We have regular customers of over 50 years, and employees that have worked here for over a decade, with some as long as 30+ years! At Manning's, we believe that customer & employee loyalty is our GREATEST asset!
2200 Como Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am to 2:00am
Sunday: 9:00am to 2:00am
Breakfast served all day, every day!
Daily and Happy Hour specials.
Gift Cards available.
Manning's Restaurant is located on the corner of Como and 22nd Av SE,
1 mile west of Hwy 280 on Como, between the UofM Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
Ralph Manning bought the grocery store at 22nd and Como and moved his family of eight to Minneapolis in 1927 after their fishing resort in Quebec was destroyed by fire. He housed his family in the apartment upstairs, and they delivered groceries by horse cart.There was a barn for the horse and ice storage and the store even had a fountain. On June 2, 1932 Manning's Cafe opened, after Ralph turned the grocery store into a tavern serving beer and hamburgers.
Around 1949 Ralph’s son, Ed, left Schafer’s Grocery in Dinkytown and took over for his father. In 1958 Manning’s added a full kitchen to the building, allowing the menu to be expanded to include fried chicken and steak. Before then kitchen had been just a grill and refrigerator behind the bar. In 1977, the kitchen was expanded again, quadrupling the size of the old one! Ed's son, Larry now runs Manning's.
For years Manning’s has been famous for great popcorn. Ed charged a penny a bowl, saying he would charge that penny until the machine was paid for... that was 4 popcorn machines ago! Manning’s pops about five tons of popcorn per year. It is rumored that many college students have lived on free popcorn and beer at Manning’s over the years.
In the early years Manning’s served only 3.2 beer. Strong beer and wine was added in 1987 and in 2005 a full liquor bar was added to compliment their famous draft beer...
And yes, the beer lines are still cleaned every night!
Larry and Manning's Cafe were recently the subject of a Feature Article in
Foodservice News Magazine. Check out the Story Here.
SideDish by Joy Summers
Lord of the Rings
We often hear the metaphor about "peeling an onion" to describe the surprising layers of depth of something that can seem to be one way on the surface but inside is something more than first appeared. When I hear that metaphor, I can't be the only one whose next thought is, "Man, I could go form some onion rings."
An onion can be fried in so many different ways. There's the bloom, the little teeny crispies, the fat breadcrumbs, or the puffy and beer-battered. But one kind of fried onion you can only experience at Manning's Cafe, near the UofM.
Manning's has been in the same spot since 1932, when Ralph Manning turned the grocery store on the corner of 22nd and Como into a restaurant serving hamburgers and beer. Manning had come to the area in 1927 after his resort was allegedly burned down by the employees because of a pay dispute. He moved his large family into a one-bedroom apartment above a grocery store. The story goes that Manning began bootlegging and used those illicit funds to but the store.
In 1949 the restaurant added a full kitchen. Manning's has remained in the family, eventually passing to Ralph's grandson Larry, who now runs the restaurant with his sons.
It's an icon of the neighborhood, a gathering spot for those who live nearby as well as students and Packer fans. The room feels almost untouched by time. The beer lines are cleaned every night, and the beer is still sold in a proper schooner (or half schooner.)
Though Manning's now has a full liquor license, it is the beer that pairs best with the onion rings. Fat slices of onion are battered by hand in a mixture like a Pronto Pup batter. The batter holds just a tiny bit of sweetness, which makes the ring seem like an unholy but thoroughly delicious matrimony of doughnut and fried onion. The result is an onion ring for the ages -- a full meal of fried goodness coming in at $8.50 for a full order of $6.50 for a half. U of M students may come for the free popcorn, but the minute they have a little change in their pockets, it's time to upgrade to these unique onion rings. The flavor haunts the food memory for years to come, inspiring pilgrimages back to the old neighborhood for a taste of sweet nostalgia at a family-owned restaurant that has stood the test of time.
Article appeared in City Pages Magazine, Volume 32 #1666 (Nov 7 thru 13)
A perfect place to start your dining experience -
Onion Rings $7.95
Chicken Drummies $9.25
Mac & Cheese Bites $7.95
Buffalo Wings $9.25
Nachos Supreme $9.95
Cheese Quesadillas $7.95
Chicken Quesadillas $9.95
Cajun or Fajita-style
Taco Beef Quesadilla $9.95
Mini Corn Dogs $7.95
Shrimp Platter $8.50
Cheese Curds $8.50
Chicken Fingers $9.25
Garlic Cheese Bread $8.25
Made fresh daily just for you -
Soup of the Day
Cup $3.95 Bowl $4.95
Soup & Salad $7.95
Soup & Half Sandwich $8.50
Soup & Sandwich
A cup of our house-made soup paired with choice of any full sandwich listed below. $9.95
Sub Chili for Soup $1.25
Turkey, Beef, Ham, Corned Beef, BLT, Grilled Cheese, Tuna or Chicken Salad
Manning's Homemade Chili
Meaty chili made with our secret ingredients & spices. A three generation family recipe served slightly spicy with a dinner roll.
Cup $4.95 Bowl $5.95
Served with the choice of Breadstick or Toast
Dressings: French, Bleu Cheese, Thousand Island, Italian, Ranch, Honey Mustard, Fat-Free French or Ranch
Mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, croutons & cheese $5.50
Tossed salad with ham, turkey, cheese, tomatoes & sliced hard-boiled egg $9.95
Served in a tortilla shell filled with lettuce, seasoned taco meat, tomatoes & cheddar cheese with a side of salsa & sour cream $10.50
Chicken Breast Salad
Choice of crispy chicken breast strips or grilled chicken on a bed of lettuce with peppers, tomatoes & cheddar cheese $10.50
Our Special Sauce served with Salad & Grilled French Bread or Breadstick
Spaghetti topped with our red sauce $9.95
Spaghetti & Meatball
Spaghetti topped with our delicious red sauce & two meatballs $10.95
Italian Sausage Spaghetti
Spaghetti topped with our red sauce & seasoned Italian sausage $11.50
Served with French Fries, Toast & Cole Slaw or Salad
& Red, Rosé & White Wines!
Mannings Sandwiches are sure to please the appetite!
On a hoagie with provolone cheese, French fries, salad or coleslaw $10.50
Open-Face Hot Hamburger
With gravy, mushrooms, hash browns, salad & toast $10.95
Philly Beef & Cheese
Roast beef, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, green pepper & onions with French fries & salad or coleslaw $10.95
Roast Beef Dip
Served with au jus & French fries, salad or coleslaw $9.50
Flat Iron Steak Sandwich
Ten ounces of steak on a Hoagie with au jus & French fries $11.50
Add mushrooms, onions and green peppers for 95¢
Tender corned beef, Swiss cheese & sauerkraut with French fries $10.95
Tuna salad with tomatoes & cheese served on grilled whole wheat bread with French fries $10.95
Our signature sandwich! Served with French fries & apple sauce or coleslaw $10.95
Ham & Turkey Delight
On grilled hoagie with Swiss & American, onions & green pepper with French fries $10.50
Served with French fries or salad $9.50
8 ounce patty with lettuce, tomato, French fries or salad $9.95
Turkey with tomatoes, bacon & cheese on grilled bread with French fries $10.95
Deluxe Chicken Breast
On toasted bun, topped with Swiss cheese & bacon, served with French fries & salad or coleslaw $10.95
Hawaiian Chicken Breast
Topped with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and Swiss cheese served with French fries & salad or coleslaw $10.95
Buffalo Chicken Breast
Grilled, then dipped in our buffalo sauce, topped with pepper-jack cheese & served with bleu cheese dressing, French fries & salad or coleslaw $10.95
Plain or tossed in our buffalo sauce, served with French fries, toast, salad or coleslaw $10.95
Served with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Salad or Coleslaw
Our turkey is roasted in-house which makes it the best! $10.50
USDA Angus Choice Beef $10.50
Enjoy either one of our delicious hot sandwiches at half the size! $8.50
Our burgers are Fresh Half-Pound Ground Beef, Hand-Pattied & Cooked to Order! Served with Chips, Pickles & Choice or Raw or Fried Onions.
Upgrade to French Fries for $1
Great by itself $6.95 Add choice of cheese $1.
American, Cheddar, Swiss or Pepper Jack
Topped with lettuce, tomato & mayo $7.50 Add choice of cheese $1.
American, Cheddar, Swiss or Pepper Jack
Topped with choice of cheese & thick-cut bacon $8.95
Our delicious burger with double cheese & fried onions served on grilled pumpernickel $8.50
Mushroom & Swiss
Mushrooms piled on with Swiss cheese $8.95
For the healthy appetite... 12 full ounces of burger heaven! $9.25
Add Triple Cheese for $1.25
12 oz. burger with triple cheese & bacon! $11.50
Mexican Patty Melt
Spice up our melt by adding house-made chili, chopped onions & nacho chips ... Ole! $9.95
12 oz. of ground beef topped with BBQ sauce & grilled onions, served with French fries & cole slaw $11.95
Served with Soup or Tossed Salad, Choice of Potato & Breadstick or Toast
Fresh, never frozen one-half chicken prepared perfectly for your enjoyment $12.95 Quarter-Chicken $11.50
Flat Iron Steak
Ten ounces of tender & juicy grilled beef $13.95
Liver & Onions
Ten ounces of tender beef liver with bacon & onions $12.95
Choice of hand-breaded & golden-fried or pan-fried with special seasonings $15.95
Hand-breaded & golden-fried or pan-fried $15.95
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Slow-cooked until tender $17.95 Half Rack $12.95
Grilled Pork Chop
Eight ounces grilled to perfection $10.95
Served with Chips or French Fries or Salad or Coleslaw
Topped with Cheese $8.25
6-8 ounces, breaded & deep-fried $11.50
Grilled Chicken Breast
Topped with lettuce, tomato & mayo $9.50
Grilled Ham & Cheese
A classic perfected at Mannings! $8.95
Turkey Sandwich $9.50
Grilled Cheese $6.95
Chicken Salad $8.25
Tuna Salad $8.50
Classic BLT $7.50 Add a fried egg for 75¢
Served with French Fries or Chips
Choose from any of the following for $10.50
Turkey & Bacon Club
Corned Beef & Swiss
Ham & Cheese
Cheeseburger & Bacon
Chicken Salad & Bacon
Perfect for those late night cravings!
Sausage & Pepperoni
Six Pack Pizza
Just a few options to wet your whistle
$2.95 Large $3.95
Regular, Orange or Mint $2.35
Regular Brew or Decaf $2.35
Tomato or Orange $2.95
Breakfast Tortilla Wrap
Three scrambled eggs, spicy Italian sausage, pepper jack cheese, green peppers, onions & mushrooms $9.25 Add Hash Browns for $1
Hash browns covered with salsa, cheddar cheese, two poached eggs, ham & toast $9.25
Corned Beef Hash
Two eggs, hash browns, toast or cakes $8.95
Steak & Eggs
Hash browns, toast or cakes $11.95
English muffin topped with two eggs, Canadian bacon or sausage with hollandaise sauce & hash browns $9.25
French Toast Combo
Two slices of French toast, two eggs, three bacon strips or three sausage links or ham $8.95
One egg, two slices of toast, two strips of bacon or two sausage links & orange juice $7.25
Jumbo Croissant Special
One egg & cheese with choice of bacon, sausage or ham $7.25
Add hash browns for $1
Two Eggs with Toast or Cakes $6.25
Add choice of bacon, sausage or ham for $2
Add hash browns for $1
Mannings BIG Breakfast
Three eggs, two sausage links, two strips of bacon & hash browns with choice of toast or cakes $9.95
French Toast $6.50 Three Cakes $6.25 Two Cakes $5.50
French Toast with choice of Sausage, Bacon or Ham $8.25
Three Cakes with choice of Sausage, Bacon or Ham $7.95
Two Cakes with choice of Sausage, Bacon or Ham $7.25
Served with Toast & Choice of Grilled Potatoes or Hash Browns
Spice up your Omelet by Adding Jalapeños, Green Peppers or Salsa $1
Ham & Cheese $9.25
Bacon or Sausage $8.95
Bacon & Cheese $9.25
Italian Sausage & Cheese $9.25
Bacon or Sausage $3.50
Italian Sausage $3.50
Hash Browns $3.50
Jumbo Blueberry Muffin $2.25
Toast or English Muffin $2.25
Hot Cereal & Toast $6.25
One Egg $1.75