2017 Best of Topeka: More Food & Drink winners

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Best Asian Restaurant

 

Kiku Steak House of Japan

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For more than 20 years, Kiku has been the place to see authentic Japanese food being cooked on a hibachi right before your eyes. A variety of steak, chicken and shrimp dishes inhabit the menu, and a sea of flavorful sushi delicacies are primed to fill your belly. Top off the meal with green-tea ice cream or coconut koori.

First runner-up: Tuptim Thai Restaurant

Second runner-up: HuHot Mongolian Grill

Best Coffee/Tea Shop

Classic Bean

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The European-style coffee and espresso drinks and composer-named sandwiches are the bedrock on which The Bean has stacked appetizers, wraps, salads, pastas, desserts and specialty drinks, including the cranberry-lime-flavored Cosmotini and banana liquor-infused Monkey Tail. Other pluses: spoken-word and musical performances and local art on the walls.

First runner-up: PT’s at College Hill

Second runner-up: Blackbird Espresso Bar & Bistro

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Best Romantic Restaurant

RowHouse Restaurant

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Make your reservations early for the palate-pleasing five-course meals prepared with four dynamics in mind: seasonal trends, available produce, culinary trends and what sounds appetizing to the chef. Recently on the ever-changing menu were Strawberry Basil Gazpacho with Queso Fresco, seared mahi-mahi and White Chocolate Chip Scones with Nectarines.

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

First runner-up: Three Fires Steakhouse at Prairie Band Casino & Resort

Second runner-up: Blue Moose Bar & Grill

Best Romantic Restaurant

First runner-up: Three Fires Steakhouse at Prairie Band Casino & Resort

Second runner-up: Paisano’s Ristorante

Best Happy Hour

Sonic Drive-In

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What tops a Sonic cherry limeade cooled by those little ice pellets? A chili cheese coney? A boat of crispy tater tots? Founded in the 1950s, the fast-food chain now dots the nation, with several locations in Topeka. Download the Sonic app to pay for your meal, redeem rewards or track down locations, and sign up for text messages alerting you to its special offers.

First runner-up: Blue Moose Bar & Grill

Second runner-up: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt

G’s Frozen Custard & Yogurt

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The cold, creamy treats scooped into cones or cups at G’s swoon the tastebuds while preserving some of the city’s favorite flavors — crunchy Brown Bread; Ruby Red, red velvet cake and buttercream frosting in vanilla custard; and Red, White and Blue, strawberries and blueberries in vanilla custard. The yogurt and custard are made fresh daily at this quarter-century-old business.

First runner-up: Sheridan’s Frozen Custard

Second runner-up: Baskin-Robbins

Best Italian Restaurant

Paisano’s Ristorante

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The rustic, robust flavors of Italy have crossed the ocean and landed on the plates of diners at this perennial “Best of“ winner. You can create your own pasta dish or order from the lengthy menu of chicken, sausage, seafood or beef tenderloin favorites. Check out the daily wine and cocktail specials, too.

First runner-up: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Second runner-up: AJ’s NY Pizzeria

Best Pizza

Glory Days Pizza

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The locally owned pizza shop makes every crispy-crusted pie baked in its ovens from scratch: freshly made dough; layers of spicy signature sauce; diced and sliced veggies; quality meat toppings; grated mozzarella and provolone. Oh, the glory! Sandwiches, salads, wings and desserts also court diners.

First runner-up: AJ’s NY Pizzeria

Second runner-up: College Hill Pizza Pub

Best Place for Breakfast

Hanover Pancake House

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You’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed once you see the bountiful breakfast menu at Hanover: omelettes, French toast, waffles, biscuits and gravy, combo plates and, of course, stacks of pancakes. The newest pleaser? Pancake wraps. Lunch menu with sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken-fried meats also available.

First runner-up: Longhouse Buffet at Prairie Band Casino & Resort

Second runner-up: Banjo’s Cafe

Best Sports Bar

The Lazy Toad Bar & Grill

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More than 40 televisions, a 10-foot projection screen, dartboards, pool tables and other games keep the family-owned Toad hopping. Between games, order one of the chef’s specials — Big Boy Burrito, Pastrami Burger, beer-battered or blackened cod — and wash it down with one of the bar’s domestic or Mexican beers, ales, cider or barley wine. Live bands and DJs entertain.

First runner-up: Buffalo Wild Wings

Second runner-up: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

Best Steak

Texas Roadhouse

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The steaks are sizzling on the grill at the Texas Roadhouse. Ribeyes, T-bones, New York strips, medallions, kabobs, prime rib, sirloin and, yes, the infamous Road Kill — mouth watering yet? Appetizers and entrees come in Lonestar State-sized portions, and the margaritas and fruit-juice cocktails quench dry throats.

First runner-up: LongHorn Steakhouse

Second runner-up: Three Fires Steakhouse at Prairie Band Casino & Resort

 

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