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Field of Greens

909 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Locally owned Field of Greens, which calls itself a garden bistro, profits from a dream location. It is the closest eatery to the capitol complex in downtown Topeka. It opened in 2002, offering soups and 50 varieties of salad.

The buffet is stocked with everything you need to make a great salad, and the decor in this downtown storefront is fun. On nice days, find a seat outside and people watch.

Forbes Snack Bar at Forbes Golf Course

700 S.W. Capehart Rd., Topeka

After hitting a bucket of balls or finishing nine holes, the snack bar at Forbes Golf Course offers food to fill your belly. The fare isn’t fancy. Then again, sometimes a chili dog (a big seller) just hits the spot. The prices are cheep, too.
Grab a can of beer (or a six pack) before hitting the course with buddies. Or choose something more hydrating, like Gatorade.
Forbes also offers a party room for special events and tournaments. The course is open sunup to sundown, and the snack bar is open whenever the course is. (Updated 5.28.10)

Freddy's Frozen Custard

1050 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

Freddy's Frozen Custard prides itself on recreating old-fashioned favorites, using hard work and integrity as the main ingredients in every meal. Enjoy favorites like a Chicago-style hotdog, a one-of-a-kind steakburger with thinly sliced fries or stop in for some freshly churned frozen custard reminiscent of the custard served along old Route 66.

G's Frozen Custard and Yogurt

1301 S.W. 6th St., Topeka

G's has been a hometown custard hot spot in Topeka since 1991, specializing in custard and yogurt products made fresh daily right in the shop. It has a loyal customer base. Hours are shorter in the winter, but are enhanced by a limited lunch menu featuring chili, soup and sandwiches. (Updated 5.24.10)

Gage Bowl North Grill

200 E. Highway 24, Topeka

Bowling isn't the same without good snacks, and Gage Bowl takes the snack bar to a new level. Enjoy a full menu of lunch and dinner items every day, or check out the breakfast menu on Saturdays. (Updated 5.24.10)

Gage Center Bowl

4200 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

Sure, you can knock down pins at Gage Center Bowl, but this place is also known for its food. In fact, plenty of folks come here just to eat. Start out the day with breakfast favorites: eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, French toast, juice and coffee. Then check out the cheesy pizza. Probably the best thing, says proprietor Rex Haney, are Gage Bowl’s burgers. “Great burgers,” he says, “great chicken strips, the pizza is very good.” The restaurant seats about 50 people. You can call in advance to reserve lanes or space for a party. (Open bowling ends around 9 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays for league bowling.)(Updated 5.24.10)

Gas & Shop

1900 N. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Sure, the name of this North Topeka place is Gas & Shop, but it could easily be Gas & Eat. You’ll have a hard time finding any place in town that sells more biscuits and gravy than this gas station and convenience store does between 5 and 11 a.m. each day. The place goes through at least 12 gallons of gravy a day – 18 to 20 gallons during a weekend breakfast shift. Gas & Shop always has a pot of hot homemade chili and sells homemade sandwiches with Fanestil meat, including the popular Fanestil Party Time Ham sandwich. Those food items are available until midnight.
Food has been a big part of Gas & Shop since the place opened in 1980 or 1981. And owners give thanks for their loyal customers, who continued patronizing Gas & Shop when construction on the neighboring Topeka Boulevard Bridge decreased traffic to the area and threatened business before the bridge reopened in 2008. Gas & Shop pays customers back with inexpensive prices. (Updated 5.28.10)

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.

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

1336 S.W. 17th St., Topeka

Conveniently located near Washburn University, the Great Wall offers quick delivery of all your favorite Chinese cuisine to area addresses, and a casual dining environment for those looking for a sit-down restaurant. (Updated 5.28.10)


2100 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

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)