Heartland Cafe Uptown

325 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

A favorite workday breakfast stop for the downtown crowd, the Heartland Cafe Uptown offers a good, hot lunch and breakfast seven days a week. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and friendly service while making the cafe a regular destination for breakfast or your lunch hour. (Updated 6.29.10)

Henry’s Grill

2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Operated by Black Dog BarBQue since 2008, Henry’s Grill located upstairs at Topeka Harley Davidson, 21st & Topeka Blvd., is a very popular place to enjoy some of the best smoked BBQ lunches in the northeast Kansas area. Turkey, Pulled Pork, and Brisket sandwiches are available Tuesday thru Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and running til 2 p.m. Side dishes include baked beans with bacon and beer, cole slaw, and Topeka favorite “Cheez ‘n Tators". Lunch is served with a different daily special; “Smoked Meatloaf” on Tuesday, “Burnt Ends” on Tuesday and Wednesday, “Smoked Sausage Chunks” on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday “Baby Back Rib".

Breakfast is served fresh, not frozen or processed, Saturday mornings from 8-10:30 a.m. and includes made from scratch biscuits and gravy, fresh bacon & cheez egg omelet combo, sausage biscuits, handmade waffles, toast and jelly, and their customer favorite “Black Dog Sausage, Egg and Cheez” breakfast sandwich.

Hot Java

3343 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

Opened in October 2008 by Michelle and David Boyer, Hot Java occupies part of the former Mr. D's bar building in the 3300 block of S.W. Gage.

Besides being a place to get a great cup of coffee - whether straight up or in dozens of different varieties - Hot Java features a friendly, attentive staff in an upscale cafe vibe with pastries, salads, paninis and a bistro menu. (Updated 6.3.10)

International House of Pancakes (IHOP)

1731 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, IHOP offers a variety of food for all ages in addition to a great selection of pancakes. Enjoy your favorite breakfast items, including specialties such as international crepes and seasonal breakfast specials, or experience the other items the IHOP menu has to offer. All menu items are available at all times, with specially priced menus for Seniors and Children.

Jason's Deli

6121 S.W. 12th, Topeka

Jason's Deli offers a delicious and healthy menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and baked potatoes. All food served in the restaurant is 100 percent trans-fat free and has no MSG. Enjoy a salad bar with Jason's unique Asian Salad featuring cabbages and peanut sauce or try one of its signature pasta salads. Have a sandwich for lunch or dinner or try a baked potato that seems too big to be true! (Updated 6.3.10)

Jayhawk Corner Cafe & Jayhawk Java

700 S.W. Jackson, Topeka

Scott Nickel, who has operated the Brickyard Barn Inn on N.W. 25th with his wife, Truanna, for the past 11 years, has extended his cooking reach to the Jayhawk Tower office complex at 7th and Jackson.

The Jayhawk Corner Cafe, located in the lobby of the former Jayhawk Hotel, offers an all-inclusive lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and eventually will have breakfast, too. The food includes American, Italian, Mexican and Southwestern favorites on a rotating basis. Coffee is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week.

Jet-A-Way Café

Forbes Field Airport Terminal, Topeka

The Jet-A-Way Café, located just off the runway at Forbes Field, provides an up-close view of action at the airport while also serving barbeque in a diner-like setting. The food is so good and convenient that some pilots make a point of fueling up at Forbes just so they can eat there, too. The Jet-A-Way Café also welcomes those who work at Forbes Field as well as visitors who want to grab a bite to eat while watching planes take off and land.
The food includes barbecue ribs, pulled pork, brisket and turkey. But if you’re craving something you don’t see on the menu, just ask. The cooks are happy to make what you want, including a variety of breakfast items.
Café hours may vary. If, for example, a later flight is expected to arrive, the café may stay open late.

Juli's Coffee and Bistro

110 S.E. 8th, Topeka

Juli's Coffee and Bistro, located in Gage Village shopping center at Huntoon and Gage, opened in May 2011. Featuring a long list of drip, espresso and gourmet coffee drinks, Juli's also has a menu loaded with tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads. In the morning, look for biscuits & gravy, breakfast burritos and tacos as well as assorted Danish.

With coffee beans from Kansas City's Roasterie and Topeka's Blue Jazz, owner Juli Cuthbertson has owned coffee shops in Rossville, Junction City and Wamego before opening up her new cafe in Topeka.

In April 2014, Juli's moved from the Huntoon and Gage location to downtown.

Larry's Shortstop

3834 S. Topeka Ave., Topeka

Larry's Short Stop will fuel your belly while you fill your gas tank. In 1985, this gas station started selling chicken and has expanded its menu over the years. Days start off with a variety of breakfast options, from the popular biscuits and gravy to eggs. Later, there are cheeseburgers and french fries as well as meatloaf dinners, chicken and noodles, and beef and noodles. The shop has seating for 25 people, but most people take their orders to go. (Updated 6.11.10)

Lazio's Coffee Bar & Roasterie

2111 S.W. Belle, Topeka

Lazio's is a friendly, laid-back spot where customers can come in for a good cup of coffee, a bagel for breakfast or a sandwich for lunch. Lazio's roasts its own coffee, so break away from your normal brew and try one of its specialty drinks! (Updated 1.29.14)