In a word: Manna ability doesn't go on the stack. It resolves (hunger) immediately.
JM ate the Wisconsin cheddar scramble with bacon and a Nantucket Nectar.
Nichole ate the French toast with fruit and a cappuccino.
The bill was $35, or $12/person, plus tip (including $11 for Johnson Brothers coffee beans).
JM gave Manna Cafe a B+; Nichole gave Manna Cafe an A (see our grading rubric).
Latest Manna Cafe news and reviewsOur day at Manna was off to a great foodie start already, since we'd stopped at the excellent Northside Farmers Market for preserves and cream. A late breakfast at the shop run by the people behind the Collins House B&B pretty much made a perfect foodie day (for Nichole, at least).
We ordered at the counter and took a number to the front dining room, which seemed a nice compromise between the possibly buggy patio and the more plush back room. While the front room is pleasant, the turnover and noise level was somewhat suggestive of a cafeteria. Or maybe we were just silly for sitting at the coveted table next to the bus tub.
Nichole's cappuccino came up fast. It was a big small (about 12 ounces), very hot and loaded with creamy whole milk. The foam was decent but dissipated pretty fast, and once it was gone the coffee was just coffee.
By almost all metrics, a breakfast of French toast made from sticky cinnamon buns, topped with macerated strawberries, with a side of chocolate maple syrup, is decadent. But this dish is worth a splurge in Nichole's book. The toast itself had a wonderful crispy outer layer around a warm, custardlike center. Perfect. Every piece of fruit was ripe. The chocolate maple syrup sounded better than it was in practice - that, or it was superfluous on such a good breakfast.
The Wisconsin scramble came topped with fresh chives and paprika and the eggs were lightly scrambled, with some bites distinctly yolky and some more albumen, which lent a pleasant variety and creaminess. JM found the bacon too crispy for a side dish but said it would have been perfect on a sandwich (cf. the Wando Dog). The bialy was pretty much a soft bagel, which is a simple way of describing a highly-contested baked good, but wherever it may be rated in authenticity we found it yummy.
While JM found Manna to be average overall, in it Nichole found a superior coffee house with evidence of a love of good food and hospitality. Though that could just be the French-toast sugar rush talking.