Bobo's Drive In, Topeka
Bobo's showing car port in back. Photo courtesy Robert Marsh.
Inside Bobo Drive In. Photo courtesy Jennifer Haugh.
A friendly place! Photo courtesy Adrianne Meyer
Customers at Bobo's getting ready to dig in to something tasty. Photo courtesy Adrianne Meyer.
2300 S.W. 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604
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Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bobo's Drive In is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine because it's a 1953 throw-back diner with car hop service and has die-hard fans of the hamburgers, homemade onion rings and apple pie.
In 1953 Bob Bobo opened this diner at 10th and Gage and used recipes of his mom and aunt. Several owners later, Richard and Tricia Marsh continue to use the recipes and keep the loyalists very happy.
The hamburgers are famous for the fresh but thin patties with salt, crisp edges, a slab of melting cheese, lettuce, and tomato. People love the hand-dipped onion rings and the homemade apple pie with a just-thick-enough crust and the smoothest, sweet cinnamon-covered tender apples. Add a dollop of the Satin-Freeze ice cream for a heavenly taste! Of course the shakes are popular, too!
Inside is a horseshoe counter and stools with a few booths filling out the room. It's a snug little place and the waitresses are definitely the center of attention.
If you don't want to go inside you just park your car in a stall, flash your lights, and the car hop comes out to take your order. They return with a tray to hang over your window and then you flash your lights when you're done!
Drooling yet? Try Bobo's.
Photos courtesy Jennifer Haugh