* Click here for rating key
Manuel's Tavern Restaurant Review: Myriad spontaneous additions over the past 55-plus years have made Manuel's Tavern a rabbit's warren of meandering spaces, and it may be Atlanta's most notable tavern-cum-political spot. The kitchen turns out everything from sandwiches and burgers to baby-back ribs, Philly cheesesteak and chicken wings served with a house-made blue cheese dressing, and about 20 beers on tap. The pork chops and meatloaf are generously portioned and provide enough food to take home for another seating. Among the burgers is one made from American Kobe beef, and it's worth its extra few dollars. Big screen TVs draw crowds for sports events, sometimes slowing service, and election night gatherings. On occasional weekends, bluegrass musicians pluck their strings in the back room, a venue that's apt for practicing their art. In general, go for food at off hours or face a madding crowd. Smoking is allowed in the front bar, meaning that you have to be 18 to be there. But families with children are able to be seated in the dining rooms in back.