Annie's Place has been a favorite mealtime destination for casual dining for since the late 1980s. It prides itself on its freshness, whether it is pies and bread or salads. Enjoy a delicious specialty burger and special dessert menu featuring your favorite pies cooked fresh daily. Annie's serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Arby's has offered an alternative for Americans hungry for something other than a hamburger since the first restaurant opened in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964. Roast beef is the staple of this casual, fast-food restaurant. Chicken sandwiches, potato cakes and Jamocha shakes are a few of the other popular items. This restaurant has a drive-thru. (Updated 3.29.10)
Baker's Dozen began in 2004 as a mom-and-pop style doughnut store. The S.W. 21st St. store moved into an 11,000-square-foot building that offers a drive-through window seven days a week. The spacious dining room hours on 21st St., where all of the store's baking is done, are now 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Regulars will still find the popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut and the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Donut, with fresh batches now made twice a day. And you still get more for your money at Baker's Dozen, which stays true to its name by adding an extra doughnut to every dozen you purchase. Diabetic? No problem! Baker's Dozen offers several doughnuts made with Splenda. (Updated 4.5.10)
Opening in August 2013, the Atwood brothers said that this restaurant is perfect for carnivores, including ribs, brisket and burgers. They use no gas burners, and even cook the food on their own meat smoker. Check them out today!
Big Uns also features live blues bands every Friday night.
Billy Vanilly (formerly called Daddy Cakes) is the only place you will find gourmet cupcakes in the Topeka area. Enjoy a "Daddy Cake," which is a cupcake the size of a Texas muffin, or a "Baby Cake," which is a regular size cupcake. If you're concerned about the health impacts of a giant-sized cupcake, try a "Skinny Cake," a cupcake featuring 200 calories or less, fewer than five grams of fat and healthier ingredients than your normal cupcake. (Updated 1.06.14)
At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite coffees and teas are served by talented and friendly baristas. Plenty of soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps are available for a quick lunch or dinner, including a delicious array of options for vegetarians. A variety of baked goods are prepared regularly throughout the week, and a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails was recently added. (Updated 3.1.10)
Visit one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine -- an award bestowed on this classic Topeka burger drive in by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in June 2009.
Bobo's has been a Topeka tradition since 1948 and was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" in 2008. It is famous for its handmade apple pies -- served by the slice or whole pie -- and its onion rings, which also are made fresh every day. Car hops take your order and bring your food to your car.
Anyone who has lived in Topeka very long knows about Bobo's. Most have eaten there at one time or another. And when people move away and come back to visit, many just have to have a burger at Bobo's.
Burger King, the home of the Whopper, offers a casual, fast-food dining experience. The first Burger King opened in Miami in 1954. This restaurant's lobby closes at 8 p.m. There is a drive-thru for customer convenience. (Updated 4.12.10)
For 14 years, family-owned and operated Café Holiday has offered its Mexican-American cuisine to a diverse clientele in a friendly, lively atmosphere that is a bit off the beaten path. Dinner is served on Fridays (5-8 p.m.) and breakfast on Saturdays (7:30 a.m. opening).
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)