Grover's Smokehouse

1217 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

Since 1986, people driving through the intersection of S.W. Huntoon and Gage Boulevard have been met with the distinct aroma of smoked meat coming from Grover’s Smokehouse.

Although the owners had decided to close down the restaurant and re-open as a new place in 2013, the community reached out and begged them to stay, so they decided to keep the barbecue joint.

Hawaiian Shave Ice

1023 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

Located next to the entrance to Straight Water near the center of Fleming Place Shopping Center, Hawaiian Shaved Ice is a perfect treat. Made with tropical fruit flavors, Hawaiian Ice, also known as Shave ice (not Shaved ice), is much different than a sno-cone, in that it is made by a machine that shaves ice rather than grinding it like a sno-cone machine.

Henry T's Bar and Grill

1521 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

Enjoy fabulous daily food and drink specials at Henry T's, where the non-smoking sports bar atmosphere attracts not only game watchers but families as well. Henry T's serves yummy classics like Shrimp Po'Boys and burgers, plus a variety of favorites beyond the traditional bar food menu. Henry T's, located near Washburn University, offers lots of options for sides served in generous portions. (Updated 6.3.10)

Henry’s Grill

2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Operated by Black Dog BarBQue since 2008, Henry’s Grill located upstairs at Topeka Harley Davidson, 21st & Topeka Blvd., is a very popular place to enjoy some of the best smoked BBQ lunches in the northeast Kansas area. Turkey, Pulled Pork, and Brisket sandwiches are available Tuesday thru Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and running til 2 p.m. Side dishes include baked beans with bacon and beer, cole slaw, and Topeka favorite “Cheez ‘n Tators". Lunch is served with a different daily special; “Smoked Meatloaf” on Tuesday, “Burnt Ends” on Tuesday and Wednesday, “Smoked Sausage Chunks” on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday “Baby Back Rib".

Breakfast is served fresh, not frozen or processed, Saturday mornings from 8-10:30 a.m. and includes made from scratch biscuits and gravy, fresh bacon & cheez egg omelet combo, sausage biscuits, handmade waffles, toast and jelly, and their customer favorite “Black Dog Sausage, Egg and Cheez” breakfast sandwich.

Juice Stop

5327 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

Juice Stop will blend a filling smoothie from its menu of fresh fruit juices. Use sherbet for the base or fat-free frozen yogurts. Feel free to add or substitute your favorite fruit for the menu description of the drink of your choosing. Add a pretzel to your order to make a mini-meal that will hold you over or for a short snack on the go.

Little Caesars

2620 SW 6th Ave, Topeka

Little Caesars is best known for its Hot-N-Ready large pizza. There's no need to call ahead; just walk in and walk out with a 14-inch, one-topping sausage, pepperoni or cheese pizza. Want more than one topping? Call ahead and order your favorite combination.

Long John Silvers

1500 S.W. 6th St., Topeka

Long John Silvers serves up batter-dipped fish, chicken and shrimp meals -- along with fries, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn-on-the-cob -- to nearly 4 million customers a week at more than 1,200 restaurants worldwide. For a change of pace, try the new Freshside Grille menu. (Updated 6.23.10)

Los Charros

4111 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

If you're a fan of delicious Mexican food and cheap margaritas, and who isn't really? Then Los Charros is the place for you.

Marco Smith, part-owner of El Charro, had always wanted to open a second location in Topeka. He and his wife Savanna realized that dream with the opening of Los Charros in August 2010. The restaurant is nestled in the corner of the Gage Center shopping complex and is easily accessible from Gage Drive and Huntoon Street.

Signature dishes include fajitas and Popeye's Chicken (made with spinach). Mouth-watering 99-cent margaritas are on special Monday - Thursday, as well as on Saturdays. A spacious dining room and eye-catching bar area are just icing on the cake.

Margaritas Jalisco

1616 SW 17th, Topeka

After months of working to get the restaurant open, sisters Imelda and Irene Panuco opened their dream restaurant in August 2014. They offer a wide variety of homemade Mexican food, great drinks and are conveniently located right across the street from Washburn University.


1201 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka

McDonald's promises filling meals at great prices with little-to-no wait for your order. Enjoy one of the several Extra Value Meal options during breakfast or dinner. Up-size your meal to a large or extra-large for less than a dollar more. Now, enjoy healthy alternatives to french fries in your Happy Meals and Value Meals. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a lobby for dine-in and carryout open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and a drive-thru open 24 hours a day. (Updated 7.26.10)