Baby Dolls, in addition to being the premier gentleman's club in South Topeka, features a full-service kitchen serving steak, shrimp, hamburgers, chicken and salads. Come and try the $4 cheeseburger and fries special (Monday-Friday until 3 p.m.) and be sure to pick out a table with a view! (Updated 1/06/14)
Baker's Dozen began in 2004 as a mom-and-pop style doughnut store. The S.W. 21st St. store moved into an 11,000-square-foot building that offers a drive-through window seven days a week. The spacious dining room hours on 21st St., where all of the store's baking is done, are now 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Regulars will still find the popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut and the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Donut, with fresh batches now made twice a day. And you still get more for your money at Baker's Dozen, which stays true to its name by adding an extra doughnut to every dozen you purchase. Diabetic? No problem! Baker's Dozen offers several doughnuts made with Splenda. (Updated 4.5.10)
Banjo's, a staple of South Topeka-Pauline dining since the mid-1980s, offers a casual breakfast and lunch menu that features homemade meals, including the popular biscuits and sausage gravy. The diner serves breakfast all day. Under the same ownership since 2001, Banjo's continues to feature many of the original wait staff, keeping a high rapport with the people of Pauline.
Baskin-Robbins has been part of the southeast Topeka community since the late 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 42 flavors. Just tell them what you want and they'll scoop it up. (Updated 4.2.10)
Opening in August 2013, the Atwood brothers said that this restaurant is perfect for carnivores, including ribs, brisket and burgers. They use no gas burners, and even cook the food on their own meat smoker. Check them out today!
Big Uns also features live blues bands every Friday night.
Owners Bill Brading and Lee Browning strive to make Bill's Diner a quick, affordable and, of course, delicious destination for diners of all walks of life.
The restaurant specializes in unfussy American favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, chicken fried steak and pulled pork sandwiches. The service is speedy, the help friendly and the food can't be beat.
Look for Bill in the kitchen, grilling your burger to perfection and chatting up customers in the dining room.
For a good time in a casual atmosphere, try Billard Airport Restaurant, which has been serving good ol' hot American food for more than half a century. Leased from Phillip Billard Airport, the restaurant welcomes all Topekans and visitors for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. (Updated 4.2.10)
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)