$$ - Moderate

Blue Moose Bar & Grill

3030 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

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.



Boss Hawg's Barbeque

2833 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

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)



Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar

1227 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Buffalo Wild Wings is a casual eatery featuring both bone-in and bone-out hot wings with a variety of sauce flavors and intensities.

Divided into both a bar and a dining room, feel free to bring friends to watch sports on numerous screens throughout the restaurant or the family for a fun dining experience.

Visit its Web site to keep track of the many wings and beer specials Buffalo Wild Wings runs throughout the week. (Updated 3.18.14)



Café Holliday

800 S.W. 12th, Topeka

For 14 years, family-owned and operated Café Holiday has offered its Mexican-American cuisine to a diverse clientele in a friendly, lively atmosphere that is a bit off the beaten path. Dinner is served on Fridays (5-8 p.m.) and breakfast on Saturdays (7:30 a.m. opening).



Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

3425 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka

Carlos O'Kelly's opened the doors to its friendly, family-dining Mexican restaurant in 1985. It offers a popular lunch buffet ($6.99) during the week, arguably the best chili con queso in town and weekly margarita specials. The daily food specials ensure that you'll get good value for your dollar.



Casa Authentic Mexican Food

3320 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Since 1969, diners with a healthy appetite have enjoyed Casa Autentic Mexican Restaurant. Casa's buffets, featuring enchiladas, tacos and nachos, keep Topeka's lunch and dinner crowds happy. If you prefer, order your favorite Mexican dish from the regular menu. Finish your buffet or meal with a serving of Casa's Fried Ice Cream!



Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant

837 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Casa Ramos is a family-owned restaurant featuring a cozy "rise-and-shine" decor, in the words of one employee. Descended from a Casa Ramos chain in California and first opened in Kansas in Emporia, the Topeka store serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, relaxed and festive atmosphere. "If you want a taste of heaven, come to Casa Ramos," manager Alvaro Ramos says.

The family-oriented restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, while offering daily lunch and dinner specials. On Sundays, kids eat for 50 percent off. There are 99-cent margaritas Monday through Thursday and 99-cent Budweiser and Bud Light draws every day. Don't forget to look for the rubber chicken! (Updated 5.7.10)



Celtic Fox

118 S.W. 8th, Topeka

Since 2003, the Celtic Fox has been offering Irish cuisine in a casual, "Cheers"-like atmosphere. Try Irish favorites like potato soup, fish and chips or shepherd's pie. Watch the calendar for live entertainment and don't forget to ask the bartender about their drink specials. (Updated 1/06/14)



Cheeburger Cheeburger

2919 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

This '50s style diner most definitely is not brought to you by the letter "S." Cheeburger Cheeburger, which opened June 23, 2009, features "Cheeburgers" (what others might call a cheeseburger) topped with as many as 26 different toppings.
The Wanamaker location is the first Kansas franchise for the Fort Myers, Fla., chain. Cheeburger Cheeburger features beef fresh from a plant in Dodge City, topped with one of nine cheeses and then any combination of 26 toppings for no extra charge. Cheeburger also offers sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and malts.
“It’s not fast food,” owner Tom Overton told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “Everything is made to order.”
Hungry adults who can make a "pounder" disappear will get their picture taken and posted on a bulletin board inside the restaurant. Kids younger than 12 can take on the challenge with a half-pounder.



Chili's Grill & Bar

2021 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Chili's, which opened in Topeka in 1992, offers diners a wide variety of Americanized meal options with a Tex-Mex twist. Enjoy great food in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Chili's is a proud sponsor of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. (Updated 4.14.10)