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Sommerset Hall Café

5701 SW Douglas Rd., Dover

Don’t bother calling to reserve a table – the only thing the Sommerset Hall Café takes reservations for are slices of pie. In November 2008, 88-year-old Norma Grubb’s coconut cream pie claimed the top spot in the “Good Morning America Weekend’s Best Slice Challenge.” While Grubb has passed away, the tradition continues with pies by baker Berneta Shults. Of course there’s more than pie to draw customers to this restaurant in downtown Dover, which sits southwest of Topeka in Shawnee County. The restaurant itself makes its home in a building constructed in 1885, which previously was used as a feed store and later as a grocery and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sommerset Hall Café fills bellies with its daily lunch buffet and its Friday night buffet, in which specials rotate, including catfish and fried chicken. Or, order off the menu, which includes hamburgers and salads. (Updated 04/02/15)



Sonic Drive In

3820 SW 29th, Topeka

Day or night, this is the place to go for your Sonic cravings – the only Topeka Sonic location open 24 hours a day. This Sonic also has a playground.
This national chain serves fast food hot and fresh, including burgers, corndogs and chicken sandwiches. It also offers an array of icy treats, which can be brought to your stall by a carhop, picked up at the drive-through window or served at one of Sonic's picnic tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all-day long.
Every Sonic participates in Happy Hour, when fountain drinks and slushes are offered for half-price from 2 to 4 p.m. Get rolling early with the 99-cent large drink special from 6-11 a.m. Looking for another good deal? From 5 p.m. to close on Tuesday nights, try a half-price burger.
Topeka Sonic workers are recognized as some of the best in the fast-food chain with local teams competing in the Dr. Pepper Sonic games in recent years.



Sonic Drive In

5922 SW 21st, Topeka

This national chain serves fast food hot and fresh, including burgers, corndogs and chicken sandwiches. It also offers an array of icy treats, which can be brought to your stall by a carhop, picked up at the drive-through window or served at one of Sonic's picnic tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all-day long. This location features a volleyball court, playground and patio.



Speck's Bar and Grill

2105 SW Mission Ave., Topeka
In 1957, Franklin "Speck" Benge opened the Seabrook Tavern, but regulars also knew it as Speck's since it was quite literally Speck's place. The Seabrook is now downtown and Speck's daughter, Debbie Maichel, opened Speck's in the original Seabrook location in her dad's name in August 2009.

Speck's picture is on the sign outside and on the wall inside. Plus, Speck's sells the three-pound “Original Speck Burger.” Beyond the burger named for her dad, the menu is full of food named after other family members.



Subway Cafe

3217 S.W. Topeka, Topeka

The Subway Cafe, a more sit-down version of the regular Subway stores, opened in March 2014. It is the first of its kind in Kansas, said Joe Russell, Subway’s chief operations officer. The restaurant has a traditional Subway menu, as well as coffee shop offerings, including coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, smoothies and a pastry line with danishes, muffins and cinnamon rolls.



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 20's West

901 SW Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Featuring excellent service, great food and a friendly atmosphere, The 20's West replicates much of the original 20's (see separate listing) but with food -- mostly typical bar stuff. New to the menu is a 10-ounce KC Strip with salad, baked potato and roll for only $10. Check out the daily drink special and TVs, too. (Updated 7.22.09)



The Break Room

909 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Opened in 2006, this is a quirky place in a cool refurbished downtown storefront where you can buy a bottle of beer, hot dog, espresso drink, ice cream and grilled panini -- among other things. There's a pool table, 15-foot screen projection TV, wireless internet and a small convenience store. You can even buy your lottery tickets there. (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 Dugout

1545 Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Enjoy sports -- especially NASCAR Sundays -- on one of the Dugout's 11 TVs. The Dugout boasts of having the best cheeseburgers in town -- just $3 for a half-pound cheeseburger on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Daily drink and food specials.