BEST STEAK HOUSE Minneapolis 2007 - Manny's
Readers' Choice: Manny's
Visitors to this venerable dining institution are greeted by a painting of a bull displaying a rather heavy appendage of masculinity. And in a way, that's fitting for what is, year-in, year-out, the best steak house in town. "We're a New York-style steak house," offers one of Manny's GMs, Steve Kohrer. "We're kind of edgy, masculine, and in your face." Apparently. There's a double cut of prime rib that would be mistaken for a roast in any police lineup, for $39.95. The legendary double porterhouse might actually be a value at $87.95, and the hordes of regulars clearly feel they get their money's worth in the $125 Australian lobster tail. Manny's may be known worldwide—it was named one of the top five steak houses in the country by the Zagat Guide—but we're most impressed by its following of loyal locals, despite Minnesota diners' notorious thriftiness. So what's the secret? "We're not the fanciest place in town, but people will come in and open their wallets," Kohrer concludes. "We call it that Manny's mystique. People can come in here and act differently and that translates to our whole dining experience."