Established in 1932, McFarland's is the oldest continuously run restaurant in Topeka. It offers casual fine dining for its loyal customers, who can enjoy an atmosphere in which they can eat and carry on a conversation without a lot of background noise. There are two rooms that can be reserved for private parties -- one seating 30 people and the other seating 70.
Michelle's Lounge, inside the Holiday Inn Holidome at 6th and Fairlawn, features good dinners in a casual atmosphere. The lounge is primarily motel-driven, but the public is welcome. Food is served 5 to 10 p.m. seven days a week. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar stays open until eleven. (Updated 7.26.10)
Mikey’s serves as town restaurant, bar and information hub in Rossville – a place for local residents to gather as well as folks passing through on US-24.
The place serves up plenty of menu options at reasonable prices and even offers a kids menu. Among the dishes coming out of the kitchen are simple items like chicken strips, patty melts, Phillies and Mikey’s Cheeseburger along with hearty favorites like the chicken fried steak dinner and steak dinner. There’s also a variety of salads on the menu. Beer is a good buy at $2.50 a bottle.
The kitchen stays open until 9 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. Check out the karaoke on Friday nights. (Updated 7.26.10)
The Moose Lodge is a North Topeka landmark offering full-service dining for members and guests on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Moose, which supports veterans activities and the JROTC program at Topeka High, also holds separate pancake and taco feeds once a month that are open to the public (check the roadside sign for dates). (Updated 3.26.09)
Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas has four locations that have been serving Topeka since the mid 1990s. Goodcents bread is baked fresh daily and its sandwiches are made fresh to order -- served both hot and cold. And unlike many sandwiches places in town, Goodcents serves pasta and offers home delivery. This location offers a party room that holds up to 20 people. (Updated 3/23/09)
Come meet your friends at the North Star Steakhouse. A Topeka tradition for several decades, this locally owned North Topeka restaurant has some of the best steaks in the state -- and you're sure to get your money's worth. Private parties can be reserved for up to 120 people.
The North Topeka Golf Center plans to expand its food offerings beyond sandwiches, chips and candy bars in April 2009 to offer hot dogs and hamburgers, too. There’s 3.2 beer for chilling out after nine holes of golf or 18 holes of miniature golf.
Hours vary depending on the season. In the winter, the golf center is open from about 10 a.m. until dark. Summer hours are generally 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The snack bar typically opens about 10:30 a.m. and stays open until about 2 p.m.
Paisano's offers southern Italian cuisine, which means its selections are built around homemade sauces often featuring seafood and are served in large portion sizes. The entrees are so good you must be careful that you don't fill up on the bottomless fresh salad, bread and made-from-scratch soups.
Paisano's also has an early bird special Monday through Friday. Entrees are half-price with the purchase of a drink for everyone who is seated by 11:30 a.m.
They make anything Bambino size on request, for the little ones.
Delivery is limited to larger orders, with a minimum $75 purchase. (Updated 3/20/09)
The Aliva family has been feeding Topekans since 1986. Everything is made fresh daily, from the chips to the chile rellenos -- with food made from both Avila family recipes and other dishes created to entice customers.
In May 2009, the restaurant completed a new outdoor patio, adding 26 seats where diners can enjoy the weather on nice days and evenings. The patio features outdoor music and lights.
Perkins is a national chain that operates one location in Topeka serving home-style American food. Hours run early to late, and the folks at Perkins serve the entire menu all day long including breakfast.
Perkins offers fresh-baked goods, from muffins to pies. Try them inside the restaurant or take them to go.
When available, the party room can be reserved in advance for a group.
Starting in April, the restaurant stays open until midnight Sunday through Thursday. Those summer hours continue to October.