Since 2005, Old Chicago has offered Chicago-style pizza -- that is, pizza made in a deep dish with lots of toppings -- to Topekans. The restaurant also serves Calzones and a variety of pastas and salads. Don't forget to finish your meal with a giant, freshly baked dessert cookie a la mode. (Updated 3/23/09)
Founded in 2005 in Kansas City, Pancho's is a 24/7 Mexican restaurant known for giant burritos. The Topeka restaurant, which opened in Dec. 2011, focuses on using fresh ingredients to prepare made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine.
The Topeka location is the sixth Pancho's to open and features burritos, fajitas, tortas, tostadas, tamales, enchiladas, and tacos as well as combination platters and breakfast burritos.
Papa John’s takes pride in using fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough and quality ingredients. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza company. Delivery and carry-out available. Go to www.papajohns.com to place your order online. (Updated 3/20/09)
Perkins is a national chain that operates one location in Topeka serving home-style American food. Hours run early to late, and the folks at Perkins serve the entire menu all day long including breakfast.
Perkins offers fresh-baked goods, from muffins to pies. Try them inside the restaurant or take them to go.
When available, the party room can be reserved in advance for a group.
Starting in April, the restaurant stays open until midnight Sunday through Thursday. Those summer hours continue to October.
Pigskins is the laid-back, game-watching, sports bar side of Boss Hawg's Barbeque, which has been "horrifying vegetarians since 1995." They serve food until midnight, and you can get it half price if you order after 10 p.m. (Updated 3/20/09)
The newest addition to Gage Center's collection of restaurants and bars, Quinton's specializes in gourmet sandwiches and bread bowl soups -- “In bowls you can actually eat,” founder Steve Gaudreau says. Don't overlook Quinton's famous reubens, which come in several versions, or try a fresh salad.
The cozy, laid-back atmosphere features a 3,000-pound beam recycled from a circa 1800 railroad station and tables made from recycled wood. So kick back and enjoy one of the 12 beers on tap at the full-service bar (open until 2 a.m.) or choose from dozens of bottles. Quinton's has the largest import beer selection in Topeka.
Formerly McB's, Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill offers a fun, friendly atmosphere with great service for the Lake Shawnee crowd. Stop by to watch the big game, enjoy one of the daily food and drink specials. Local boxers Derrick and Damon Reed, who also own Reed's Ringside Bar & Grill north of Topeka, bought McB's in August 2010. (Updated 8.28.10)
Reed's stepped into the Topeka sports bar ring in 2005. The place is owned by former professional boxing brothers Derrick and Damon Reed, who make sure there's a great view of televised games and bouts just about anywhere inside Reed's. Don't forget to ask about discounts. Reed's offers plenty of deals, including for military, senior citizens, Seaman school staff and Goodyear workers.
Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill -- where every day is game day. When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Burgers, fries, steaks and chicken are served, too. The grill closes at 11 p.m. (Updated 2/27/09)
Day or night, this is the place to go for your Sonic cravings – the only Topeka Sonic location open 24 hours a day. This Sonic also has a playground.
This national chain serves fast food hot and fresh, including burgers, corndogs and chicken sandwiches. It also offers an array of icy treats, which can be brought to your stall by a carhop, picked up at the drive-through window or served at one of Sonic's picnic tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all-day long.
Every Sonic participates in Happy Hour, when fountain drinks and slushes are offered for half-price from 2 to 4 p.m. Get rolling early with the 99-cent large drink special from 6-11 a.m. Looking for another good deal? From 5 p.m. to close on Tuesday nights, try a half-price burger.
Topeka Sonic workers are recognized as some of the best in the fast-food chain with local teams competing in the Dr. Pepper Sonic games in recent years.