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.
Baker's Dozen began in 2004 as a mom-and-pop style doughnut store. The S.W. 21st St. store moved into an 11,000-square-foot building that offers a drive-through window seven days a week. The spacious dining room hours on 21st St., where all of the store's baking is done, are now 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Regulars will still find the popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut and the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Donut, with fresh batches now made twice a day. And you still get more for your money at Baker's Dozen, which stays true to its name by adding an extra doughnut to every dozen you purchase. Diabetic? No problem! Baker's Dozen offers several doughnuts made with Splenda. (Updated 4.5.10)
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.
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.
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.
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)
At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite coffees and teas are served by talented and friendly baristas. Plenty of soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps are available for a quick lunch or dinner, including a delicious array of options for vegetarians. A variety of baked goods are prepared regularly throughout the week, and a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails was recently added. (Updated 3.1.10)
Bradley's, which opened in North Topeka in February 2006, features popular, made-from-scratch rolls, buns, fries and 25 different kinds of pies. Its turkey and dressing meals, meatloaf, and biscuits and gravy are popular with diners.
The Brickyard Barn Inn offers a romantic spot for a wedding, a cozy spot to get-away or a quiet space for a corporate lunch. This charming dairy barn was designed by Kansas State architecture students and built in 1927 with unusual large red, glazed brick on the exterior.
It has survived floods – in 1951 and again in 2005 when it came back from substantial damage. Efforts to remodel the barn into a home began in 1976, and it got its start as a bed and breakfast in the 1990s.
Owners Scott and Truanna Nickel will do what it takes to please guests and catering customers.
“Nobody in town is as full service as we are,” Scott says confidently. “If someone wants a mariachi band, we’ll find it.”