Aturo's opened in 2006, offering authentic Mexican foods in a friendly, casual atmosphere. In the downtown business district, Arturo's is a favorite lunch spot with a quick kitchen and staff, making a sit-down lunch fast and enjoyable. (Updated 3.29.10)
This small, family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant offers up crowd-pleasing sopaipillas and chili con queso. Located just a few blocks from Silver Lake High School, it can pack a crowd on game nights. (Updated 3.31.10)
For 14 years, family-owned and operated Café Holiday has offered its Mexican-American cuisine to a diverse clientele in a friendly, lively atmosphere that is a bit off the beaten path. Dinner is served on Fridays (5-8 p.m.) and breakfast on Saturdays (7:30 a.m. opening). (Updated 4.14.10)
Carlos O'Kelly's opened the doors to its friendly, family-dining Mexican restaurant in 1985. It offers a popular lunch buffet ($6.99) during the week, arguably the best chili con queso in town and weekly margarita specials. The daily food specials ensure that you'll get good value for your dollar. (Updated 4.12.10)
Since 1969, diners with a healthy appetite have enjoyed Casa Autentic Mexican Restaurant. Casa's buffets, featuring enchiladas, tacos and nachos, keep Topeka's lunch and dinner crowds happy. If you prefer, order your favorite Mexican dish from the regular menu. Finish your buffet or meal with a serving of Casa's Fried Ice Cream! (Updated 4.14.10)
Casa Ramos is a family-owned restaurant featuring a cozy "rise-and-shine" decor, in the words of one employee. Descended from a Casa Ramos chain in California and first opened in Kansas in Emporia, the Topeka store serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, relaxed and festive atmosphere. "If you want a taste of heaven, come to Casa Ramos," manager Alvaro Ramos says.
The family-oriented restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, while offering daily lunch and dinner specials. On Sundays, kids eat for 50 percent off. There are 99-cent margaritas Monday through Thursday and 99-cent Budweiser and Bud Light draws every day. Don't forget to look for the rubber chicken! (Updated 5.7.10)
Chili's, which opened in Topeka in 1992, offers diners a wide variety of Americanized meal options with a Tex-Mex twist. Enjoy great food in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Chili's is a proud sponsor of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. (Updated 4.14.10)
Opened in 2006, Chipotle offers awesome, street-vendor style burritos (the kind it takes two hands to hold). Chipotle is the perfect establishment for the socially and environmentally conscious consumer. The corporation is dedicated to serving hormone-free beef and chicken, free range pork, and organic beans as much as possible. (Updated 2/19/14)
El Dorado offers an extensive selection of homemade Mexican favorites, including tamales, burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas. All of the dishes are made from scratch, and the house margarita can go head to head with the best in town.
Owners Elias Gallardo and Miguel Escamilla remodeled the restaurant's space extensively before opening in July 2010. The dining room has a warm and cozy atmosphere, and the spacious booths are perfect for dining with friends and family.
El Maguey is the first Topeka franchise of a regional restaurant chain with several locations in the Kansas City area and Missouri. Owners Juan Jasso and Martin Leon, who also owns Las Fuentes on Topeka Boulevard, said the restaurant specializes in a wide variety of familiar Mexican dishes with traditional flavors and ingredients.