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Abigail's Grill and Bar

3701 S.W. Plaza Drive, Topeka

Formerly That Place, Abigail's Grill & Bar opened in November 2011. Owned by Frank and Abigail Saiya, Abigail's aims to be a neighborhood bar for South Topeka. With a menu that features breakfast all day with a southern twist (think comfort food), Abigail's will also have burgers and sandwiches to go along with a full bar.

The restaurant opens at 9 a.m., but the kitchen doesn't open until 10:30 a.m. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 12:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

Karaoke is offered Thursday and Saturday.



Asian Cafe

2131 S.W. Gage Blvd, Topeka

Asian Cafe features Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Located in the former Sunny Street Cafe building near S.W. 21st and Gage, Asian Cafe's specialties include, Teriyaki Chicken, Spicy Pork, Orange Beef, Bulgogi (stir fried beer), Galbi (Korean beef ribs) and House Pan Fired Noodles.

Special lunch combinations featuring an entree with fried or steamed rice, an egg roll or crab rangoon and egg drop, hot & sour or wonton soup are available for $5.79 - $6.29 Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Delivery is available with a minimum order of $15.

Asian Cafe was opened when Jade Garden at S.W. 21st and Gage closed in October 2012.



Baskin-Robbins

4400 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

Baskin-Robbins has operated its S.W. 21st Street store since the 1970s, offering delicious ice creams, shakes and specialty cakes. The corporate slogan is "31 Flavors" because the company wanted to be able to offer customers a different flavor each day of the month. This store actually offers about 48 flavors. Just tell them what you want and they'll scoop it up.



Boss Hawg's Barbeque

2833 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

As its slogan says, Boss Hawg's has been "Horrifying Vegetarians Since 1995" with its delicious barbecue. The casual dining restaurant, located in the Brookwood Shopping Center and attached to Pigskin's Sports Bar, has won numerous state and regional awards, and has placed high in national and international rankings. Topeka native Sarah Burtch took over for original owner Elizabeth Lumpkin in April 2013. (Updated 4.18.13)



Cafe Barnabas

5331 S.W. 22nd Place, Topeka

Cafe Barnabas is a volunteer-run shop in Fairlawn Plaza Mall. Their specialty is tea-related drinks, but they do offer fresh baked goods, sandwiches and wraps.



Cara's Cup

5660 SW 29th, Topeka

PT's has been the leader in Topeka coffee shops since 1993 and also has a roasting company that caters to restaurants and customers across the country.

You can buy fresh roasted coffee by the pound right at the shop. PT's in Barrington Village brews five different coffees daily that are all fresh roasted. It boasts some of the most knowledgeable baristas in the business.

PT's also serves hot and cold sandwiches, fresh muffins, and scones. And, for the hard-core coffee lover, PT's has a Clover machine, a one-cup brewing system.

In 2014, the original PT's location underwent a name change, being re-branded as Cara's Cup, in honor of Cara Kroll, a former manager who passed away in 2012. The shop is under different ownership.



Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant

837 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Casa Ramos is a family-owned restaurant featuring a cozy "rise-and-shine" decor, in the words of one employee. Descended from a Casa Ramos chain in California and first opened in Kansas in Emporia, the Topeka store serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, relaxed and festive atmosphere. "If you want a taste of heaven, come to Casa Ramos," manager Alvaro Ramos says.

The family-oriented restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, while offering daily lunch and dinner specials. On Sundays, kids eat for 50 percent off. There are 99-cent margaritas Monday through Thursday and 99-cent Budweiser and Bud Light draws every day. Don't forget to look for the rubber chicken! (Updated 5.7.10)



China Pavilion

5348 S.W. 17th St., Topeka

China Pavillion has been offering full lunch and dinner buffets, including chicken, beef and pork, in a casual dining atmosphere since 1994.



Church's Chicken

3001 S.W. 10th St., Topeka

Church's, which started in 1952 across from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, features tasty fried chicken without the wait. Today there are more than 1,600 Church's outlets worldwide serving fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, fries and biscuits. (Updated 5.7.10)



Classic Bean

2125 S.W. Fairlawn, Topeka

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 attracts a diverse section of the Topeka population, partially through their dedication to live entertainment. The management features a broad range of blues, bluegrass, acoustic and other forms of musical entertainment designed to appeal to younger and older crowds.