Cook's American Grill

1936 S.W. Gage, Topeka

Cook's features excellent American food -- and especially tasty burgers -- served at the counter. The standard meal is a cheeseburger with onion rings or fries. The onion rings are a customer favorite, featuring light breading while maintaining the true onion flavor.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

1421 S.W. Ashworth Place, Topeka

Cracker Barrel, which bills itself as "Half Restaurant. Half Store. All Country," was founded in Lebanon, Tenn., in the late 1960s to better meet the needs of country travelers. The founder felt that fast food was decreasing the quality and prevalence of roadside diners and sought to start a business to alleviate this problem. From its birth, Cracker Barrel has maintained this dedication to American South style breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites.

Cryster's Asian Diner

4731 N.W. Hunter's Ridge Circle, Topeka

Opened in April 2008 in the Hunter's Ridge area in Northwest Topeka, Cryster's offers authentic Chinese, Japanese and Korean foods served in a clean, modern, casual atmosphere. And the service is great.

Dairy Queen

3320 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

This Dairy Queen offers burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and "tons of ice cream" in a casual atmosphere. You can eat inside, out on the patio or pick up your order at the drive-thru. (Updated 5.12.10)

Dunkin Donuts

4009 S.W. 21st , Topeka

As one of the first of Dunkin Donuts coming to town, the doughnut and coffeeshop opened on S.W. 21st in Feb. 2015. Dunkin Donuts offers a wide variety of doughnuts, coffees and sandwiches to satisfy any craving you're having.

El Mezcal III

5301 S.W. 21st St., Topeka

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.

El Taquito Express

5141 S.W. 29th, Topeka

Opened in January 2013, El Taquito Express is a small carryout/drive thru eatery near S.W. 29th and Fairlawn.

Open at 6:30 a.m., El Taquito is one of the few Mexican restaurants in Topeka where you can get breakfast burritos including pork, chorizo, and sausage and bacon.

For lunch or dinner try one of the authentic tacos — Tacos de Barbacoa or Tacos de Cochita Pibil are favorites — or try the delicious Envueltos de Mole (a rolled corn tortilla dipped in mole and stuffed with chicken) among a variety of other fresh and unique dishes.

Fairway Café at Cypress Ridge Golf Course

2533 S.W. Urish Road, Topeka

The Fairway Café provides a welcome stopping point on the 18-hole city golf course. The café offers your basic snack bar fare: burgers, brats, hot dogs, cold sandwiches, chips and beer. Weather permitting, the golf course is almost always open, with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Business at the Fairway Café is dependent on weather and customers, too. A banquet room is available and seats 66 people. (Updated 5.20.10)

Gambino's Pizza

844 Washington, Auburn

Gambino's is a locally-started franchise that specializes in delicious pizza at a reasonable cost. Bring the family and top your thin or original-crust pizza with any of the mix of about 20 toppings. The Auburn store closes from 2 to 4 p.m. on weekdays. (Updated 5.24.10)

Goose Again

5630 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

Formerly Sidelines, Goose Again is a new sports bar located in Fleming Place. Goose Again opened in mid-October 2010 and is more than your typical bar and grill with a wait staff that goes above and beyond the effort you'd expect. The kitchen opens at 11 a.m. and stays open until 10 or 11 p.m. — allowing you to fill your belly late into the evening. Look for fantastic drink specials most nights served by a friendly staff and mixed by a talented bartender.