Billy Vanilly (formerly called Daddy Cakes) is the only place you will find gourmet cupcakes in the Topeka area. Enjoy a "Daddy Cake," which is a cupcake the size of a Texas muffin, or a "Baby Cake," which is a regular size cupcake. If you're concerned about the health impacts of a giant-sized cupcake, try a "Skinny Cake," a cupcake featuring 200 calories or less, fewer than five grams of fat and healthier ingredients than your normal cupcake. (Updated 1.06.14)
At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite coffees and teas are served by talented and friendly baristas. Plenty of soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps are available for a quick lunch or dinner, including a delicious array of options for vegetarians. A variety of baked goods are prepared regularly throughout the week, and a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails was recently added. (Updated 3.1.10)
The Blind Tiger opened in 1995 offering casual dining, "good food, friendly people and great beer." Every day the bar features nine beers on tap, including four handcrafted ales from the restaurant's microbrewery. The restaurant, which can handle large parties and has daily lunch and dinner specials, features midwestern favorites including Kansas City-style barbequed ribs and seasonally available buffalo burgers. (Updated 1.6.14)
Blue Moose, in the former Brick Oven building near S.W. 29th and Wanamaker, is an upscale bar and grill known for amazing food. From Mediterranean Shrimp Past and Free Range Rosemary Roasted Chicken to Baby Back Ribs and Jammin' Salmon, Blue Moose has an eclectic and sophisticated menu.
In addition, look for a classy bar and unique patio.
Look for a delicious Sunday Brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are two Blue Moose restaurants in Kansas City. The original Blue Moose Bar & Grill is located in Prairie Village and the other Blue Moose Bar & Grill is in Overland Park.
Visit one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine -- an award bestowed on this classic Topeka burger drive in by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in June 2009.
Bobo's has been a Topeka tradition since 1948 and was featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" in 2008. It is famous for its handmade apple pies -- served by the slice or whole pie -- and its onion rings, which also are made fresh every day. Car hops take your order and bring your food to your car.
Anyone who has lived in Topeka very long knows about Bobo's. Most have eaten there at one time or another. And when people move away and come back to visit, many just have to have a burger at Bobo's.
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)
Bradley's, which opened in North Topeka in February 2006, features popular, made-from-scratch rolls, buns, fries and 25 different kinds of pies. Its turkey and dressing meals, meatloaf, and biscuits and gravy are popular with diners.
The Brass Rail has been a fixture in the Oakland area since 1933. It's a friendly neighborhood bar where folks can meet with their buddies for good barbecue and the coldest beer in town. (Updated 2.23.09)