Pizza Parlor

1919 NE Seward Ave., Topeka

An Oakland family-owned favorite since 1965, the Pizza Parlor features delicious pizza meals including the Big Bobby -- a 16 inch Super Supreme pizza that weighs 4.5 pounds before entering the oven!

Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." The menu includes hamburgers and ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. On Saturday, try a steak during the Steak Night Special. On Sunday, the Pizza Parlor serves breakfast 9 a.m. to noon and the regular menu noon to 7 p.m.

The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.


508 N.E. Sardou, Topeka

A pilgrimage to CW Porubsky Grocery and Meats during chili season has been a Topeka tradition since 1947. This friendly, family-operated business is a good place to get a good meal without spending a lot of money.

Charles Porubsky opened this still family-run business Jan. 1, 1947. His son Charlie runs things now. To this day, little changes there. Porubsky's has the same weathered bar signs and packs the same lunch crowd ranging from the everyday worker to the governor. A county judge is among the servers.

And while chili season at Porubsky's runs from Sept. 1 through April 1, a trip to Topeka's Little Russia is not complete without also stopping for a legendary hot pickle. Be warned: even during chili season, chili isn't served on Fridays.

Prize Package

1420 SE 6th Ave., Topeka

Prize Package is a longtime Topeka tradition delighting customers with tasty burgers at cheap prices. If you're looking for a good lunch near downtown, Prize Package is only about eight blocks east of 6th and Kansas.
Legend has it that Prize Package started in the 1920s and was located around 4th and Quincy until urban renewal pushed it out. Harold Cromwell Sr. took over the business around 1952, and it has remained in the Cromwell family ever since. The business has been located in its current location since 1964. (Updated 3/11/14)

Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill

2920 S.E. Croco Rd., Topeka

Formerly McB's, Reed's Lakeside Bar & Grill offers a fun, friendly atmosphere with great service for the Lake Shawnee crowd. Stop by to watch the big game, enjoy one of the daily food and drink specials. Local boxers Derrick and Damon Reed, who also own Reed's Ringside Bar & Grill north of Topeka, bought McB's in August 2010. (Updated 8.28.10)

Shawnee Country Club

913 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

The Shawnee Country Club formed in 1915, and the Donald Ross-designed golf course now features mature trees and flowers on its rolling hills. It can be a beautiful spot for an outdoor wedding or indoor reception and also opens its doors to special events, corporate meetings and holiday parties. Members can enjoy the casual and fine dining options any time, in addition to attending special events, such as wine tastings and brunches on the second Sunday of each month and on holidays. (Updated 3/23/09)

Sonic Drive In

3520 SE 29th, 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, across from Lake Shawnee, offers a volleyball court and playground.

Subway Sandwiches

2003 S.E. 29th St, Topeka

Subway serves delicious hot and cold sandwiches, accompanied by chips, a dessert, salad or soup. Select from their menu of specialty sandwiches or create your own with any vegetables, sauces and meats available.

Tacos El Mexicano

2002 S.E. California, Topeka

Founded 1998, family-owned Tacos El Mexicano has been offeing a full range of authentic Mexican meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- with excellent service.

Tacos El Sol Mexican Restaurant

2124 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

Since 1998, Tacos El Sol has been providing good, authentic Mexican meals in its cozy, clean restaurant. Service is fast and friendly, and everything -- right down to the salsa -- is prepared at the restaurant. Its customers are loyal. Some have been coming back regularly since it opened. (Updated 3/24/09)

The Java Bar at Ice & Olives

3627 S.E. 29th St,, Topeka

The Java Bar is a comfortable gem of a coffee shop in east Topeka near Lake Shawnee. The eclectic seating is cozy and inviting and the murals covering the walls make The Java Bar a great place to settle in with studies or friends.

Looking for caffeine? You can get anything from a regular cup of joe to specialty espresso treats. Or try a smoothie or Italian cream soda.

And since The Java Bar shares the same owner as the neighboring gourmet grocery store Ice & Olives, Java Bar customers can enjoy gourmet sandwiches from Ice & Olives in the coffee shop's cozy atmosphere. The shop also features live music most Saturday nights.

Java Shop customers will also find a mix of tempting sweets, including cookies and carrot cake.

Located in the Thunderbird Shopping Center at S.E. 29th and Croco, The Java Bar opened in the fall of 2008 in the space once occupied by Joe Vagabond's Coffee House. (Updated 1/29/14)