You Wanna Manna?
Type: American, Eclectic
Price: $15-20 per person, not including alcohol
Vibe: Cozy and romantic
Quick Tip: Great for a romantic dinner but brunch questionable.
So where to go on your first date night back in the Hub City with the kids safely with Gran? This was actually one of the first questions in the genesis of lubbockintheloop.com.
Some online searching brought up the name Manna Bread and Wine. Located in Cactus Alley in the shadow of the old Brownfield Highway, Manna sits like a diamond in the rough waiting to be found.
Just walking up on a Friday night, the overgrown vines, twinkling lights, and cozy surroundings boded well for a romantic evening. The sign on front door notifying us that TABC permitting issues meant no wine gave me slight hesitation (what is a mom’s date night with no wine!) but thankfully we proceeded.
Friendly hostess, check. Nice table, check. Simple yet unusual menu, check double check.
The appetizer and rosemary bread were excellent. I did the Nearly Naked Fettuccine and hubby did the meatloaf, both of which were subtle and very delicious.
The waiter was attentive and helpful without being arrogant or in your face too much. The price was what you’d expect for a date night restaurant.
I enjoyed it so much that we visited again for Mother’s Day brunch. It was like a tale of two cities, the food while ambitious was subpar and the wait staff seemed stressed and overwhelmed. Urban Spoon reviews seemed to mirror these inconsistencies.
The atmosphere for Friday night date night was so great though I’d give Manna another try for dinner, but it’s off my list for brunch. Nevertheless, all the interesting shops in Cactus Alley have piqued my interest for future posts…