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)
Billy Vanilly (formerly called Daddy Cakes) is the only place you will find gourmet cupcakes in the Topeka area. Enjoy a "Daddy Cake," which is a cupcake the size of a Texas muffin, or a "Baby Cake," which is a regular size cupcake. If you're concerned about the health impacts of a giant-sized cupcake, try a "Skinny Cake," a cupcake featuring 200 calories or less, fewer than five grams of fat and healthier ingredients than your normal cupcake. (Updated 1.06.14)
The Blind Tiger opened in 1995 offering casual dining, "good food, friendly people and great beer." Every day the bar features nine beers on tap, including four handcrafted ales from the restaurant's microbrewery. The restaurant, which can handle large parties and has daily lunch and dinner specials, features midwestern favorites including Kansas City-style barbequed ribs and seasonally available buffalo burgers. (Updated 1.6.14)
As its slogan says, Boss Hawg's has been "Horrifying Vegetarians Since 1995" with its delicious barbecue. The casual dining restaurant, located in the Brookwood Shopping Center and attached to Pigskin's Sports Bar, has won numerous state and regional awards, and has placed high in national and international rankings. Topeka native Sarah Burtch took over for original owner Elizabeth Lumpkin in April 2013. (Updated 4.18.13)
Bradley's, which opened in North Topeka in February 2006, features popular, made-from-scratch rolls, buns, fries and 25 different kinds of pies. Its turkey and dressing meals, meatloaf, and biscuits and gravy are popular with diners.
The Brass Rail has been a fixture in the Oakland area since 1933. It's a friendly neighborhood bar where folks can meet with their buddies for good barbecue and the coldest beer in town. (Updated 2.23.09)
Buzzard’s Pizza flew into Topeka in February 2009 with a new shop featuring a drive-through window and a long list of toppings that create a dizzying amount of pizza possibilities – all on hand-tossed crusts. This family chain – with shops in Lyndon and Osage City – offers usual toppings like barbecue beef and shrimp. Plus, it offers salads, subs, buffalo wings, sandwiches and domestic beers. (Updated 2.14)
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).
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.