After 10 years running the BBQ spot at Topeka Harley Davidson, Lonnie Weaver set off on his own (armed with a hungry army of loyal BBQ fans) and opened a new restaurant in February 2011, in Deer Creek Valley, just south of I-70 (take the SE Deer Creek Trafficway exit on I-70 and go south before turning east of SE 21st St.) and north of Lake Shawnee (from SE 29th St. behind the Lake Shawnee dam, go north on SE Wittenberg Road to SE 21st St.).
Located in a brand new building near Deer Creek RV Park, Lonnie's offers exactly what you expect in a BBQ joint: ribs, brisket, pork and turkey as well as an array of outstanding side dishes including his popular cheesy taters. On Saturday mornings, Lonnie's serves biscuits and gravy.
And before you think that Lonnie is just the mastermind at the smoker, know that the music inspired murals inside the restaurant were all painted by Lonnie himself. The interior of Lonnie's is both comfortable and sophisticated with room for 75.
If you're a fan of delicious Mexican food and cheap margaritas, and who isn't really? Then Los Charros is the place for you.
Marco Smith, part-owner of El Charro, had always wanted to open a second location in Topeka. He and his wife Savanna realized that dream with the opening of Los Charros in August 2010. The restaurant is nestled in the corner of the Gage Center shopping complex and is easily accessible from Gage Drive and Huntoon Street.
Signature dishes include fajitas and Popeye's Chicken (made with spinach). Mouth-watering 99-cent margaritas are on special Monday - Thursday, as well as on Saturdays. A spacious dining room and eye-catching bar area are just icing on the cake.
Magic Meals, a family business offering a wide range of affordable meals, has been in operation since 2004. It features healthy, customized, fresh-cooked meals delivered from a central kitchen to clients in Topeka, Lawrence and surrounding communities. It specializes in senior meals, medically restricted diets, weight loss diets and short-term meal solutions. Deliveries can be made any time, according to the client's needs and wishes. (Updated 6.29.10)
Mikey’s serves as town restaurant, bar and information hub in Rossville – a place for local residents to gather as well as folks passing through on US-24.
The place serves up plenty of menu options at reasonable prices and even offers a kids menu. Among the dishes coming out of the kitchen are simple items like chicken strips, patty melts, Phillies and Mikey’s Cheeseburger along with hearty favorites like the chicken fried steak dinner and steak dinner. There’s also a variety of salads on the menu. Beer is a good buy at $2.50 a bottle.
The kitchen stays open until 9 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends. Check out the karaoke on Friday nights. (Updated 7.26.10)
Millennium Café opened in 2001 with the opening of the new Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, designed by internationally-known architect Michael Graves. The cafe offers library workers and visitors a quick, casual and usually quiet place to sit and enjoy a bite to eat or relax with a cup of coffee. It caters inside the library, and links from the library's Web site at www.tscpl.org will bring you more information about the cafe, including the week's menu. The menu includes some made-from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche and seasonal features. The cafe opens at 8:15 a.m. weekdays. (Updated 7.26.10)
The Moose Lodge is a North Topeka landmark offering full-service dining for members and guests on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Moose, which supports veterans activities and the JROTC program at Topeka High, also holds separate pancake and taco feeds once a month that are open to the public (check the roadside sign for dates). (Updated 3.26.09)
Since 2003, Nib's has offered gourmet coffees and good service in a bright family-owned atmosphere in North Topeka. Owners Nichole and Brady Yingling are north-city natives and opened the spot when they were barely out of high school. (12/12)
Come meet your friends at the North Star Steakhouse. A Topeka tradition for several decades, this locally owned North Topeka restaurant has some of the best steaks in the state -- and you're sure to get your money's worth. Private parties can be reserved for up to 120 people.