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Lonnie Q's BBQ

3150 SE 21st, Topeka

After 10 years running the BBQ spot at Topeka Harley Davidson, Lonnie Weaver set off on his own (armed with a hungry army of loyal BBQ fans) and opened a new restaurant in February 2011, in Deer Creek Valley, just south of I-70 (take the SE Deer Creek Trafficway exit on I-70 and go south before turning east of SE 21st St.) and north of Lake Shawnee (from SE 29th St. behind the Lake Shawnee dam, go north on SE Wittenberg Road to SE 21st St.).

Located in a brand new building near Deer Creek RV Park, Lonnie's offers exactly what you expect in a BBQ joint: ribs, brisket, pork and turkey as well as an array of outstanding side dishes including his popular cheesy taters. On Saturday mornings, Lonnie's serves biscuits and gravy.

And before you think that Lonnie is just the mastermind at the smoker, know that the music inspired murals inside the restaurant were all painted by Lonnie himself. The interior of Lonnie's is both comfortable and sophisticated with room for 75.



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.



Maddie's

420 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

Maddie's is a lounge serving your favorite drinks and is directly connected to the Madison Street Diner inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

They serve the same great food that has made the Madison Street Diner a popular destination, as well as top-shelf cocktails in a quiet, friendly environment.

The walls inside Maddie's are uniquely decorated with drawings of past hotel guests and the staff is friendly and attentive. (Updated 6.29.10)



Madison Street Diner

420 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

The Madison Street Diner, inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, has been open since 2006, offering great food in a quiet, casual atmosphere for downtown office and government workers.

Don't be surprised if you cross paths with the governor, or run into your favorite legislator next door at Maddie's lounge! (Updated 7.1.10)



Mama Shirley's Family Restaurant

2511 S.E. California, Topeka

Mama Shirley opened in Feb. 2014, much to enjoyment of the residents of East Topeka. Mama Shirley offers fish by the pound, various fish sandwiches and other seafood plates.



McDonald's

2933 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Extra Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large or extra-large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a lobby for dine-in and carryout open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and a double drive-thru open 24 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

3530 N.W. 46th St., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a drive-thru available 24 hours and a lobby for dine-in and carryout which is available from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

1640 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Extra Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large or extra-large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a lobby for dine-in and carryout open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a drive-thru open 24 hours a day. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

1201 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Extra Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large or extra-large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a lobby for dine-in and carryout open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and a drive-thru open 24 hours a day. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

5525 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Extra Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large or extra-large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a lobby for dine-in and carryout open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a drive-thru open until midnight Friday and Saturday. This location also features a McDonald's PlayPlace facility. (Updated 7.26.10)