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Jet-A-Way Café

Forbes Field Airport Terminal, Topeka

The Jet-A-Way Café, located just off the runway at Forbes Field, provides an up-close view of action at the airport while also serving barbeque in a diner-like setting. The food is so good and convenient that some pilots make a point of fueling up at Forbes just so they can eat there, too. The Jet-A-Way Café also welcomes those who work at Forbes Field as well as visitors who want to grab a bite to eat while watching planes take off and land.
The food includes barbecue ribs, pulled pork, brisket and turkey. But if you’re craving something you don’t see on the menu, just ask. The cooks are happy to make what you want, including a variety of breakfast items.
Café hours may vary. If, for example, a later flight is expected to arrive, the café may stay open late.



Kentucky Fried Chicken

3211 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Kentucky Fried Chicken, based in Louisville, Ky., can feed your hunger with chicken, sandwiches and sides, whether you're feeding one person or a big party. Col. Sanders' original recipe fried chicken remains the most popular with the millions of people who eat at more than 11,000 KFC restaurants around the world every day. (Updated 6.11.10)



Lake Shawnee Golf Course

4141 S.E. East Edge Road, Topeka

Stop at the snack bar after rounding the first nine holes and munch on a burger, hot dog, brat or sandwich. The snack bar serves up beer, mixed drinks and Gatorade. The patio at the clubhouse provides a good spot to kick back and look at the wooded area. The nearby banquet room holds about 80 people and is a popular spot for golf tournaments and the occasional wedding; call for information about reservations. Hours vary depending on the season – sunrise to sunset. (Updated 6.11.10)



Larry's Shortstop

3834 S. Topeka Ave., Topeka

Larry's Short Stop will fuel your belly while you fill your gas tank. In 1985, this gas station started selling chicken and has expanded its menu over the years. Days start off with a variety of breakfast options, from the popular biscuits and gravy to eggs. Later, there are cheeseburgers and french fries as well as meatloaf dinners, chicken and noodles, and beef and noodles. The shop has seating for 25 people, but most people take their orders to go. (Updated 6.11.10)



Las Fuentes Authentic Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

3656 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Enjoy authentic Mexican food served in a brightly-decorated and friendly atmosphere. Las Fuentes, which has been open at the southwest corner of the old White Lakes Mall complex since 2001, serves lots of filling dishes. Its steak and fajitas are particularly popular.



Little Caesars

3702 S.W. Burlingame, 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. (Updated 6.23.10)



McDonald's

3117 S.W. Topeka 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. Try the specialty coffee drinks, including lattes and mochas. All locations serve breakfast from 5:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. This location has a drive-thru available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it offers an indoor play space for kids. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

3072 S.W. 29th St., 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 until 10:30 a.m. This is a drive-thru only location. (Updated 7.26.10)



McDonald's

1301 S.W. 37th St., Topeka

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Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas

3640 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas has four locations that have been serving Topeka since the mid 1990s. Goodcents bread is baked fresh daily and its sandwiches are made fresh to order -- served both hot and cold. And unlike many sandwiches places in town, Goodcents serves pasta and offers home delivery. (Updated 3/23/09)