One of the few places in the Twin Cities serving Salvadorian food, Manana is a bit non-descript on the outside, but don’t let that fool you--there is mighty fine home-style cooking going on inside those doors. The specialty of the house is the pupusa, a thick corn tortilla stuffed with pork, cheese, or loroco (an edible flower reminiscent of squash). The pupusas are one of the biggest bargains in town, too, setting you back just $2.50. Another highlight at Manana is the spicy slaw served with your meal--vinegary , spicy, and totally divine. Manana also offers lovely entrees like crispy whole fish or falling-off-the-bone chicken served with rice and beans.
The cuisine of El Salvador is simple and lovely: corn, plantains, potatoes, carrots, seafood, meat--nothing too complicated, everything fresh and homey. This cozy spot on the East Side, filled with papier-mâché strands of fruits and vegetables and Central American flags hanging from the ceiling, makes you feel as if you are dining in mama's kitchen. The menu is thorough and thoroughly tempting, with falling-off-the-bone chicken, crispy whole fish, tender simmered beef, and... More »