The Shack

2842 SE 29th St., Topeka

Located across from the Lake Shawnee Dam, The Shack has been serving up some of Topeka's tastiest burgers for years, using fresh beef that they grind each day.

There is plenty to do at The Shack besides eating, with lots of cold beverages available as well as pool tables and video games. The Shack also has some of the nicest waitresses and bartenders in town.

The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. (Updated 2/23/09)

The Southern Star Cafe

5900 S. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Coming in to replace the longtime South Topeka staple Pat's Pig, The Southern Star Cafe opened in late summer 2014. Offering barbecue, burgers and more barbecue, Southern Star offers a mobile kitchen and catering.

The Vinewood

2848 SE 29th St, Topeka

Open for private parties by appointment only, the Vinewood has been a Topeka venue since 1890. With a large, spacious wood dance floor, the Vinewood offers a plethora of entertainment options, including dancing, dining, seminars, special events, receptions and parties. Steve and Toni Cloud revived and renovated The Vinewood to modern entertainment specifications while retaining the old charm. (Updated 2/23/09)

Topeka Sports Cabaret

4216 N.E. Seward Ave., Topeka

Topeka Sports Cabaret has a new menu but the same delicious food and unique atmosphere that only a gentlemen's club can offer. You can't go wrong with a mouth-watering steak, hot wings or a Philly cheesesteak -- or try out the $7 Friday lunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. (Updated 3.27.09)

Townsite Café

120 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

Owner Doug Petrie has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. He owns and operates the wildly successful Millennium Café at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library as well as Peach Tree Catering.

His latest venture, Townsite Café, which opened in April 2012, is a spiffy breakfast and lunch spot inside Townsite Plaza at S.W. 6th and Kansas.

Once you find your way to Townsite Café you won't have any problem finding your way back. With daily specials that will make your mouth water to a variety of fresh and delicious salads to sandwiches and wraps to a vegetarian menu to soups and chili, Petrie is proving that getting a quick bite to eat can be a deliciously tasty experience at a reasonable price.

Uncle Bo's

420 E 6th, Topeka

Uncle Bo's blues bar is located inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center and features local and national touring acts as well as food from the hotel's Madison Street Diner. Bo's is known for great live music and it is also a great place to get a bite to eat, whether you are a hotel guest or just a fan of the blues. (Updated 2/20/09)

Weller’s Grill & Bar

222 N.W. Independence, Topeka

Built as North Topeka’s only sports grill and bar, Weller’s TV sets offer 416 inches of viewing area. Owners, Jason Jennings and Richard Jennings have designed the place so there is “no bad seat in the house.”

Weller’s offers 10 beer selections on tap including micro-brews and a menu that includes steak, seafood, pasta, burgers and appetizers. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.


2107 S.E. California Ave., Topeka

Whiplash is a bar with much more than the regular bar food. It claims to have the best cheeseburger in town, but what really sticks out is the homemade roast beef sandwich. With roast beef piled high on two slices of Texas toast, a huge pile of mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, it's the special each Wednesday. Whiplash also offers an 8-once ribeye steak on Friday nights for $10. (Updated 2/26/09)

Wild B's

1630 S.W. Arvonia Place , Topeka

Branching off from Bobo's Drive-In, Wild B's is the brainchild of Bobo's owner Richard Marsh. He has partnered with Leroy’s, a barbecue restaurant established in Pomona and Lyndon. Wild B's offers Bobo's burgers and apple pie, but also features Leroy's food.