Even though Hanukkah 2012 is just a memory now, you can still celebrate the season. You can be brave an attend the Matzoh Bash on Christmas Eve or you can savor the kosher goodies . We did the latter and boy were we treated like queens.
Because of personal reasons, I have taken an interest in Jewish culture. One of the biggest parts is the food. The Jewish community loves to cook and eat. Manny has been a south loop tradition for for 60 years. It has fed celebrities, sports figures and even presidents! Most recently President Obama dined at this establishment. We were also told that food extraordinaire, Billy Dec frequents Manny’s as well.
When you enter the restaurant, you are welcomed by the wonderful aromas of kosher goodness. It gives the appearance of of an NYC eatery with its cafeteria feel. I will say this Manny’s serves a very diverse crowd. They all come for the food and there’s plenty of it.
Since we just missed Hanukkah, we started off with some latkes or potato pancakes. Manny’s prides themselves on these tasty little morsels so much that you can get one with any dish for about a dollar. We got to try little snack size pancakes that were perfectly paired with sour cream and applesauce.They were so delicious they were even better then the ones we’ve had at temple, that’s saying a lot!
Manny’s knows a lot about meat, and and we saw it. They pile their sandwiches high. We sampled some of the meats. The beef brisket was so sweet and tender. The corned beef and pastrami weren’t too salty, tender and quite tasty. I even ate the liver and onions, as a child my mother had to disguise it with Italian bread crumbs. This wasn’t so bad. Our host Nat informed us gefilte fish was served on Fridays. We might have to venture back especially if the potato salad was as god as Jen said it was.
There were so many desserts to choose from, so we had Nat do it. I think he made a good choice with the baked apple slice. This is why God made apples! It topped off the meal with its sweet taste.
Manny’s is a Chicago tradition, they cater bar and bat mitzvahs, shivas and many other celebrations. They also deliver. They are located at 1141 S. Jefferson St. Tempt your kosher taste buds!