Taco Bell

2013 N. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Taco Bell produces quality Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, nachos and quesidallias at a low cost and in a short amount of time. It favors vegetable oil over animal fat for its fried foods and beans. For the more health conscious, Taco Bell offers a Fresco menu, replacing cheese and sour cream with pico de gallo, a healthy mix of fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro and chili peppers.
This Taco Bell has a drive-through for customer convenience. (Updated 2/24/09)

Tad's Tropical Sno

4200 S.W. Huntoon St., Topeka

Tad's Tropical Sno is a summertime favorite that's been serving up refreshing treats in Topeka for more than 10 years.

The flavor possibilities are endless, with 130 combinations listed on the menu. Still feeling adventurous? The staff will mix up any concoction that you can dream up.

Owner Tad Gellender said the appeal of sno cones comes down to two factors: the quality and the value. Feed the entire family without breaking the bank with treats priced at $2-4.

The stand opens in March the day after local schools return from spring break and closes in October. Tad's operates from 3 - 10 p.m., then after school lets out for the summer, begins opening at noon.

Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub

2025 SW Urish Rd., Topeka

Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub isn't your typical bar. This smoke-free environment has a dozen 42-inch plasma TVs and a 100-by-50-inch projection TV in the main bar.

An enclosed patio is available for patrons who want to smoke, with four 32-inch plasma TVs and room for 35 to 40 customers.

There are drink and food specials every day and Tailgators has a full menu that includes smoked ribs, brisket, pork and chicken, as well as a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, hamburgers and barbecue. (Updated 2/23/09)

The Burger Stand

1601 S.W. Lane, Topeka

The Burger Stand opened on Sept. 8, 2011.

Robert Krause started one of Topeka's trendiest eateries — New City Cafe — and now his newest creation, The Burger Stand, is open Topeka's College Hill district.

With gourmet burgers and fries — including delectable truffle fries — The Burger Stand will raise the ante on the gourmet burger market in Topeka. According to Krause, besides great food, The Burger Stand will feature two bars as well as pool and ping pong tables.

The Burger Stand boasts seating for 270 inside with room for another 40-50 on the outdoor patio.

In addition to great food, they also have more than a dozen craft beers on tap.

The Sand Trap at Western Hills Golf Club

8533 SW 21st, Topeka

You won’t mind landing in this Sand Trap – situated at the Western Hills golf course. This sports bar and grill keeps patrons fueled from sunup to sundown with burgers, french fries, chicken, sandwiches and other sports bar staples. Stop by after a round of golf or come just to watch a game. (Updated 2/27/09)

Topeka Civic Theatre

3028 SW 8th Ave., Topeka

The Topeka Civic Theatre, at S.W. 8th and Oakley, is the place to go in Topeka for dinner and a show. Founded in 1936, the TCT now makes its home in the former Gage Elementary School – constructed in the late 1920s and notable for both its architecture and historic ties to the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The building now houses two theaters, and a wide variety of shows featuring local talents are staged there, from musicals to dramas.

Topeka Country Club

2700 S.W. Buchanan, Topeka

Founded in 1905, the Topeka Country Club offers a mouth-watering menu – the perfect accompaniment to a round of 18 holes on the private club’s golf course, a swim in the Olympic-size pool or a match of tennis on one of four outdoor or three indoor courts.

Townsite Café

120 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

Owner Doug Petrie has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. He owns and operates the wildly successful Millennium Café at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library as well as Peach Tree Catering.

His latest venture, Townsite Café, which opened in April 2012, is a spiffy breakfast and lunch spot inside Townsite Plaza at S.W. 6th and Kansas.

Once you find your way to Townsite Café you won't have any problem finding your way back. With daily specials that will make your mouth water to a variety of fresh and delicious salads to sandwiches and wraps to a vegetarian menu to soups and chili, Petrie is proving that getting a quick bite to eat can be a deliciously tasty experience at a reasonable price.


2107 S.E. California Ave., Topeka

Whiplash is a bar with much more than the regular bar food. It claims to have the best cheeseburger in town, but what really sticks out is the homemade roast beef sandwich. With roast beef piled high on two slices of Texas toast, a huge pile of mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, it's the special each Wednesday. Whiplash also offers an 8-once ribeye steak on Friday nights for $10. (Updated 2/26/09)

Wild B's

1630 S.W. Arvonia Place , Topeka

Branching off from Bobo's Drive-In, Wild B's is the brainchild of Bobo's owner Richard Marsh. He has partnered with Leroy’s, a barbecue restaurant established in Pomona and Lyndon. Wild B's offers Bobo's burgers and apple pie, but also features Leroy's food.