13 Top Topeka Restaurants
Discovering delicious meals and unforgettable restaurants makes any trip an adventure. Visit Topeka has polled our enthusiastic network of locals about their favorite eateries and reviewed the restaurant's online reputation to produce this list of 13 Top Topeka Restaurants. Next time you find yourself in need of a meal in Topeka, live like a local and order up at one of these crowd favorites.
1. Enjoy an eclectic array of amazing food for brunch, lunch, dinner, late nights, and events. From their Red Miso-Glazed Salmon to their Blue Moose Burger or their Beef Empanadas, try something new at the Blue Moose!
2. Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant: Known for mouthwatering steaks and fresh seafood and pasta, the restaurant is even better known for their award-winning microbrewery. Blind Tiger first opened its doors in 1995, becoming the first microbrewery in the capital city and the largest brewery in Kansas. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a cold one at this local favorite.
3. Lonnie Q's: Make sure you get here early because they have been known to run out of food! The cheesy taters are worth the trip alone, but we recommend trying the Q Cup, or as it's better known, the Cup of Heaven - a bowl filled with brisket, pork and turkey served on top of cheesy taters and baked beans.
4. RowHouse: Treat yourself to a sophisticated dinner while eating in a historic building when you stop at this Topeka favorite. The ever-changing prix fixe menu allows for several courses of delicious food inside a renovated 1876 rowhouse. Indulge yourself with salad, soup, an entrée and dessert course based on the season and the chef's current cravings.
5. Bobo's Drive In: Prepare for a good meal from beginning to end at Bobo's. Diners love the burgers and onion rings, but their apple pie really seals the deal. The restaurant was even featured on an episode of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" on the Food Network Channel, so you can't go wrong!
6. The White Linen: The White Linen is a unique, fine-dining restaurant based on contemporary French and American cuisine. Chef Adam VanDonge and his wife, Kasie, have opened this restaurant to give Topekans a taste of truly unique dining in a small-town environment. Chef Adam takes locally grown, bred, and produced products and re-imagines them into a modern, unique treat with the familiar structures and textures known to be a staple of the Kansas plains, America's homeland.
7. The Wheel Barrel: Have you ever had a grilled cheese sandwich that was more than just some cheese on some bread? At The Wheel Barrel, you will not only find grilled cheese with unique ingredients, you will also find a bar made of pennies, craft cocktails, and beer from around the state! Dine inside or out, and enjoy live music each season on the back patio.
8. Tuptim Thai: Try something new at this fantastic stop. Order any dish to your spice-level: mild, medium, hot or Thai hot! We recommend the Money Bags as an appetizer - a fried wonton filled with cream cheese, crab flake and garlic flavor seasoning.
9. PT's Coffee: Discover world-renowned coffee that earned this company Roast Magazine's 2009 Roaster of the Year designation. While sipping your latte or mocha, don't miss the ever-changing flavors of quiche, or the ham and brie sandwich grilled on crispy bread.
10. The Burger Stand at College Hill: Burger enthusiasts unite! Whether you are in search of a gourmet beef or vegetarian burger and fries, you can't go wrong. Starting in an Irish pub kitchen in 2009, and making its way to the Capital City in 2011, the restaurant allows you to enjoy a juicy burger and play ping pong, pool and arcade games afterward. We'd recommend the Kobe burger or Chicago dog. Make sure you don't forget to order a side of truffle fries!
11. Monsoon Indian Grill: With fresh flavors, your first stop in certainly won't be your last. Here you will find authentic North Indian cuisine, including grilled bread, lentils, vegetables and spiced marinated meats. To get a taste of several dishes at once, we suggest stopping by for the lunch buffet.
12. El Centenario: Located near downtown Topeka, on Kansas Avenue, El Centenario serves authentic and delicious food made fresh daily. We recommend the Mexican tacos - anything you order, you can't go wrong.
13. The Pennant: This downtown Topeka favorite is known for its killer burgers, scrumptious salads, mouth-watering milkshakes and more. The Pennant is also the place for a great time. Grab your quarters and head upstairs to over 50 vintage arcade games. Take an electronic trip down memory lane with Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position and the crowd favorite, Skee-Ball. Or, hang out in the beer garden overlooking Kansas Avenue and the coming soon Cyrus Hotel. Maybe bowling is your jam, so head downstairs and jump on one of our four bowling alleys. You'll come for the food and stay to play!