North Star Steakhouse

1100 N.W. 25th, Topeka

Come meet your friends at the North Star Steakhouse. A Topeka tradition for several decades, this locally owned North Topeka restaurant has some of the best steaks in the state -- and you're sure to get your money's worth. Private parties can be reserved for up to 120 people.

Old Chicago

1231 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

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)

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

1925 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

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)

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

1235 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

On the Border, which opened in 2005, serves your favorite Mexican dishes prepared in a Tex-Mex fashion. Enjoy specialty fajitas, tacos or Build Your Own Burrito. If you're counting calories, choose from the Border Smart menu featuring items with 750 or less calories, 25g or less of fat, and 8g or less of saturated fat.

Outback Steakhouse

5826 S.W. 21st Street, Topeka

Experience a taste of Australia at Outback Steakhouse. Enjoy the delicious Bloomin' Onion appetizer before moving on to your fish or steak meal. Everything -- from the salad dressings to baked potatoes to prime rib -- is made fresh in the kitchen every day. Afraid of the wait? Make a simple phone call on your way out the door and take advantage of call-ahead seating. (Updated 3/23/09)

Paisano's Ristorante

4043 S.W. 10th Street, Topeka

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)

Pepe & Chela's

1001 S.W. Tyler, Topeka

The Aliva family has been feeding Topekans since 1986. Everything is made fresh daily, from the chips to the chile rellenos -- with food made from both Avila family recipes and other dishes created to entice customers.

In May 2009, the restaurant completed a new outdoor patio, adding 26 seats where diners can enjoy the weather on nice days and evenings. The patio features outdoor music and lights.

Pigskins Sports Bar

2833 S.W. 29th Street, Topeka

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)


2830 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Customers can choose from a variety of crispy thin or traditional crust pizzas, with a variety of toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and tomato sauce to more cutting edge finishes like fish, chicken and alfredo sauce.

Pizza is sold by the slice or by the pie, and is available to eat in or carry-out. The restaurant's popular bakery is open all day, so customers can purchase a bagel or espresso drink any time. Beer and wine are served at the bar, and delivery service will be added within a few months of the restaurant's opening.

Pizza Parlor

1919 NE Seward Ave., Topeka

An Oakland family-owned favorite since 1965, the Pizza Parlor features delicious pizza meals including the Big Bobby -- a 16 inch Super Supreme pizza that weighs 4.5 pounds before entering the oven!

Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." The menu includes hamburgers and ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. On Saturday, try a steak during the Steak Night Special. On Sunday, the Pizza Parlor serves breakfast 9 a.m. to noon and the regular menu noon to 7 p.m.

The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.