American

Abigail's Grill and Bar

3701 S.W. Plaza Drive, Topeka

Formerly That Place, Abigail's Grill & Bar opened in November 2011. Owned by Frank and Abigail Saiya, Abigail's aims to be a neighborhood bar for South Topeka. With a menu that features breakfast all day with a southern twist (think comfort food), Abigail's will also have burgers and sandwiches to go along with a full bar.

The restaurant opens at 9 a.m., but the kitchen doesn't open until 10:30 a.m. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 12:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

Karaoke is offered Thursday and Saturday.



Almost Home Cafe

3536 N.E. US-24 Highway, Topeka

As the name implies, Almost Home Cafe features downhome cooking -- "Good ol' trucker food." But don't be fooled by the menu and think only truckers enjoy the homecooked meals for which Almost Home Cafe has become known. A visit to the Highway 24 favorite, near Grantville, proves that locals and truckers alike appreciate the friendly atmosphere and delicious food prepared by the owners who opened the location in 2007.



Annie's Place

4014 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

Annie's Place has been a favorite mealtime destination for casual dining for since the late 1980s. It prides itself on its freshness, whether it is pies and bread or salads. Enjoy a delicious specialty burger and special dessert menu featuring your favorite pies cooked fresh daily. Annie's serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.



Applebee's Grill and Bar

5928 S.W. 17th St., Topeka

Since 1992, Applebee's has offered customers a fun, friendly and casual dining experience, along with a wide array of meal options. Stick with classic American favorites like steak and potato combinations or venture for something new on their seasonal menu. For the health conscious, Applebee's offers a Weight Watchers menu of guilt-free versions of their favorite menu items. With a full bar and wide menu selection, Applebee's calls itself "America's Favorite Neighbor." (Updated 3.29.10)



Baby Dolls

5300 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Baby Dolls, in addition to being the premier gentleman's club in South Topeka, features a full-service kitchen serving steak, shrimp, hamburgers, chicken and salads. Come and try the $4 cheeseburger and fries special (Monday-Friday until 3 p.m.) and be sure to pick out a table with a view! (Updated 1/06/14)



Baker's Dozen

1949 N.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Baker's Dozen offers a tasty, sugary breakfast for folks in North Topeka. Open from 5 a.m. to noon, you might want to get an early start to grab these delicious treats.



Banjo's Cafe

5824 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Banjo's, a staple of South Topeka-Pauline dining since the mid-1980s, offers a casual breakfast and lunch menu that features homemade meals, including the popular biscuits and sausage gravy. The diner serves breakfast all day. Under the same ownership since 2001, Banjo's continues to feature many of the original wait staff, keeping a high rapport with the people of Pauline.



Big 'Uns Grill

1620 S.W. 6th, Topeka

Opening in August 2013, the Atwood brothers said that this restaurant is perfect for carnivores, including ribs, brisket and burgers. They use no gas burners, and even cook the food on their own meat smoker. Check them out today!

Big Uns also features live blues bands every Friday night.



Bill's Diner

2134 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Owners Bill Brading and Lee Browning strive to make Bill's Diner a quick, affordable and, of course, delicious destination for diners of all walks of life.

The restaurant specializes in unfussy American favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, chicken fried steak and pulled pork sandwiches. The service is speedy, the help friendly and the food can't be beat.

Look for Bill in the kitchen, grilling your burger to perfection and chatting up customers in the dining room.



Billard Airport Restaurant

3600 N.E. Sardou, Topeka

For a good time in a casual atmosphere, try Billard Airport Restaurant, which has been serving good ol' hot American food for more than half a century. Leased from Phillip Billard Airport, the restaurant welcomes all Topekans and visitors for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. (Updated 4.2.10)