grill on Gage actually has a much better burger and onion rings. Their service is always good. Eat at Cook's about once a week. Great Food, Great Prices and Great Service.
I don't recommend Bobo's at all.

Pretty tasty!

→ Comment by litis05

12/27/2008 11:47 pm

Food:
5
Service:
4
Atmosphere:
5

So where else can you find a drive in like this? I mean, this is some better service considering you don't have to speak into those speakers like they have at Sonic at the top of your lungs. I personally like to go inside. It's a bit small, and they should make it bigger. However the burgers and onion rings are delicious! My family (of 3) ate there including dessert for under $20!! Can't beat that!

Best at dusk

→ Comment by neopolss

07/17/2008 11:11 am

Food:
4
Service:
5
Atmosphere:
5

Bobo's retains an atmosphere long lost in American culture. If you are looking to break away from the endless chains and retro places, Bobo's is authentic. This place really hops at night, with even a few classic cars showing up. The service is fantastic, all brought to your car. It's been a long time since any place I have went to places a tray on the window. As far as the food - great burger joint. If you are like me (that is, a simple eater) then you won't be disappointed with the selection. I had a classic double cheeseburger, fries, and of course, apple pie. Don't compare this food with restaurant quality, it's not. It's diner quality, at its best. A burger should come in a wrapper, not on a plate with a knife and fork. Go and enjoy!

Bobo's, a Topeka Tradition.

→ Comment by libraryguy1

05/24/2008 2:28 pm

Food:
5
Service:
5
Atmosphere:
3

Bobo's is a classic. Their burgers, pork tenders, fries and onion rings are excellent. When I was there on Friday, it was a full house, but everyone was served quickly, and with a smile. The burger was delicious, and the onion rings are a must. There was one person who came in just to buy a pie. Well worth their reasonably priced foods,

Jeff

Featured on the Food Network

→ Comment by rrh

05/23/2008 3:22 pm

Tuned in to see Bobo's on Food Network. They have an employee who is from England...adds a touch of class to this place which is "jolly good, old chap."

It's a Classic

→ Comment by docputer

05/19/2008 1:08 pm

Food:
4
Service:
4
Atmosphere:
5

I won't say it is the absolute best hamburger ever, but it is pretty darn good. And save room for the pie!

Overrated

→ Comment by blue_dog

04/23/2008 2:19 pm

Food:
2
Service:
3
Atmosphere:
5

The burgers are definitely not the best in town. If you want to dine in a retro restaurant with vinyl pink booths, just go for the pie.

Hands-down the best burger in town....or even in several

→ Comment by MacThreinfir

04/22/2008 1:38 pm

Food:
5
Service:
5
Atmosphere:
5

I love a good cheeseburger just like every other warm-blooded American, but Bobo's double cheeseburger is in a league of its own.

I absolutely agree with the comment at the bottom. I wish their were more Bobo's. It's not every day a town can claim it has a burger stop that's been covered on national TV. They've even been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" - and for good reason.

Pros
* Bar-none, the best burger in town...or several towns
* Nostalgic atmsophere

Cons
* They're only in Topeka
* Not a lot of seating inside, but on the other hand, that's part of its charm.

--
-Mac-

Apple pie a la mode!

→ Comment by Topeka Eater

04/20/2008 9:33 pm

I love finishing my cheeseburger and fries meal with a slice of apple pie a la mode. I am very happy that they did switch to a non smoking restaurant. Just watch your step and have a seat at the counter, like the old days.

"Here you go, honey"

→ Comment by eattopeka

04/20/2008 1:07 pm

Food:
4
Service:
4
Atmosphere:
4

Ah, I miss those days. Still a great drive-in. All the classic items and all done well.

Franchise this place

→ Comment by jeff.davis

04/15/2008 12:59 pm

Food:
5
Service:
5
Atmosphere:
5

The only thing wrong with Bobo's is that there isn't one on every corner.