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Florida Guide > Dining

Manny’s Chop House

Next time you are in Florida, you really must visit Manny’s Chop House, we had promised ourselves that we would visit almost every time we went, but last July, we managed it.

Some 17 or so miles from the 192 on highway 27 towards Haines City and Lake Wales and on the right, be prepared to wait because the place is always heaving with people waiting to dine, it will be worthwhile.

Take a drink to one of the outdoor seats; the external tannoy system will alert you when they call your table and be prepared for a twenty to twenty five minute wait, or call in advance to cut down the wait time. Used by all the locals, including the Police who have a station next door, the quality is guaranteed.

My oldest son could never be a vegetarian, he would kill for a good steak, and at Manny’s, they are all good, cooked to perfection and falling from the bone if you choose a cut that has a bone.

But first, a huge bowl of salad with all the ingredients, lettuce, carrots, egg, cheese, tomato, cucumber, green peppers, and smothered with the most delicious ranch dressing that I have ever tasted, which you can buy by the way for $5 per bottle, well worth stocking up on. The waiter will either mix the salad up and serve you a huge dollop, or as we like it, leave it unmixed and serve yourself.

What would you like, a gigantic 24oz porterhouse, a friend of ours had one of these and liked it so much he was sucking the bones for half an hour, a seven or nine oz fillet surrounded by bacon or just plain, delicious, and those garlic mashed potatoes, my mouth is watering as I’m describing it. The steaks are huge, thick, a real mans steak, tender, melt in your mouth steaks, a real treat, but if you have had your fill of steaks, try their ribs. I once saw a man of around 5 foot in height try to eat a full rack at Manny’s that was almost as big as him so my advice is go for a half rack first time and work your way up to the full rack. Served in barbeque sauce they are delicious.

Order a sweet if you dare, they are truly American sized but most people simply have no room left.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone as a must when in Florida.

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