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Aug 26, 2011 06:48 PM

Topeka rec - tapas/small plates?

Hi there... heading your way in a couple of weeks to catch a concert at the Performing Arts Center, staying at the EconoLodge. What's the grooviest place as close as possible to the venue?

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  1. The best place would definitely be Row House... might not be quite the format you're looking for, but you would be hard-pressed to find anything like that in Topeka. The Row House is excellent food, and it's fun that you can try small versions of all the dishes on the menu. Super close to TPAC too.

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      I had already checked out the website... unfortunately we are in town on a Tuesday night, and it would appear Row House is closed. Ended up changing the hotel to the Ramada, so we are within walking distance of TPAC.

      Kansan Grill looks like the best bet if we wanted to make it a walking evening. Is there another place we should consider?

      Thanks for the input... much appreciated!

      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        I talked to my dad and he has never been to the Kansan. Unfortunately, Topeka downtown has never really been able to get it together, so he didn't really have any recommendations. Chez Yasu is very good, but is not within walking distance. I guess you will have an adventure! :-)

        Chez Yasu
        2701 SW 17th St Ste B, Topeka, KS 66604

    2. You may want to rethink downtown and/or walking. Most of the restaurants downtown are only open for lunch and regardless there is certainly nothing worthwhile or memorable down there. Those that were are long gone unfortunately. Chez Yazu is very good, probably one of the best in town. There is really nothing in the tapas category here. New City Cafe is very good. Paisanos is decent Italian. Blind Tiger North Star is a dump but it's the best steakhouse in town. Two of my other favorites have closed recently. The chains are out on Wanamaker if you're interested in them. Also, be careful if you do walk beyond the Ramada. It's not the best part of town.

      New City Cafe
      4005 SW Gage Center Dr, Topeka, KS 66604

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      1. re: craigl14

        El Mezcal is about 5 blocks further on from TPAC. It isn't tapas but it is good cheap Mexican food.

        El Mezcal
        804 Iowa St, Lawrence, KS 66044