Food & Drink in Topeka

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The pit masters at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co, voted as having the Best Barbecue by Kansas Best 150 and continually proclaimed as having the Best Barbecue in Topeka by the Topeka Capital-Journal, have slowly smoked succulent meats over native hardwoods and charcoal for more than 15 years. Beginning as a one-woman catering business in the owner’s home kitchen, the eatery has grown into a 50-employee operation that serves more than 150,000 meals each year in a town of just 120,000 residents and only 100 forks. Each day, the cooks prepare picnic-style sides from scratch, boiling fresh potatoes before transforming them into salads and steak fries. To lock in moisture and flavor, the meat in the owner's preferred dish—the Elizabeth’s Favorite barbecued-chicken dinner—is served with its skin on, next to a cool scoop of coleslaw. The American Royal combo, a quarter-rack of ribs and quarter-pound of shredded meat or smoked sausage, comes with corn bread slathered in fresh honey butter and the imperial authority to declare Canada a fiefdom. When not dropping into the dining room for a casual dinner, barbecue lovers can place catering orders or book banquet meals in a private room that accommodates up to 100 guests.

2833 SW 29th St
Topeka,
KS
US

The quick-serving cooks at Spangles engage appetites in a '50s-themed dining environment, having recently bolstered the menu with a saucy taste of the Far East—Wok 'n' Roll Bowls, which come in three flavors ($4.49 each). The sweet chicken teriyaki and sirloin steak spoon with stir-fried carrots and broccoli on a bed of steamed white rice, and diners longing for legumes can sink their teeth careening into the spicy kung pao chicken bowl crowned with peanuts. Keep thirsty mouths from imbibing ketchup packets by dangling a pair of 32-ounce soft drinks in front of them ($1.69 each). Ten varieties are available, such as tropical punch, green-peach tea, Pepsi, and root beer.

635 NW US Highway 24
Topeka,
KS
US

Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years––and 440 national locations––later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites—including hearty omelets and country benedicts—are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.

1720 Southwest Wanamaker Road
Topeka,
KS
US

The pancake professionals at Hanover Pancake House have been serving up an energizing menu of breakfast and lunch dishes since 1969. Like coaches prepping their star players, chefs dunk the cinnamon-roll french toast in an egg bath before grilling and serving it with four slices of crispy bacon ($6.99). Customers can tap into wells of personal creativity to design their own pancakes ($3.25–$5.99) with toppings such as strawberries, mixed berries, and bananas. The spinach, bacon, and tomato eggs benedict buttresses two poached eggs and creamy hollandaise sauce with toasted english muffins ($7.49), and an array of omelets ($5.25–$7.99) combines two country fresh eggs and toast.

1034 S Kansas Ave
Topeka,
KS
US

For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to help bring out the flavors of their butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from the prime rib peppercorn to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Other designer sandwiches bear labels such as classic club with bacon, Baja-chicken, and veggie-guacamole.

605 NW US Highway 24
Topeka,
KS
US

There are times when "perfect" barely measures up. Those are often the same times when people need cakes and candy. Whether it is a gift of cupcakes for a special client, a holiday celebration, a birthday cake, a custom cake for your corporate event, or your wedding cake, we will help you to make it just right.

3441 SW Urish Rd
Topeka,
KS
US