Since Wilbur Hardee opened his first restaurant in Greenville, N.C., in 1960, the focus has been on quality hamburgers and quick service in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Nowadays, the restaurant specializes in charbroiled 100-percent Black Angus beef burgers ranging from one-fourth to two-thirds of a pound. The restaurant has a drive-thru for convenience. (Updated 5.28.10)
Opened in October 2008 by Michelle and David Boyer, Hot Java occupies part of the former Mr. D's bar building in the 3300 block of S.W. Gage.
Besides being a place to get a great cup of coffee - whether straight up or in dozens of different varieties - Hot Java features a friendly, attentive staff in an upscale cafe vibe with pastries, salads, paninis and a bistro menu. (Updated 6.3.10)
Serving the Topeka community since the 1980s, Hunam offers friendly service and delicious Chinese cuisine in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. For those on the go, there's take-out -- or free delivery with a $15 minimum purchase. Hunam also caters.
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)
Kiku's has been the place for good Japanese dining -- with the meals prepared before your eyes on the hibachi -- for 20 years. Kiku's is fun to watch and great to eat! If you're in the mood for a different style of Japanese food, enjoy sushi prepared by the talented sushi chefs. Enjoy one roll as part of your hibachi meal or fill your stomach with sushi alone! (Updated 6.11.10)
Less than two years after opening the wildly popular LaRocca's Pizza at S.W. 21st and Urish, Vince and Irene LaRocca opened a new pizza joint in the former Spanky's bar location at 3100 S.W. Gage Blvd.
With room for a hundred hungry customers, the new LaRocca's location turned a tired and well-worn neighborhood bar spot into a sleek and pristine pizza place that features all of the items that keeps the standing room only place on Urish hopping.
LaRocca's delectable pizza, pasta, subs and salads are now served alongside a full-service bar that features more than a dozen beers, wine and cocktails.
Lazio's is a friendly, laid-back spot where customers can come in for a good cup of coffee, a bagel for breakfast or a sandwich for lunch. Lazio's roasts its own coffee, so break away from your normal brew and try one of its specialty drinks! (Updated 1.29.14)
Todd Howell's exciting new sports bar & restaurant opened in the west end of Fairlawn Plaza in April 2011. Howell, a partner in Bullfrog's Live for nine years, has created a spectacular new place that holds more than 300 people and has 38 50-inch flat screen TVS as well as a 10-foot HD projector TV. On the weekends Lazy Toad will have live music.
The restaurant features home style food with favorites such as fried chicken and meatloaf as well as New York-style pizza as well as upscale bar food.
Look for the addition of an outdoor patio with seating of about 100.
Long John Silvers serves up batter-dipped fish, chicken and shrimp meals -- along with fries, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn-on-the-cob -- to nearly 4 million customers a week at more than 1,200 restaurants worldwide. For a change of pace, try the new Freshside Grille menu. (Updated 6.23.10)
After three years of creating cakes in their home, Peggy and Mark Murnahan opened their first retail shop — Mad Eliza’s Cakes and Confections — with pink walls and a checked black and white floor.
Mad Eliza’s, named after the Murnahan's daughter Madeline Elizabeth, features cakes and confections including cupcakes, cookies and cheesecakes that change daily. Some of the more popular selections are the maple-bacon cupcakes, cream cheese-filled chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars. Peggy also makes cakes to-order.
In late 2014, Mad Eliza's moved across town to Brookwood Plaza.