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)

Lazy Toad Restaurant, Sports Bar & Lounge

5331 SW 22nd Place, Topeka

Todd Howell's exciting new sports bar & restaurant opened in the west end of Fairlawn Plaza in April 2011. Howell, a partner in Bullfrog's Live for nine years, has created a spectacular new place that holds more than 300 people and has 38 50-inch flat screen TVS as well as a 10-foot HD projector TV. On the weekends Lazy Toad will have live music.

The restaurant features home style food with favorites such as fried chicken and meatloaf as well as New York-style pizza as well as upscale bar food.

Look for the addition of an outdoor patio with seating of about 100.

Ling's Cafe

2022 N. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Located in the North Commons shopping area on North Topeka Boulevard, Ling's Cafe specializes in Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Look for traditional Chinese dishes like chow mein, egg foo young and sweet and sour as well as Japanese favorites like teriyaki.

In 2012, Ling's expanded and renovated adding more seating, a Mongolian Grill and a Sushi Bar. In addition to an extensive menu, look for a lunch and dinner buffet.

Opened in March of 2011, Ling's is helping to fill the void of Asian restaurants in North Topeka and features dine-in as well as carry-out service. (1/13)

Little Caesars

3702 S.W. Burlingame, Topeka

Little Caesars is best known for its Hot-N-Ready large pizza. There's no need to call ahead; just walk in and walk out with a 14-inch, one-topping sausage, pepperoni or cheese pizza. Want more than one topping? Call ahead and order your favorite combination. (Updated 6.23.10)

Little Caesars

2620 SW 6th Ave, Topeka

Little Caesars is best known for its Hot-N-Ready large pizza. There's no need to call ahead; just walk in and walk out with a 14-inch, one-topping sausage, pepperoni or cheese pizza. Want more than one topping? Call ahead and order your favorite combination.

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.

Los Charros

4111 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

If you're a fan of delicious Mexican food and cheap margaritas, and who isn't really? Then Los Charros is the place for you.

Marco Smith, part-owner of El Charro, had always wanted to open a second location in Topeka. He and his wife Savanna realized that dream with the opening of Los Charros in August 2010. The restaurant is nestled in the corner of the Gage Center shopping complex and is easily accessible from Gage Drive and Huntoon Street.

Signature dishes include fajitas and Popeye's Chicken (made with spinach). Mouth-watering 99-cent margaritas are on special Monday - Thursday, as well as on Saturdays. A spacious dining room and eye-catching bar area are just icing on the cake.

Lupita's Mexican Restaurant

732 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

At Lupita's Mexican Restaurant, all of the recipes originate from within the family. By using Lupita's creations the restaurant can guarantee the food will have an authentic, at-home Mexican flavor. Enjoy this popular lunch location for the downtown crowd or try it at the dinner hour for a calmer dining experience. (Updated 6.29.10)

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.

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.