If you’re looking for vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food, here’s a short list of Topeka’s hot spots. There are lots! We've even been named a Vegetarian-friendly city by PETA.
Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro
Located in central Topeka, the Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro has excellent coffee and food options for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The vegan granola bars and cookie options always are delicious. A variety of soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps are served. Several are vegetarian and easily made vegan. Blackbird also offers small-batch beers, wine and cocktails.
4025 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604 – 785-271-8188
Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
This must-visit location is in the North Topeka Arts District. Need a burrito, try the Big V, with barbecue-smothered tofu with fixings of your choosing plus a side of house-made chips and gourmet salsas. Get any burrito as a bowl as well.
822 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608 - 785-304-9600
Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
This downtown favorite offers several vegetarian and gluten-free options with a few that can be made vegan as well.
110 SE 8th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603 - 785-228-2001
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
There are several vegetarian options and both the Falafel and Black Bean burgers patties are vegan (order without the bun. It’s got egg.) This favorite college hangout knows the drill on the bunless burgers for gluten-free folks, too.
1601 SW Lane St, Topeka, KS 66604 - 785-783-8900
Monday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Pizza Pub, at College Hill and Westridge Mall
This local pizza sensation offers vegan crust and cheese alternative and gluten-free crust options. Everyone creates their own personal pie here. Also, enjoy a full bar.
1418 SW Lane St 66604 or 1801 SW Wanamaker Rd 66604
11 a.m. to 3 a.m., delivery available.
Serving up quality Italian food at it’s finest, Paisano’s offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes including Ravioli Florentine, Primavera and Vegetable Lasagna. The Shrimp Risotto is gluten-free and a must-have.
4043 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-273-0100
Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The diverse and Kansas-inspired menu changes each week at The Rowhouse. Fresh ingredients and creativity make this place a must visit in Topeka. Reservations are highly encouraged as the restaurant space is intimate and seating is limited. Gluten-free foods can be done with an advanced notification of what a customer desires. Watch for information about the annual Vegan Fest weekend as well.
515 SW Van Buren, Topeka, KS 66603, 785-253-1700
Wednesday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – last table seated at 8:30 p.m.
There are several vegetarian dishes that can be easily made vegan.
5005 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614 - 785-273-3090
Wednesday through Monday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
This is the place for amazing Thai food, great service and good prices in Topeka. The large menu includes countless tofu and veggies options in steaming-hot soups, curries and noodles dishes. And since TupTim Thai lets you decide how spicy your meal will be, there’s something for everyone!
220 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66611 – 785-266-2299
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Enjoy the fresh flavors of authentic North Indian Cuisine including grilled bread, lentils, vegetables and spiced marinated meats. To get a taste of several dishes at once stop by for the lunch buffet.
2040 SW Wanamaker Rd #104, Topeka, KS 66604 - 785-783-7776
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5 – 8 p.m.
Monsoon.Express offers a fast-casual approach to enjoying the fresh flavors of authentic North Indian Cuisine, with a rotating menu.
1414 SW 16th St, Topeka, KS 66604 - 785-215-8808
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Wheel Barrel
Specializing in gourmet grilled cheese and craft beer, half the menu at The Wheel Barrel would appeal to the lacto-ovo vegetarian. They also offer gluten-free bread from Shana Cakes. A staff favorite is The Tree Hugger, which is made with smoked gouda, mozzarella, sauteed portabella mushrooms, greens and sundried tomato aioli on multigrain bread.
925 N Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608, 785-289-6767
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10a.m. – 3p.m.
In addition to Blackbird’s vegan baked goods (listed above)
Shana Cake is a local bakery, located in downtown Topeka, featuring gluten-free and allergy-friendly breads & treats.
435 S Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603 - 785-408-1272
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The orange and pineapple options are dairy-free.
1570 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66604 – 785-783-7398
Sunday through Friday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
2841 SE Croco Rd, Topeka, KS 66605 - 785-861-7420
Sunday through Friday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 12 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions
The dark chocolate drops are vegan! They also offer single origin bars which are vegan as well. These bars are produced in a separate kitchen, so they are free of several common allergens.
724 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603 – 785-215-8883
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Chains with choices:
This “create your own” Mongolian grill is great for herbivores and gluten-free patrons alike. Best part: it’s all-you-can-eat. They also have vegetarian-friendly spring rolls for an appetizer.
5900 SW Huntoon St #E, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-271-8190
Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Rice bowls can be made vegan/vegetarian and they don't mind scraping the grill.
2121 SW. Wannamaker Rd. Topeka, KS 66614 785.246.6222
Sunday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Known for their burgers and their “YUM!” commercials, Red Robin offers an assortment of gluten-free products ranging from salads to burgers to their Ensenada Chicken Platter. They also offer numerous salads and meatless burger choices and bottomless french fries for vegetarians and vegans.
6230 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66606, 785-271-5400
Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Offering a variety of burgers and specialty breakfast items, Hardee’s also offers lettuce wrapped burgers that are gluten-free.
2424 SW 6th Ave, Topeka KS, 66606 785-235-5772
2100 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS, 66604 785-273-7062
2300 NW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66618, 785-235-2554
Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.
According to Gluten Free Registry, the following restaurants also serve up gluten-free options:
Buffalo Wild Wings
1227 SW Wanamaker Rd
1801 SW Wanamaker Rd, inside West Ridge Mall
1625 Wanamaker Rd.
Chili’s Grill and Bar
2021 SW Wanamaker Rd
Chipotle (Also has vegan and vegetarian options)
2040 SW Wanamaker Rd
5300 W 17th
Jason’s Deli (Also has vegan and vegetarian options)
6121 SW 12th Suite 400
1915 SW Wanamaker Rd
Olive Garden (Also has vegan and vegetarian options)
1925 SW Wanamaker Rd
On the Border
1235 SW Wanamaker Rd
Qdoba (Also has vegan and vegetarian options)
1025 SW Wanamaker Rd
Do you have a favorite spot for your special diets that we didn't include? Are there other diet restrictions you keep in mind when deciding where to eat? Leave us a comment