Speck's Bar & Grill 

 2105 Mission Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66614
(785) 272-9749

 Monday - Saturday: 11AM - 2AM
(open at noon on Sundays)

Grill Hours 
Monday - Saturday: 11AM - 10PM
Sunday: Noon - 9PM

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Speck's Bar and Grill - Topeka, Kansas
Speck's Bar and Grill - formerly the Seabrook Tavern

Specks Bar and Grill in Topeka, Kansas began as the Seabrook Tavern in 1957. The Seabrook Tavern was sold a few years ago, but the food stayed good. Unfortunately the Seabrook Tavern closed in the spring of 2010.

But Carl Maichel and his wife Debbie (daughter of the original owners - Franklin "Speck" Benge and Lou Benge) have returned and reopened the Tavern as Specks Bar & Grill. The menu is much the same, though already slightly out of date and a new menu is due soon. For example, they no longer have the homemade cookies shown in the menu.

Specks is famous for serving burgers up to 3 pounds in size, on their own homemade buns. They also have such treats as mountain oysters and house made fries, chips and onion rings. 

We recently sampled the house burger (which includes Swiss cheese, American cheese and shaved ham), potato chips, onion rings, mountain oysters and the fresh ground pork tender sandwich. The only disappointment was the chips, which didn't seem different from those from a bag.

The biggest hits were the burger, pork tender (not "pork tenderloin") and mountain oysters. Although I believe they were not made from scratch, the mountain oysters were more tender than they are many places and went well with the cocktail sauce. 

My favorite items from previous visits include the homemade fries and Specks Bomber Hot Dog - a grilled all beef hot dog on a
bun, smothered in Swiss cheese, jalapeno peppers, sauerkraut and onions. It is available with a quarter pound dog for $5.49. They used to offer a half pound option, but it had been removed when we last dined at Specks.

A three pound Speck Burger comes with a family sized order of onion rings, fries or chips (or some combination of the three) for $28.99. Or $29.99 with cheese. Yes, that could be a challenge burger, but most people order it as a bargain way to serve an entire family.

The nicest change to Speck's, came when Kansas went smoke free. The building is pretty small and smoking was an issue in the old tavern. They have added a huge patio where smokers may enjoy the food and drinks. There is nothing fancy about this place.

Speck's Bar and Grill also offers free wifi. Service at the tables is often done by the bar tender. Although you may not have the kind of service you would have from a dedicated server, they really do work at doing their best. When you are ready to leave, just walk up to the cash register and they will close out your bill.

Specks Bar and Grill dining room
Locals cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and playing Keno on a Sunday afternoon.

In addition to supporting the Washburn University sports teams, Speck's Bar & Grill is the official home of Topeka Rugby

House burger at Speck's Bar & Grill
Half pound "house burger" on 6 inch bun ($7.49) and onion rings ($4.99) - The house burger comes with Swiss and American
cheese & shaved ham and is garnished with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles
(Also available in quarter pound and one pound sizes)

Bomber Hot Dog - Speck's Bar & Grill
Quarter pound Bomber Hot Dog ($5.49) with fries ($1.25 add on)

Lou Bird's Pork Tender at Speck's Bar and Grill
Lou Bird's Pork Tender ($4.99) and fresh homemade potato chips ($1.25 with any sandwich order)
This is a fresh ground pork tender sandwich breaded with Speck's special blend of herbs and spices. It
is served on a 6 inch homemade bun and garnished with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions & a touch of mayo. 

Mountain oysters at Speck's Bar & Grill in Topeka. Kansas
Half order of mountain oysters ($5.99) with cocktail sauce

Speck's Bar and Grill Menu - Topeka, Kansas
Speck's Bar & Grill Menu from August, 2017

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