Prairie Band Casino and Resort

12305 150th Road, Mayetta

Just 15 minutes north of Topeka, Prairie Band Casino, a mile west of US-75 highway, has three choices for your dining pleasure.

The Buffalo Grill is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering inexpensive soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers in the hotel lobby.

The Longhouse Buffet has breakfast, lunch and dinner for a more moderate cost.

For the big spender, there is Three Fires Steakhouse, which offers high stakes fine dining. Steaks are $19 to $36, a petit filet of bison is $38 and lobster tail is $30. There also are soups and salads for $4 to $5.

Three Fires opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For reservations, call (785) 966-7777. \

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe

1635 S.W. Washburn Ave., Topeka

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. opened Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews on Dec. 2, 2011. A cafe specializing in serving Direct Trade Coffee and Espresso, Flying Monkey is located in the College Hill District at 17th & Washburn next to Washburn University, Flying Monkey is a PT's Coffee Roasting Co. cafe that serves PT's signature coffee, fresh, local food and a selection of local and regional microbrews including beer from Topeka's Blind Tiger.

On July 19, 2012, Flying Monkey was rebranded as PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Puffy’s Steak and Ice House

215 Main Street, Maple Hill

Opened in June 1987, Puffy's has been voted among the best steakhouses in the area. With customers from all over northeast Kansas including Topeka, Manhattan, Council Grove and Emporia, Puffy's is family-owned and can seat more than 300 people. You can find more than steaks on the menu at Puffy's. Puffy's also has pork chops, shrimp, chicken and chicken fried steak, burgers and fries. A second location opened in 2008 in Alma, 123 W. 3rd, serving lunches daily.

Quinton's Bar & Deli

4121 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

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.

Red Lobster Restaurant

2011 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Red Lobster offers fine seafood in a marina-like atmosphere without requiring a vacation to the coast. Enjoy your favorite seafood items like lobster tails, shrimp scampi, tilapia and others by themselves or as part of a meal of your creation. Worried about eating fish when you can't see the ocean? Order off of the fresh fish menu which allows you to try differently prepared fish that are all guaranteed fresh. (Updated 3/4/09)

Red Robin

6230 S.W. 6th, Topeka

Red Robin's gourmet burgers and bottomless fries may just quench your hunger for a cheap burger forever. Enjoy more than 20 styles of burgers, including mushroom-swiss burgers or the more exotic "Parmigiana Burger." Whatever your favorite flavor or sense of adventure, Red Robin has something to offer. For the vegetarian, Red Robin can put a garden burger patty on any of their signature burgers. (Just remember to ask them to hold the bacon, too.) (Updated 3/4/09)

Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill

2920 S.E. Croco Rd., 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 Ringside Sports Bar & Grill

4731 N.W. Hunter's Ridge Circle, Topeka

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.

RowHouse Restaurant and Catering

515 S.W. Van Buren, Topeka

RowHouse offers white-linen fine dining with a stellar menu to match its elegant and cozy atmosphere. The menu changes regularly, featuring foods from Morroco, Italy, Thailand and Argentina. The location itself is a draw -- an 1876 rowhouse that has received preservation kudos for its renovation. For reservations, call (785) 235-1700.

The RowHouse also offers private parties Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings and can do private lunches Monday through Friday. Call for more information.

Downstairs, the RowHouse has opened a sophisticated bar, which you enter through red velvet curtains. Below the Row has space for 12, making it a cozy spot for drinks for two or guests waiting for tables at the upscale restaurant above. Like the rest of the RowHouse, the bar retains the old home's charm with an old fireplace, but it mixes in a contemporary, cool vibe. It's a great spot for a glass of fine wine.
(Updated 3/4/09)

Sakura Restaurant

5632 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

Sakura offers a hibachi grill and a sushi bar for fine Japanese dining. Watch as the chefs prepare your food in front of you or enjoy a more private dinner in the sushi lounge. The sushi lounge also includes a room for Japanese-style dining including cushions instead of chairs and a table at chest level, providing a glimpse into Japanese custom only available at Sakura.