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Tastes of Topeka: Where to Eat in Top City

Treat yourself to Topeka's best barbecue, baked goods and more.

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So Much More Than Spuds

Potatoes may have inspired the name for Kansas’ capital city, but Topeka’s food offerings go far beyond spuds. With a major expressway running straight through the city, Topeka has long served as a hub for hungry travelers to fuel up on caffeine and comfort foods. Beloved Topeka fixtures serving burgers, barbecue and baked goods still beckon, but the city’s dining scene continues to burgeon, with fine-dining restaurants and artisanal food shops among the recent additions. Here are some stellar stops to include in any food tour of the Top City.

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Pizza: La Rocca's Pizza

Pizza lovers, don’t sleep on the pies at La Rocca’s. Located on South Topeka Boulevard in the southern part of the city, this spot has been serving pizza since 2010. Sure, you can also order sandwiches, calzones, and pasta dishes, but pizza is what they do best (the garlic rolls are pretty great, too). Go all in with the Deluxe, which is loaded with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. Come hungry... 'cause if you buy two pizzas, you get 40 percent off the second one.

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Dessert: Shana Cake

Satisfy your sweet tooth without settling for unnecessary additives at this charming spot billed as an allergy-friendly bakery. Located in Downtown Topeka, Shana Cake offers baked goods made with special diets in mind. Nothing on the menu contains artificial flavors, artificial colors, gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, corn, nuts, treenuts, GMOs, casein or preservatives. An array of desserts and breads are available, but the cupcakes are a definite standout. Stuffed with fresh fruit filling and festooned with buttercream frosting, they’re proof that simplicity can indeed be sweet.

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Sandwiches: Café Holliday

A hidden gem in Topeka, Café Holliday has managed to remain fairly under the radar, even though it has been around for 22 years. Located across the street from the historic Holliday Park, this quaint restaurant serves sandwiches, soups, salads, and Mexican entrees. Each sandwich is named after a well-known author: Chaucer, Steinbeck, Shakespeare, etc. Opt for the Hemingway and you’ll get a heap of roast beef, along with cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickle, mayo and spicy mustard.

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