Topeka, the capital city of Kansas, is nestled in the heart of the heartland, and the heart of the heart of the heartland is Downtown Topeka (Try saying that five times fast.) It is known as a hub of commerce, art and entertainment and history. But take it from a local, Downtown Topeka is where you go when want to let the good times roll. And the good times are never complete without good food and drink.

So, whether you’re headed to get a signature craft brew from Iron Rail Brewing or bowling a strike while enjoying a signature burger at The Pennant, Downtown Topeka is your destination for easy living.

The Brews

Downtown Topeka lays claim to two stellar breweries and one innovative tap room.

Norsemen Brewing Company is a staple of the NOTO dining scene. Locals and visitors alike come far and wide to try their signature craft creations, such as Odin’s One EyePA, Raiding the Highlands Scottish Ale and Shield Maiden Wheat with Rye. The Nordic named brewery also offers a variety of seasonal hardy, full bodied beers – perfect for your inner Norseman.

Get a taste of Topeka’s rich railroad heritage at Iron Rail Brewing. This brewery and restaurant delivers a foodie and craft beer experience like no other. Great for lunch, dinner or just drinks, the Iron Rail will wow you with its unique homestyle menu, including their killer barbeque, as well as their incomparable brews which include Engine Forty-Nine Saison, Great Overland Station Kolsch and Three Sunken Engines IPA.

And then there is Brew Bank.

Not to be confused with a brewery, Brew Bank is a tap room – a bona fide Kansas beer buffet.  Offering over 20 self-serving taps (containing exclusively Kansas brewed beer, thank you very much!) and a simple, but unique, menu, Brew Bank is a dining experience that should not be missed!

The Noms

Downtown Topeka has a bevy of delectable options for a variety of palates and food aversions, from vegan to gluten free to Keto.

Let’s start with the fine dining scene. When you’re dressed to impress and looking for a top-notch meal, look no further than these three elegant eateries. RowHouse Restaurant offers an eclectic selection of American and international contemporary cuisine – ever fresh, and always evolving. For a French contemporary influence with exotic (and extravagant!) ingredients, try The White Linen. Located inside the Cyrus Hotel, The Weather Room is a modern steakhouse, with an elegant yet down-to-earth touch.

Are you looking for an all-American meal at a price you can’t beat? The Pennant puts a new spin on the classics, try one of their signature burger creations (both meat and veggie options available), a scrumptious salad or one of their mouth-watering (whole-lotta-extra) milkshakes. The Pennant is also the place for a great time. Check out their vintage arcade or grab a lane and bowl a strike at one of their four bowling alleys. Questing for the best grilled cheese in Kansas? Look no further than The Wheel Barrel. This is your gourmet grilled cheese paradise that offers Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, complete with an amazing brunch menu and more.

Those on the hunt for a healthy alternative should definitely check out The Tipsy Carrot. This place is for the juicers, the protein bowl fanatics and the sorbet and custard junkies. The Tipsy Carrot also serves unique healthy clean treats like protein bites, cookies and more. This is also your place for local made kombucha. As is the eatery’s mantra: “Love yourself. Be yourself. Treat yourself.”

And we’ve only just scratched the surface.