Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins

4400 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

Baskin-Robbins has operated its S.W. 21st Street store since the 1970s, offering delicious ice creams, shakes and specialty cakes. The corporate slogan is "31 Flavors" because the company wanted to be able to offer customers a different flavor each day of the month. This store actually offers about 48 flavors. Just tell them what you want and they'll scoop it up.



Baskin-Robbins

2837 S.E. California, Topeka

Baskin-Robbins has been part of the southeast Topeka community since the late 1970s, offering delicious ice creams, shakes and specialty cakes. The corporate slogan is "31 Flavors" because the company wanted to be able to offer customers a different flavor each day of the month. This store actually offers about 42 flavors. Just tell them what you want and they'll scoop it up. (Updated 4.2.10)



Cheeburger Cheeburger

2919 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

This '50s style diner most definitely is not brought to you by the letter "S." Cheeburger Cheeburger, which opened June 23, 2009, features "Cheeburgers" (what others might call a cheeseburger) topped with as many as 26 different toppings.
The Wanamaker location is the first Kansas franchise for the Fort Myers, Fla., chain. Cheeburger Cheeburger features beef fresh from a plant in Dodge City, topped with one of nine cheeses and then any combination of 26 toppings for no extra charge. Cheeburger also offers sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and malts.
“It’s not fast food,” owner Tom Overton told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “Everything is made to order.”
Hungry adults who can make a "pounder" disappear will get their picture taken and posted on a bulletin board inside the restaurant. Kids younger than 12 can take on the challenge with a half-pounder.



Cold Stone Creamery

1227 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Cold Stone Creamery, which opened in 2006, is described as the ultimate ice cream experience. It makes its own ice creams on site, mixed on a frozen granite stone. It also makes its own waffle bowls and cones, as well as cakes with ice cream and real cake. (Updated 5.12.10)



Cook's American Grill

1936 S.W. Gage, Topeka

Cook's features excellent American food -- and especially tasty burgers -- served at the counter. The standard meal is a cheeseburger with onion rings or fries. The onion rings are a customer favorite, featuring light breading while maintaining the true onion flavor.



Dairy Queen

3320 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

This Dairy Queen offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and "tons of ice cream" in a casual atmosphere. You can eat inside, out on the patio or pick up your order at the drive-thru. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen

1725 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Besides the usual Dairy Queen fare of ice cream, shakes, Blizzards and Arctic Slushes, this restaurant offers items that require some chewing, like hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and chips. And there's a convenient drive-thru. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen

1700 S.W. Medford, Topeka

Dairy Queen is an American original. The old order-at-the-window DQs, like the one on S.W. Medford, have been around for decades. This DQ, in addition to the usual treats, now will scoop its ice cream into a fresh-made waffle cone or waffle bowl. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

2026 N.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Dairy Queen is an American original, and this Dairy Queen in 2009 married with Orange Julius to expand its icy-cold offerings.

DQ faithful will find the usual array of treats. Plus, workers here will scoop ice cream into fresh-made waffle cones or waffle bowls. Orange Julius fans will find yummy smoothies and, of course, the Orange Julius (although there are plenty more fruity flavors to try).

Customers can use the drive through or hop out of their cars and walk up to the order window. This location is mostly about cold treats, but it also offers hot dogs. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dickey's Barbecue Pit

609 N.W. Highway 24, Topeka

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is part of a franchise founded in Dallas in 1941. The franchise is known for its “Lip Smackin’, Finger Lickin’, Rib Ticklin’, Knee Slapping’, Foot Stompin’, Great Tastin’” barbecue, paired with speedy service and inexpensive prices.

Specialties include Dickey’s signature beef brisket, which is slow smoked using an overnight cooking process, as well as southern pulled pork, fall off the bone pork ribs and Virginia-style ham. There is an extensive menu of homemade side items, including waffle iron fries, jalapeno beans, fried okra and mac & cheese, as well as a variety of catering options.