Aturo's opened in 2006, offering authentic Mexican foods in a friendly, casual atmosphere. In the downtown business district, Arturo's is a favorite lunch spot with a quick kitchen and staff, making a sit-down lunch fast and enjoyable. (Updated 3.29.10)
In March of 2013, HHB BBQ and Blended For Better Health joined forces in downtown Topeka and added a bar in the process.
Eddie and Kim Moege opened HHB (Hog, Herd & a Bird) BBQ in August 2012. HHB offers pulled, pork, brisket and turkey sandwiches and a variety of side dishes including cheesy tators, baked beans and cole slaw.
While HHB and Blended are operating together now, they have slightly different hours. HHB serves BBQ from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Blended serves healthy smoothies from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bar is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. (updated 3/2013)
Since 2003, the Celtic Fox has been offering Irish cuisine in a casual, "Cheers"-like atmosphere. Try Irish favorites like potato soup, fish and chips or shepherd's pie. Watch the calendar for live entertainment and don't forget to ask the bartender about their drink specials. (Updated 3/10/12)
China Express opened in June 2009 to serve customers with dine-in, carry-out, drive-through and delivery options. For downtowners who were loyal fans of the Panda Garden (which was torn down), they'll find the same managers and recipes although ownership is different. (Updated 5.7.10)
The Classic Bean features a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu that has satisfied Topekans since 1993. It also features a full coffee bar with its own roasted coffee. The Classic Bean is popular with the downtown crowd for its friendly service and quality food. It's the perfect place for lunch - whether you're catching up on e-mail or conversing with a friend. (Updated 5.7.10)
Domino's delivers hot pizza later than any other restaurant in Topeka. Delivery is guaranteed within 30 minutes until midnight or later from any location serving your neighborhood. Try a tasty sandwich or side item, too. (Updated 5.19.10)
El Mezcal is a regionally owned and operated restaurant, serving delicious Mexican food seven days a week. With traditionally prepared Mexican-style rice and beans, El Mezcal keeps its regular costumers satisfied and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any patron new to the establishment. On Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a margarita, frozen or on the rocks, for just 99 cents each. (Updated 5.19.10)
Locally owned Field of Greens, which calls itself a garden bistro, profits from a dream location. It is the closest eatery to the capitol complex in downtown Topeka. It opened in 2002, offering soups and 50 varieties of salad.
The buffet is stocked with everything you need to make a great salad, and the decor in this downtown storefront is fun. On nice days, find a seat outside and people watch. (Updated 5.20.10)
Globe, a family owned eatery, has offered authentic Indian cuisine to the downtown crowd during lunch and to family diners in the evening since 2002. All dishes - vegetables, rice, chicken, seafood, etc. - are cooked individually in the traditional style of northern India. (Updated 5.28.10)
Golden Dragon has become a mealtime destination for many Topekans who are hungry for good Chinese food in the downtown area. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. Battered shrimp, and chicken with onions are two popular choices from the buffet. Check out the buffet, when available, for dining in or to go.(Updated 5.28.10)