Manuel's menu includes Big Stan's Brunswick Stew and the Loaded Dogzilla, but its nachos, according to Thrillist, "come out blazing hot, nestled under an avalanche of homemade jalapeno cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, crunchy shredded romaine, green onions, jalapenos, sour cream, and your choice of BBQ pulled pork, chicken, chili, or black beans (hint: you want the pulled pork)."
» Manuel's Tavern: a timeline
Maloof bought Harry’s Delicatessen on Highland Avenue in 1956 for $11,000 and turned it into Manuel’s Tavern, with a bar that was saved from a fire at the Tip Top as its centerpiece. The location — a block outside of then-“dry” DeKalb County and the only place to get a drink near Emory University and Agnes Scott College — quickly made it a hangout for students, journalists, politicians and even police officers.
In 1992, then-nominee Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, joined former President Jimmy Carter at Manuel’s the night before buidling a Habitat for Humanity House. And in 2015, President Barack Obama ate at the Poncey Highland tavern.
No word on whether any of them had the nachos.
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