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Pigskins Sports Bar

2833 S.W. 29th Street, Topeka

Pigskins is the laid-back, game-watching, sports bar side of Boss Hawg's Barbeque, which has been "horrifying vegetarians since 1995." They serve food until midnight, and you can get it half price if you order after 10 p.m. (Updated 3/20/09)



Pizza Parlor

1919 NE Seward Ave., Topeka

An Oakland family-owned favorite since 1965, the Pizza Parlor features delicious pizza meals including the Big Bobby -- a 16 inch Super Supreme pizza that weighs 4.5 pounds before entering the oven!

Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." The menu includes hamburgers and ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. On Saturday, try a steak during the Steak Night Special. On Sunday, the Pizza Parlor serves breakfast 9 a.m. to noon and the regular menu noon to 7 p.m.

The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.



Planet Sub

2130 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Planet Sub knows subs. They start with fresh home-made wheat bread (baked every day), crisp vegetables, select cheeses and flavorful meats.

But what completes their one-of-a-kind submarine sandwich is the taste that comes from the golden, crispy crust, evenly melted cheese and the perfectly blended flavors of their oven-baked masterpieces.



Potwin Drug Store

124 N.W. Fillmore, Topeka

Drop into the past at the Potwin Drug Store where you can still order a cherry phosphate from the soda fountain. The drugstore that resided at S.W. 5th and Washburn for 75 years has been recreated in the city’s Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site using original fixtures from the Potwin store, including the beautiful walnut cabinets and pharmacist’s counter. Starting April 1, 2009, the drug store is dropping its soup and sandwich menu and focusing on its drinks, ice cream and candy. Look for extended hours in June, July and August when the shop will stay open until 7 p.m.



Prairie Band Casino and Resort

12305 150th Road, Mayetta

Just 15 minutes north of Topeka, Prairie Band Casino, a mile west of US-75 highway, has three choices for your dining pleasure.

The Buffalo Grill is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering inexpensive soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers in the hotel lobby.

The Longhouse Buffet has breakfast, lunch and dinner for a more moderate cost.

For the big spender, there is Three Fires Steakhouse, which offers high stakes fine dining. Steaks are $19 to $36, a petit filet of bison is $38 and lobster tail is $30. There also are soups and salads for $4 to $5.

Three Fires opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For reservations, call (785) 966-7777. \



Puffy’s Steak and Ice House

215 Main Street, Maple Hill

Opened in June 1987, Puffy's has been voted among the best steakhouses in the area. With customers from all over northeast Kansas including Topeka, Manhattan, Council Grove and Emporia, Puffy's is family-owned and can seat more than 300 people. You can find more than steaks on the menu at Puffy's. Puffy's also has pork chops, shrimp, chicken and chicken fried steak, burgers and fries. A second location opened in 2008 in Alma, 123 W. 3rd, serving lunches daily.



Quinton's Bar & Deli

4121 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

The newest addition to Gage Center's collection of restaurants and bars, Quinton's specializes in gourmet sandwiches and bread bowl soups -- “In bowls you can actually eat,” founder Steve Gaudreau says. Don't overlook Quinton's famous reubens, which come in several versions, or try a fresh salad.

The cozy, laid-back atmosphere features a 3,000-pound beam recycled from a circa 1800 railroad station and tables made from recycled wood. So kick back and enjoy one of the 12 beers on tap at the full-service bar (open until 2 a.m.) or choose from dozens of bottles. Quinton's has the largest import beer selection in Topeka.



Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill

2920 S.E. Croco Rd., Topeka

Formerly McB's, Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill offers a fun, friendly atmosphere with great service for the Lake Shawnee crowd. Stop by to watch the big game, enjoy one of the daily food and drink specials. Local boxers Derrick and Damon Reed, who also own Reed's Ringside Bar & Grill north of Topeka, bought McB's in August 2010. (Updated 8.28.10)



RowHouse Restaurant and Catering

515 S.W. Van Buren, Topeka

RowHouse offers white-linen fine dining with a stellar menu to match its elegant and cozy atmosphere. The menu changes regularly, featuring foods from Morroco, Italy, Thailand and Argentina. The location itself is a draw -- an 1876 rowhouse that has received preservation kudos for its renovation. For reservations, call (785) 235-1700.

The RowHouse also offers private parties Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings and can do private lunches Monday through Friday. Call for more information.

Downstairs, the RowHouse has opened a sophisticated bar, which you enter through red velvet curtains. Below the Row has space for 12, making it a cozy spot for drinks for two or guests waiting for tables at the upscale restaurant above. Like the rest of the RowHouse, the bar retains the old home's charm with an old fireplace, but it mixes in a contemporary, cool vibe. It's a great spot for a glass of fine wine.
(Updated 3/4/09)



Skinny's Sports Bar & Grill

4016 SW Huntoon, Topeka

Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill -- where every day is game day. When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Burgers, fries, steaks and chicken are served, too. The grill closes at 11 p.m. (Updated 2/27/09)