Bradley’s keeps’em comin back

Tricia Peterson / Washburn Review

If you are searching for the best breakfast in Topeka, you can stop looking now. In the heart of the North Topeka Arts District, Bradley’s Corner Café is the best spot for home cooked anything-and-everything.

From any kind of omelets, to breakfast sandwiches, to corned beef hash, Bradley’s knows how to do it right. I have been going there for more than three years and have yet to have a bad experience or anything less than superb.

The service staff is friendly, quick and also part of the family that owns the restaurant, which adds to why I love it even more – it’s local. Every time I go there, it’s packed and seating is limited, but it’s worth the wait, and usually you don’t have to wait too long. The walls are painted in bright yellow and faux brick, with various southwestern styled decorations, cactuses and cute vintage signs. The booths and tables are worn from much use, because like I said, it’s always packed – they add to that home-style café atmosphere they have going on.

The food is the best part. It’s exactly what you would expect of a small café in Topeka. I don’t come to a café to be surprised by the food, and since they do it right, it’s exactly what I want on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

My first favorite was the chicken fried steak, and it was actually the first thing I ever ate at Bradley’s. It was the best chicken fried steak I had ever had, hands down – and still is today. The sausage gravy is homemade and the meat is breaded and fried fresh. It comes with hash browns, two eggs and choice of toast, pancakes or biscuits. The toast is toast, the pancakes are fluffy and the biscuits are where it’s at. The biscuits and gravy are an excellent choice because the biscuits are homemade and that can’t be beat.

My new favorite is the special omelet, but minus the peppers and onions. It has sausage, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, green and red bell peppers, onions and American and Swiss cheese melted on top. This monster comes served with hash browns and your choice of toast, pancakes or a biscuit and you will be lucky to fit it all in your belly in one sitting. The omelet is always cooked just right, with crispy-not-burnt hash browns, and I switch it up every time with the bread choice.

Bradley’s is located at 844 N. Kansas Ave, and worth checking out.

They also serve lunch every day and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, if breakfast is not your style.