Step inside the original Jersey Mike's Subs in Topeka and be prepared to hear from the personable staff. Featuring one of the friendliest atmospheres in town, Jersey Mike's serves a variety of great Italian subs, both hot and cold, along with wraps and salads. Jersey Mike's has been in Topeka since December 2003 and has a second location downtown. (Updated 6.10.10)
Step inside Jersey Mike's Subs and be prepared to hear from the personable staff. Featuring one of the friendliest atmospheres in town, Jersey Mike's serves a variety of great Italian subs, both hot and cold, along with wraps and salads. Jersey Mike's has been in Topeka since 2003, with its original location on S.W. Wanamaker. This downtown location with ample seating opened in 2005. (Updated 6.11.10)
Less than two years after opening the wildly popular LaRocca's Pizza at S.W. 21st and Urish, Vince and Irene LaRocca opened a new pizza joint in the former Spanky's bar location at 3100 S.W. Gage Blvd.
With room for a hundred hungry customers, the new LaRocca's location turned a tired and well-worn neighborhood bar spot into a sleek and pristine pizza place that features all of the items that keeps the standing room only place on Urish hopping.
LaRocca's delectable pizza, pasta, subs and salads are now served alongside a full-service bar that features more than a dozen beers, wine and cocktails.
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.
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)
Taking over the former Boston Market location, Noodles & Co. prides itself on a variety of noodle dishes from all over the world. Ask about adding meat to your favorite dish! You can even order online and pick it up at the restaurant - no hassle!
Since 1990, Olive Garden has offered Topekans great Italian food in a classic Italian atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite Northern and Southern Italian dishes as well as some Italian-American favorites like Fettucini Alfredo at this establishment where they work by the motto "When you're here, you're family!" (Updated 3/23/09)
Paisano's offers southern Italian cuisine, which means its selections are built around homemade sauces often featuring seafood and are served in large portion sizes. The entrees are so good you must be careful that you don't fill up on the bottomless fresh salad, bread and made-from-scratch soups.
Paisano's also has an early bird special Monday through Friday. Entrees are half-price with the purchase of a drink for everyone who is seated by 11:30 a.m.
They make anything Bambino size on request, for the little ones.
Delivery is limited to larger orders, with a minimum $75 purchase. (Updated 3/20/09)
Pie Five opened in December 2014 in the Crosswinds Commons. It offers personal pan pizzas that are completely customizable. Pizzas are cooked in less than 3 minutes in their 650-degree ovens. Salads can be found in pizza dough bowls, too.
Schlotzsky's flagship sandwich is "The Original." It includes premium meats, cheeses and marinated olives on warmed sourdough bread. The restaurant began in 1971 with this sandwich in Austin, Texas, but has since expanded to an international chain that features a broad range of pizzas, paninis and wraps. In a rush? Call or fax your order for a speedy pick-up.