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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

3425 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka

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.



Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant

837 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Casa Ramos is a family-owned restaurant featuring a cozy "rise-and-shine" decor, in the words of one employee. Descended from a Casa Ramos chain in California and first opened in Kansas in Emporia, the Topeka store serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, relaxed and festive atmosphere. "If you want a taste of heaven, come to Casa Ramos," manager Alvaro Ramos says.

The family-oriented restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, while offering daily lunch and dinner specials. On Sundays, kids eat for 50 percent off. There are 99-cent margaritas Monday through Thursday and 99-cent Budweiser and Bud Light draws every day. Don't forget to look for the rubber chicken! (Updated 5.7.10)



Celtic Fox

118 S.W. 8th, Topeka

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)



Cheeburger Cheeburger

2919 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

This '50s style diner most definitely is not brought to you by the letter "S." Cheeburger Cheeburger, which opened June 23, 2009, features "Cheeburgers" (what others might call a cheeseburger) topped with as many as 26 different toppings.
The Wanamaker location is the first Kansas franchise for the Fort Myers, Fla., chain. Cheeburger Cheeburger features beef fresh from a plant in Dodge City, topped with one of nine cheeses and then any combination of 26 toppings for no extra charge. Cheeburger also offers sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and malts.
“It’s not fast food,” owner Tom Overton told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “Everything is made to order.”
Hungry adults who can make a "pounder" disappear will get their picture taken and posted on a bulletin board inside the restaurant. Kids younger than 12 can take on the challenge with a half-pounder.



Chez Yasu Restaurant

2701 S.W. 17th, Topeka

Chez Yasu has been offering classic French cuisine since 2002. Don't be intimidated by the foreign menu, however. Chef Yasushi Hatasawa promises he serves French cuisine with enough of an American twist to appeal to the midwestern palette. If you're familiar with French cuisine, Chez Yasu won't disappoint. If you're used to more traditional midwestern favorites, try something new! Let the wait staff know you're having a new dining experience and they'll make sure to suggest a meal that will leave you satisfied. (Updated 6.29.10)



CiCi's Pizza

2130 SW Wanamaker, Topeka

Cici's Pizza serves a constant buffet of pizza featuring favorites like cheese, sausage and pepperoni juxtaposed with specialities like Macaroni-and-Cheese pizza, Taco pizza and no-sauce cheese pizza. If pizza isn't your style, try the marinara or alfredo pasta and salad combinations on the buffet. For desert, enjoy a delicious brownie, cinnamon stick or dessert pizza. Don't see something you'd like on the line? No problem! Just ask and they'll have a few slices delivered to your table when the next pizza is available. (Updated 5.7.10)



CiCi's Pizza

3501 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Cici's Pizza serves a constant buffet of pizza featuring favorites like cheese, sausage and pepperoni juxtaposed with specialities like Macaroni-and-Cheese pizza, Taco pizza and no-sauce cheese pizza. If pizza isn't your style, try the marinara or alfredo pasta and salad combinations on the buffet. For desert, enjoy a delicious brownie, cinnamon stick or dessert pizza. Don't see something you'd like on the line? No problem! Just ask and they'll have a few slices delivered to your table when the next pizza is available. (Updated 5.7.10)



Classic Bean

2125 S.W. Fairlawn, Topeka

The Classic Bean features a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu that has satisfied Topekans since 1993. It also features a full coffee bar with its own roasted coffee. The Classic Bean attracts a diverse section of the Topeka population, partially through their dedication to live entertainment. The management features a broad range of blues, bluegrass, acoustic and other forms of musical entertainment designed to appeal to younger and older crowds.



Coyote Canyon

1251 S.W. Ashworth Place, Topeka

Coyote Canyon is a favorite stop among Topeka buffet-goers because steak is always on the buffet. But the place is also popular for nightly specials.

Monday features an Italian kitchen themed buffet. Tuesday is Family Night. On Wednesday, enjoy a Mexican Fiesta. On Thursday, try the Asian favorites at the Orient Express. Friday features a seafood feast buffet.

Saturday is barbecue night, and the Sunday "Family Dinner Table" menu caters to the family feast people have come to expect for a Midwestern Sunday meal. Don't miss the breakfast buffet from 8-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A banquet room is available for reservation, except on weekends. (Updated 5.12.10)



Dutch Goose Sports Bar & Grill

3203 S.W. 10th, Topeka

Topeka's oldest continuously operated neighborhood bar has been in business for 70 years. Not much has changed inside during that time. The food and beverages are always delicious and served with a smile 365 days a year.

Weekly specials include $5 cheeseburgers on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Goose Sandwich for $4 every Tuesday. (Updated 5.19.10)