$$ - Moderate

North Star Steakhouse

1100 N.W. 25th, Topeka

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.

Old Chicago

1231 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Since 2005, Old Chicago has offered Chicago-style pizza -- that is, pizza made in a deep dish with lots of toppings -- to Topekans. The restaurant also serves Calzones and a variety of pastas and salads. Don't forget to finish your meal with a giant, freshly baked dessert cookie a la mode. (Updated 3/23/09)

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

1925 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Since 1990, Olive Garden has offered Topekans great Italian food in a classic Italian atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite Northern and Southern Italian dishes as well as some Italian-American favorites like Fettucini Alfredo at this establishment where they work by the motto "When you're here, you're family!" (Updated 3/23/09)

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

1235 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

On the Border, which opened in 2005, serves your favorite Mexican dishes prepared in a Tex-Mex fashion. Enjoy specialty fajitas, tacos or Build Your Own Burrito. If you're counting calories, choose from the Border Smart menu featuring items with 750 or less calories, 25g or less of fat, and 8g or less of saturated fat.

Oriental Express

5954 SW 29th Street, Topeka

From the same owners as Jade Garden, Oriental Express offers a second Asian restaurant featuring different Asian cuisines designed to suit any palette. Enjoy your favorite Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes in this fast-food restaurant just off Wanamaker. Be surprised by the delicious tastes. This restaurant also features a sushi bar with well-trained sushi chefs.

Outback Steakhouse

5826 S.W. 21st Street, Topeka

Experience a taste of Australia at Outback Steakhouse. Enjoy the delicious Bloomin' Onion appetizer before moving on to your fish or steak meal. Everything -- from the salad dressings to baked potatoes to prime rib -- is made fresh in the kitchen every day. Afraid of the wait? Make a simple phone call on your way out the door and take advantage of call-ahead seating. (Updated 3/23/09)

Paisano's Ristorante

4043 S.W. 10th Street, Topeka

Paisano's offers southern Italian cuisine, which means its selections are built around homemade sauces often featuring seafood and are served in large portion sizes. The entrees are so good you must be careful that you don't fill up on the bottomless fresh salad, bread and made-from-scratch soups.

Paisano's also has an early bird special Monday through Friday. Entrees are half-price with the purchase of a drink for everyone who is seated by 11:30 a.m.

They make anything Bambino size on request, for the little ones.

Delivery is limited to larger orders, with a minimum $75 purchase. (Updated 3/20/09)

Papa John's

2121 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

Papa John’s takes pride in using fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough and quality ingredients. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza company. Delivery and carry-out available. Go to www.papajohns.com to place your order online. (Updated 3/20/09)

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

1720 SW Wanamaker, Topeka

Perkins is a national chain that operates one location in Topeka serving home-style American food. Hours run early to late, and the folks at Perkins serve the entire menu all day long including breakfast.

Perkins offers fresh-baked goods, from muffins to pies. Try them inside the restaurant or take them to go.

When available, the party room can be reserved in advance for a group.

Starting in April, the restaurant stays open until midnight Sunday through Thursday. Those summer hours continue to October.

Pigskins Sports Bar

2833 S.W. 29th Street, Topeka

Pigskins is the laid-back, game-watching, sports bar side of Boss Hawg's Barbeque, which has been "horrifying vegetarians since 1995." They serve food until midnight, and you can get it half price if you order after 10 p.m. (Updated 3/20/09)