Formerly That Place, Abigail's Grill & Bar opened in November 2011. Owned by Frank and Abigail Saiya, Abigail's aims to be a neighborhood bar for South Topeka. With a menu that features breakfast all day with a southern twist (think comfort food), Abigail's will also have burgers and sandwiches to go along with a full bar.
The restaurant opens at 9 a.m., but the kitchen doesn't open until 10:30 a.m. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 12:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
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)
At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite coffees and teas are served by talented and friendly baristas. Plenty of soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps are available for a quick lunch or dinner, including a delicious array of options for vegetarians. A variety of baked goods are prepared regularly throughout the week, and a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails was recently added. (Updated 3.1.10)
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)
Blue Moose, in the former Brick Oven building near S.W. 29th and Wanamaker, is an upscale bar and grill known for amazing food. From Mediterranean Shrimp Past and Free Range Rosemary Roasted Chicken to Baby Back Ribs and Jammin' Salmon, Blue Moose has an eclectic and sophisticated menu.
In addition, look for a classy bar and unique patio.
Look for a delicious Sunday Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are two Blue Moose restaurants in Kansas City. The original Blue Moose Bar & Grill is located in Prairie Village and the other Blue Moose Bar & Grill is in Overland Park.
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)
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)
PT's has been the leader in Topeka coffee shops since 1993 and also has a roasting company that caters to restaurants and customers across the country.
You can buy fresh roasted coffee by the pound right at the shop. PT's in Barrington Village brews five different coffees daily that are all fresh roasted. It boasts some of the most knowledgeable baristas in the business.
PT's also serves hot and cold sandwiches, fresh muffins, and scones. And, for the hard-core coffee lover, PT's has a Clover machine, a one-cup brewing system.
In 2014, the original PT's location underwent a name change, being re-branded as Cara's Cup, in honor of Cara Kroll, a former manager who passed away in 2012. The shop is under different ownership.
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)