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.
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!
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)
Since 2003, the Celtic Fox has been offering Irish cuisine in a casual, "Cheers"-like atmosphere. Try Irish favorites like potato soup, fish and chips or shepherd's pie. Watch the calendar for live entertainment and don't forget to ask the bartender about their drink specials. (Updated 1/06/14)
Chez Yasu has been offering classic French cuisine since 2002. Don't be intimidated by the foreign menu, however. Chef Yasushi Hatasawa promises he serves French cuisine with enough of an American twist to appeal to the midwestern palette. If you're familiar with French cuisine, Chez Yasu won't disappoint. If you're used to more traditional midwestern favorites, try something new! Let the wait staff know you're having a new dining experience and they'll make sure to suggest a meal that will leave you satisfied. (Updated 6.29.10)
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)
College Hill Pizza Pub is a new pizza concept for Topeka. Ten-inch one-topping pizzas are just $5 and from there, vegetable toppings can be added for 50 cents apiece, while it’s 75 cents for each additional meat and each additional cheese topping.
Customers are allowed to select their own toppings in a "create-your-own-pizza" style. The sleek new eatery features lots of flat screen TVs as well as large photographs of Washburn University. Beer, wine and soft drinks are also available.
The trendy College Hill eatery will seat around 50 customers on the inside and 20 to 30 more on an outside patio.
Opened in April 2008 in the Hunter's Ridge area in Northwest Topeka, Cryster's offers authentic Chinese, Japanese and Korean foods served in a clean, modern, casual atmosphere. And the service is great.
Topeka's oldest continuously operated neighborhood bar has been in business for 70 years. Not much has changed inside during that time. The food and beverages are always delicious and served with a smile 365 days a year.
Weekly specials include $5 cheeseburgers on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Goose Sandwich for $4 every Tuesday. (Updated 5.19.10)