The modern interpretation of the term “manna” denotes divine or spiritual nourishment. If you’ve spent any time enjoying the delicious food at Manna Bread & Wine or the creative cocktails and extensive wine, beer & spirit menu of Milo’s Fine Wine & Whiskey, then I don’t have to tell you the definition of Lubbock’s Manna is spot on!
Manna was founded eight years ago by Head Chef Halen Verkamp’s aunt, Sally Good. Halen noted that Aunt Sally had a love for older structures & fell in love with the quirky Cactus Alley Courtyard location, which some patrons feel embodies a certain “Keep Austin Weird” vibe. Consequently, Halen has been with Manna since its inception and started as a dishwasher.
The restaurant passed into the hands of David & Joyce Barksdale three years ago, and today the eatery reflects the couple’s love of art & passion for great food & spirits. Two of the restaurant’s most notable features include a work by Pablo Picasso and the “Jesus” brick, which was christened by patrons who noticed it near their favorite table one day. Portraits of Joyce hang in the bar & at one end of the restaurant. While they lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, David & Joyce became friends with Kevin Vogt, Emeril Lagasse’s director of wine, & mementos of that friendship festoon the wall adjacent to the hostess station. All of the art in the bar is by artist Paul Milosevich, who is a friend to the owners, & he also is the namesake for that cozy space.
General Manager Lauren Myers & Bar Manager Mikayla Ortiz complete the leadership team responsible for the relaxed atmosphere for fine dining & a lighter tapas menu that lets Milo’s beverage concoctions take center stage. They are assisted by 14 staff members working in the front of the house & 10 manning the back of the house. Staff noted that The Mule, served in an authentic copper mug, is one of their most popular cocktails. The bar also features a generous selection of wine, beer & whiskey. Daily specials include:
Monday: Half price wine under $50 from 5-10 p.m.
Texas Tuesday: $3 off Texas wines, $2 off Texas liquors & $1 off Texas beers
Spanish Thursday: Half price Spanish wines & tapas until 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday Bubbly Hour: Half price champagne under $100 after 8 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: Tableside Mimosas & Bloody Mary Bar.
Cactus Alley Courtyard, in general, is noted for bringing in live music, but Manna also features musical guests in the restaurant. Staff did note that adult beverages are not allowed outside of their gated patio.
Halen’s daily menu features local, fresh produce, including cuts from the Texas Tech Meat Lab that give a Texas twist to American cuisine. If you prefer gluten-free or vegetarian dishes, the Manna offers a variety of selections that will delight any palate. Adventurous diners will enjoy buffalo, venison and fresh seafood, and the menu continually offers new & unique fare to keep patrons coming back.
The Woodrow House Connection
It was a pleasant surprise to discover that Halen had worked with Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast during her time in the Lubbock Independent School District Hospitality Program at Coronado High School. I’m really proud that she has gone on to build a successful career that highlights her passion for this vital industry. It benefits Lubbock when students opt to share their talent with their hometown after graduation.
Upcoming Special Events
Manna frequently hosts wine tastings and special dinners to introduce guests to new pairings. In addition, the staff creates celebratory events during major holidays, & they welcome private events to mark milestones in patrons’ lives. May events include a Mother’s Day Brunch and a wine dinner featuring Pedernales wines.
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 10th * 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Warm Cinnamon Rolls
Bacon & Brie Mac & Cheese
Jalapeno Hash Browns
Eggs Your Way
Tiramisu French Toast
Lemon Lavender Pancakes
Chicken & Waffles
Chicken Avocado Crepes
Buffalo & Red Pepper Frittata
Steak & Eggs
Pedernales Cellars Wines Dinner
May 27th * 7 p.m.
2013 Vino Blanco
Scottish Salmon Tartare on Belgian Endive
Fried Capers, Parsley, Lemon Butter
Avocado Sopa Frita
Chili-Lime Crème Fraiche
2014 Dry Rose
Braised Leg of Lamb
Roasted Shallot & Port Wine Reduction
Garlicky Baby Root Vegetables
2013 Tempranillo Reserve
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crepes
Freshly Whipped Cream
Toasted Texas Pecans
Call for Reservations
Visitors are encouraged to follow Manna Bread & Wine on Facebook, Twitter (@MannaBreadnWine) & Instagram (mannabreadandwine), as well as their website, www.mannabreadandwine.com . When you visit, make sure you let them known that Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast referred you!
Manna Bread & Wine
2610 Salem Avenue #19
Lubbock, TX 79410
11am – 10-pm
Sunday Brunch: 10am – 2pm
Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast
David & Dawn Fleming, Owners/Innkeepers
2629 19th Street
(At corner of Boston Avenue across from Texas Tech University)
Lubbock, Texas 79410
Toll Free: 800-687-5236
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