Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What to Get at Manny's?

I'm asking for a little help here. Lunch today is going to be at Manny's, the venerable Southwest Boulevard institution. I need to regain my strength after last night's Missouri Plan Marathon.

The only problem is that I've never really enjoyed a meal at Manny's. I've always walked out of there stuffed, but feeling like the food had come from a Johnson County mall food court. I haven't had anything that approaches what I would get at any of my personal Mexican Food Fantastic Four - Pancho's on Main, Rudy's Tenampa Taqueria, La Fonda El Taquito, and Midtown Burritos and More.

Any suggestions, Manny's fans?

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21 Comments:

Blogger Average Jane said...

I had the same problem with Manny's until I figured out what to order (hint: nothing with beef in it). The Monterey Burrito with Chicken is good if you don't mind a dish swimming in melted Velveeta sauce. The Tacos Sin Carne are also tasty. Really, if you stick to chicken, you're probably okay.

12/18/2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger Stephen Bough said...

I agree with Jane, order the Monterey Burrito - it has a white cheese sauce. I usually get it with beef, though.

12/18/2007 8:56 AM  
Blogger KC Sponge said...

The beef fajitas are actually pretty good - if they're not over-cooked. Ask for them medium if they will do it, use the lime they give you, and the meat is seasoned really well.

And yeah - the queso is quite good in a crunch. =)

12/18/2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

I agree with the sponge about the queso at least if you're talking about the dip.

If you're in the mood for crunchy: The chicken flautas are the best in the city and my personal fave.

I'll second the Montery burrito. Probably the best choice.

12/18/2007 9:09 AM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

OK, I know this probably isn't "authentic", but I don't care. I'm not trying to impress Tony with my messican cred.

I like the chicken chimichanga. But that's what I get everywhere.

12/18/2007 9:11 AM  
Blogger KC Sponge said...

Yep, the queso dip.

The flautas dipped in the queso dip is the way I would go - to maximize fat intake, for sure!! =)

(mmmmm, need manny's now . . . )

12/18/2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

I've never had a good meal at Manny's and never understood why it's so popular.

I suggest going right up the street on Broadway to Los Tules - the asada tacos, vegetarian/spinach enchiladas and chile rellenos are fantastic.

12/18/2007 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mainstream, I'm with you on manny's, like all of Southwest boulevard "Mexican " I've ate, they drown every thing in cheap cheese.

If you want real Mexican food go over to Independence avenue and try out the little mom and pop taquerias. There is a mexican resturant on almost every block. I haven't found a bad one yet and you won't find anything drowning in cheese over there.

12/18/2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I have the same experience. The food just doesn't live up to the reputation. I remember after the fire a few years ago they made a big deal about they should be congratulated for rebuilding and not moving to the suburbs. But this is one that I wouldn't have missed.

We finally quit going two years ago, after they gave us food poisoning on the eve an overseas flight.

12/18/2007 12:26 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Anon at 11:57, thanks for bringing attention to the small places on Independence Ave. Same is true of KCK....

12/18/2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

Speaking of the Independence Ave. taquerias, I drive by them every day and have been tempted try one. Which places would you (whoever knows) recommend and what should I order?

12/18/2007 2:28 PM  
Anonymous arewethereyet said...

Soo.. Dan, did you finally find the Manny holy grail? I think you may have been disappointed again. It is a convenient place, but oh so watered down.

12/18/2007 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given your association with Funkhouser, I thought the thread was titled "What to get at Mammy's?"

12/18/2007 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carne Asada. Two of the restaurants you enjoy are terrbile.

12/18/2007 10:57 PM  
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12/19/2007 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Guadalajara Cafe said...

This is not a slam on Manny's.

If you are looking for real average tex-mex food, Manny's is right down there with several.

If you have a craving for tex-mex and the place in Brookside (can't recall its name) isn't an option, Manny's is OK.

I certainly would never take anyone I was trying to impress their and I would raise an eyebrow if someone wanted to take me there, even if they were paying.

Manny's is not in the top 20 Mexican Restaurants in Kansas City, in terms of food.

12/19/2007 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

Manny's has never impressed me, but compared to what I grew up calling Mexican food its pretty good.

XO, try the Taqueria in the old Shoney's at Independence and White. My favorite fajitas in town ($6 and more than I can eat at lunch no matter how fat I was).

But I followed our host's link about Pancho's. There is one at 40 and 7 in Blue Springs, and I haven't had Taco Bell, Bueno Taco, or El Maguey since it opened. Fiesta burrito is just like the tacos. Texas burrito is steak and taters. And the super nachos is steak and everything else they can throw on. Even the chicken chimi (solo or on a platter) is good.

I cry when my buddy claims "On the Border" is the height of Mexican Cuisine...

12/19/2007 3:36 PM  
Anonymous ryan said...

XO: Try Taqueria Michoacan. It's on the avenue right around Benton. Or drop by any of the various taco trucks, most of them are actually pretty good.

The "Mexican food" on the westside is, by and large, a joke. If you want some seriously amazing stuff, go to El Camino Real in KCK, 7th and Armstrong. Wow.

12/19/2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Go try Ixtapa on NW Barry Road, across from Zona Rosa. It's worth the trip from Brookside.

12/20/2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

I stopped eating at Manny's when the manager yelled at me for wanting to pay for takeout orders separately at lunch. Food wasn't great, and I don't patronize places where I'm treated rudely.

12/24/2007 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just tried Manny's for the first time WOW it was great!!!I couldn't believe it, they offer area company's a discount at lunch..The owner was there and actually sat us and then thanked us on the way out.Classy move..I will be back..

7/10/2008 5:51 PM  

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