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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“The Pennant is one of Topeka’s newest restaurants! It sits downtown and has a bowling alley and more than 25 arcade and pinball machines to entertain you while you wait for your food. They have a rotating beer selection and absolutely ridiculous desserts. (Picture cotton candy poking out of an ice cream cone sitting on top of a shake… Obviously the good kind of ridiculous.) Stop by and see how their locally-sourced ingredients make their food such high quality! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
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  • 6 locals recommend
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“The Wheel Barrel is a local joint serving specialty grilled cheeses and beer. Try their housemade potato chips and beer queso, and spring for a dessert grilled cheese! (Brie and Nutella belong together.) Ask about their specialty sauces, and head over for Sunday brunch!”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Tuptim Thai is one of my favorites in Topeka for a nice quiet evening out. I love their Red Curry and Ralph enjoys their Pad Thai.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“French food which we hear is surprisingly good. Prices are high for Topeka - $20-30 for entrees. If you try it, let us know how it is.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“Greg Fox learned the restaurant business in Topeka, New York City and Nashville. After returning to his native Topeka, Fox opened RowHouse Restaurant in 2007, where the menu is ever changing. Set over three floors and the outdoor courtyard of a historic house, RowHouse Restaurant is intimate, elegant and cool. It’s the perfect location for parties of two to 12; each dining room is inviting and unique. A recent menu featured featured an appetiser of chilled strawberry soup with orange and pepper whipped cream, followed by an entrée of honey balsamic glazed beef with summer vegetable succotash and sweet tea cream pie for dessert. See the website for a list of Greg’s own favourite restaurants”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“A famil oriented establishment that has been providing Topeka with the best quality steaks, hand cut fries, and homemade gravy since the late 1930's. Although we are known for our steaks, our menu also features chicken, fish, and salads. We pride ourselves on providing not only great food but personal service you don't get anywhere else. After just a few visits you will know us, and we will know you! Come often, come hungry, leave full and happy! Don't forget that North Star is also known for having the best discount in Topeka: A FREE meal on your birthday up to $14.99 with id. Must be the day of your birthday. If birthday falls on Sunday and Monday, it will be honored on Tues”
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
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“Blue Moose is an American Bar & Grill featuring excellent salads, steaks, and desserts. We recommend their chipotle braised short ribs, red miso glazed salmon, and pork belly cuban. Add a mule, martini, or torte for dessert! Open from lunch until late. They also have a great Sunday brunch buffet from 10-2!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Great menu, including some non-meat burgers. Close to Washburn University so draws a college crowd.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Mouth-watering BBQ and down-home cooking. Vast knowledge of beer and brewing science are at the heart of Iron Rail Brewing's focus”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“We specialize in gourmet, made-to-order sandwiches featuring Bakery Fresh Breads. Like the art of classical music composers our sandwiches have a composition of flavors sure to delight your taste buds. Enjoy our Classic “European Style” coffee and espresso drinks. Our Fresh Roasted beans are available in bulk or ground-to-order for your enjoyment at home.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Pie heaven just might be in Topeka, Kansas, at Bradley's Corner Cafe, where there are never fewer than 20 crimp-crusted beauties on offer at a time: pies of perfectly caramelized summer peaches, bracingly sour apple-cranberry, countless riffs on classic pecan. My favorite, available year-round, is the peanut butter-chocolate pie: Beneath a cloud of meringue lie layers of creamy peanut butter mousse and semisweet chocolate pudding—so thick I marvel that the servers manage to slice it. Must have their breakfast also!”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Local legend. Since 1973, Taco Villa has offered made-to-order Mexican foods in a casual, family atmosphere. The friendly staff recognizes many of its regulars not only by their faces and names, but also by their orders.”
  • 1 local recommends
New American Restaurant
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“Closed Mondays. Excellent service and fine food offerings in a historical building downtown.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Specks is famous for serving burgers up to 3 pounds in size, on their own homemade buns. They also have such treats as mountain oysters and house made fries, chips and onion rings.”
  • 1 local recommends
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great Margarita's and you can walk across a gorgeous campus to get there!!!!”
  • 3 locals recommend