$$ - Moderate

AJ's NY Pizzeria

1930 S.W. Westport Drive, Topeka

Located in the former Frances O'Dooley's Irish Pub & Grille spot near S.W. 21st and Westport Drive, AJ's NY Pizzeria is a Manhattan-based eatery that features authentic New York pizza inspired by the Mastandos of Brooklyn, a New York pizzeria for over 50 years.

AJ's, which opened on Sept. 20, 2012, has unique specialty pizzas including AJ’s Grilled Cheese Pie and Hot Wing Pie as well as traditionally-topped pizzas and their specialty — pizza by the slice.

In addition to pizza, AJ's serves hot wings, toasted ravioli, garlic knots, hero sandwiches and a variety of unique fresh salads.



Almost Home Cafe

3536 N.E. US-24 Highway, Topeka

As the name implies, Almost Home Cafe features downhome cooking -- "Good ol' trucker food." But don't be fooled by the menu and think only truckers enjoy the homecooked meals for which Almost Home Cafe has become known. A visit to the Highway 24 favorite, near Grantville, proves that locals and truckers alike appreciate the friendly atmosphere and delicious food prepared by the owners who opened the location in 2007.



Annie's Place

4014 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

Annie's Place has been a favorite mealtime destination for casual dining for since the late 1980s. It prides itself on its freshness, whether it is pies and bread or salads. Enjoy a delicious specialty burger and special dessert menu featuring your favorite pies cooked fresh daily. Annie's serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.



Applebee's Grill and Bar

5928 S.W. 17th St., Topeka

Since 1992, Applebee's has offered customers a fun, friendly and casual dining experience, along with a wide array of meal options. Stick with classic American favorites like steak and potato combinations or venture for something new on their seasonal menu. For the health conscious, Applebee's offers a Weight Watchers menu of guilt-free versions of their favorite menu items. With a full bar and wide menu selection, Applebee's calls itself "America's Favorite Neighbor." (Updated 3.29.10)



Arturo's Mexican Restaurant

105 S.E. 10th, Topeka

Aturo's opened in 2006, offering authentic Mexican foods in a friendly, casual atmosphere. In the downtown business district, Arturo's is a favorite lunch spot with a quick kitchen and staff, making a sit-down lunch fast and enjoyable.



Baby Dolls

5300 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

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)



Banjo's Cafe

5824 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

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.



Big 'Uns Grill

1620 S.W. 6th, Topeka

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.



Billy Vanilly

4036 S.W. Huntoon St. , Topeka

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)



Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant

417 S.W. 37th St., Topeka

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)