Glory Days Pizza

3310 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Glory Days has served mouth-watering pizza in Topeka and Lawrence since 1985, and its newest location in Aquarian Center north of Lake Shawnee is no exception.

With three delicious varieties of crust, the freshest pizza sauce and a giant selection of toppings to choose from, Glory Days, which has consistently won Best of Topeka awards, is the perfect break from the big chain pizza joints. (Updated 5.28.10)

Hot Pockets

1909 N.E. Seward Ave, Topeka

As long as the bar is open, the kitchen is serving food at Hot Pockets, which has offered eight pool tables with continuous games since 2006.

Although Hot Pockets is a full bar establishment, minors are allowed in until 8 p.m. and later when accompanied by a parent.

Check out Hot Pockets' MySpace page to see when the next minor pool tournament is scheduled. The bar features live bands twice a month and jams every Sunday. (Updated 6.11.10)

Ice & Olives

3627 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Ice & Olives brings the spirit of Dean & DeLuca to Topeka with their gourmet grocery store at S.E. 29th and Croco Rd. Besides an extensive selection of upscale grocery items, Ice & Olives also sells meat and cheese trays as well as freshly made deli sandwiches featuring secret herbs and sauces in a California-style cuisine.

The store offers pasta, sauces, dips, cheeses and olives, many imported from Europe.

Take your food to go, or stop in at the neighboring coffee shop, The Java Bar. The Java Bar shares the same owner and customers are welcome to pause there to enjoy their gourmet sandwiches. Look for live music most Saturday nights, when the deli stays open an extra hour.(Updated 3.19.10)

La Fiesta Restaurant

1017 N.E. Seward Ave, Topeka

Located at the entrance to the Oakland neighborhood off the Branner Street Bridge, La Fiesta is a cozy, family-owned restaurant serving homemade Mexican food, including breakfast. (Updated 6.11.10)

Lonnie Q's BBQ

3150 SE 21st, Topeka

After 10 years running the BBQ spot at Topeka Harley Davidson, Lonnie Weaver set off on his own (armed with a hungry army of loyal BBQ fans) and opened a new restaurant in February 2011, in Deer Creek Valley, just south of I-70 (take the SE Deer Creek Trafficway exit on I-70 and go south before turning east of SE 21st St.) and north of Lake Shawnee (from SE 29th St. behind the Lake Shawnee dam, go north on SE Wittenberg Road to SE 21st St.).

Located in a brand new building near Deer Creek RV Park, Lonnie's offers exactly what you expect in a BBQ joint: ribs, brisket, pork and turkey as well as an array of outstanding side dishes including his popular cheesy taters. On Saturday mornings, Lonnie's serves biscuits and gravy.

And before you think that Lonnie is just the mastermind at the smoker, know that the music inspired murals inside the restaurant were all painted by Lonnie himself. The interior of Lonnie's is both comfortable and sophisticated with room for 75.

Love's Fish Market & Restaurant

2511 S.E. California Ave., Topeka

Family owned business that serves up southern fried seafood and chicken. Soul food side dishes and homemade peach cobbler.
We also sell fresh fish and alligator.

Mama Shirley's Family Restaurant

2511 S.E. California, Topeka

Mama Shirley opened in Feb. 2014, much to enjoyment of the residents of East Topeka. Mama Shirley offers fish by the pound, various fish sandwiches and other seafood plates.


2880 S.E. California, 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. Try the specialty coffee drinks, including lattes and mochas. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This location has a drive-thru available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Updated 2/26/09)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

2841 S.E. Croco Road, Topeka

This Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt location opened in Topeka in December 2012.

Featuring a wide variety of decadent flavors as well as fruit-based flavors, Orange Leaf has something for everyone. And just like their flavor choices, the Orange Leaf toppings bar allows you to customize your treat with everything from fresh fruit and nuts to brownie bites and chocolate syrup.

Started in San Francisco in 2008 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Orange Leaf now boasts more than 90 stores scattered across the country, and has become the fastest growing frozen yogurt franchise in the U.S.

Pizza Hut

2007 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Pizza Hut began when two brothers, along with their mom and $600, opened a pizza parlor in 1958 at a busy intersection in Wichita, Kan. Now, Pizza Hut has a global reach and can boast of being the world's largest pizza restaurant company.

Its menu is packed with pizza as well as other meal options, including pasta and chicken wings.