Sunday, December 29, 2013

What Is A Fine Dining Restaurant?

Fine dining is a term that is bantered around and sometimes can be as vague as the word quality. What is quality to one may be average to another. The same with fine dining. To some a fine dining restaurant may be any restaurant that offers table service. To those who enjoy upscale dining, they know it is a restaurant that has a well-known chef, superb service, distinctive wine selection, expert sommelier and food that is a culinary delight.

Some fine dining restaurants specialize in a particular ethnic cuisine like French, Greek or Italian whereas one that wants to appeal to a larger customer base may have the chef prepare entrees that borrow from one or more areas and combine the flavors with more popular regional offerings. There can be fine dining restaurants that serve only prime steaks in the red meat selections and offer the same fresh fish dishes found in a seafood restaurant. It is all about selection and preparation.

An upscale restaurant that serves prime steaks may offer a customer a special cut that it grilled to perfection. In addition they may have chef specialties that use prime beef as the main ingredient. Chateaubriand comes to mind. It is not new by any means and has been a holiday staple in upscale dining for years. The main ingredient is a generous portion of filet mignon for two and each chef makes his own mark on this dish with different wines and seasonings.

The same can be said for a fine dining restaurant that serves fresh fish that would be the only staple in a seafood restaurant. If a diner does not like seafood, he or she can order beef or fowl in the upscale restaurant. But if the customer does enjoy fresh bounty from the ocean, he may order a whole main lobster that has been selected fresh from a tank. However, the chef may have other dishes on the menu that contain lobster like thermidor or a soup like lobster bisque.

Many people like to enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner but are embarrassed to order anything because they are not sure what type of wine goes well with the diners that have been ordered. This is where an on-site professional sommelier is invaluable. He never demeans the customer in any way. He makes educated "suggestions" on particular wines and the best vintages. Generally he will ask the party of they enjoy a dry or sweet wine or if they have any preferences.

If the food is excellent and the wine is good, bad service can ruin the best of meals. Good upscale restaurants will have a highly trained wait staff that is efficient not only is taking orders and ensuring they are correct, but also maintaining a clean table, refreshing beverages and being on hand for any special requests.

Gorman's Restaurant is an upscale, yet affordable restaurant in New Braunfels, TX. Award winning Executive Chef, Brent Gorman, is renowned for his creative menu development and extensive culinary knowledge and cooking of international and regional gourmet cuisine. New Braunfels Seafood Restaurant, New Braunfels Prime Steakhouse
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mankas Steakhouse's Banquet Offerings

 
 
Mankas Steakhouse is a historic site which has been beautifully restored for memorable events:
  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Non-Profit Organizations
Private Gardens:
  • 25 - 150 People
Off-Site Venues:

Vezer Estates - Surrounded by rolling hills, one of the most stunning views in the valley.
  • 25 - 200 People

Blue Victorian - Step back 100 years in this elegantly restored Victorian home and barn, now Winery with Spectacular Barrel Room and Outdoor Tented area.
  • 25 - 200 People
 
For more information, please visit http://mankassteakhouse.com/

Monday, December 23, 2013

Domaine Carneros - Happy Holidays! (2013)



Founding Winemaker/CEO Eileen Crane, Pinot Noir Winemaker TJ Evans and the entire Domaine Carneros team wish you a magical holiday season and an amazing new year!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fine Dining - Food, Service, and Atmosphere

The term "fine dining" usually associates with an upscale restaurant that features crisp table linens and waiters in sharp black suits. And it is probably not too far from the reality. Fine dining is about food, service and atmosphere. Why do people choose upscale restaurants? There are many reasons. Some prefer the food choices. Others look for a special atmosphere. Fine restaurants offer the best at prices that are usually quite higher than at any casual restaurant.

The food at upscale restaurants always impresses with its creativity and uniqueness. The menu choices are often limited but change on a daily or weekly basis. This allows the chef to express himself in a variety of courses and present the best and the finest of dishes. Also, by rotating the menu items the restaurant always serves only the freshest ingredients. Wine and liquor are always the best and pricey. One will not find cheap wine or beer there. But the choices of wine will impress even an oenophile. At fine restaurants dishes are paired up with special wines to compliment it.

Another feature that differs fine restaurants is the customer service. It is always several steps above any casual restaurant. Waiters are exceptionally trained, very polite and seem to know the wishes and desires of their patrons before being asked. Clients are courteously escorted to their table and to the restroom. The chair is held for the woman. They discretely brush off the crumbs off the table between the courses without inconveniencing the patrons. Table napkins are promptly replaced if a patron leaves the table. Explaining the menu items and make recommendations when asked. Waiters are trained to pay attention to details, no matter how insignificant they may appear.

The atmosphere is another feature that makes fine dining so different. From table linens to silverware and fine china it all says "upscale". Colors and decor are always well picked and blend in nicely. Tables have fresh flowers as centerpieces. The music softly playing in the background is relaxing. One will not hear any rock or pop music there. Usually it's classical or light jazz, depending on the theme of the restaurant. The lighting is subtle and cozy. A fireplace adds to the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

Fine dining restaurants are often booked months in advance. When patrons are well taken care of they will return and don't mind paying extra for the comfortable atmosphere, the excellent food and the exceptional service.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's Ladies Night Tonight at Mankas Steakhouse!

  
Grab the girls and join Mankas Steakhouse every Tuesday for Ladies Night! Enjoy great food and drink specials along with LIVE music from the Beer Brothers!!
  
For more information please visit our website at http://mankassteakhouse.com/
  
See you there!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Screw Caps



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly explains the benefits of wine screw caps.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What Makes a Real Fine Dining Experience?

A fine dining experience is not just about top quality food. Going to a restaurant is about the experience, the atmosphere, attention to detail by wait staff, enjoyable conversation and sharing a meal with others. Having the best chef means a lot less if you have dirty glasses or inattentive service. Creating a perfect fine dining experience can be difficult as it means a lot more than just good food.

When you are out at a restaurant, there are a lot of thing that a server can do that will make or break your night out. From the moment they walk over the waiter should be able to read the table's 'mood'. Figuring out if a party of diners is a talkative bunch or looking for a more intimate service is crucial to making the table feel comfortable and to prevent the inevitable complaining as soon as the server turns their back. There is nothing worse when enjoying a conversation than the waiter interrupting and launching straight into introductions and the specials on the menu. A server who can pick up a table's vibe already has the advantage in making a great night.

Attention to detail is important. At a fine dining restaurant, you might not even notice how good the service is until after you have finished. Small things the servers do, like taking your plates away as soon as you have finished with them, discretely replacing cutlery between courses and wine glasses being consistently refilled. They aren't the things that you actively think about, but a good restaurant will know that your experience can be hampered by dirty plates cluttering a table and waiting with growing impatience for drinks.

A restaurant is meant to be a social experience, so encouraging conversation and making it easy for people to converse is crucial. The atmosphere of a room is incredibly important. Tables situated too close together with a lot of noise can make it difficult for a group to hear one another. This coupled with an intrusive server can interrupt the natural flow of conversation which becomes more and more noticeable throughout an evening.

With the right atmosphere and attentive staff, the food at a restaurant becomes the focus. Small, detailed portions with a wealth of interesting flavours will leave patrons wanting more.

There is nothing quite like a great night restaurant; the content feeling that lasts all evening and the experience shared with those who joined you; a perfect night of conversation in the best atmosphere over a great meal. A fine dining experience will stay with you a long time after the evening is over, and, if it is done right, you will want to repeat the night as soon as possible.

If you are looking for luxury boutique accommodation in Blenheim, New Zealand, book a stay at Hotel d'Urville located in the heart of Marlborough's central business district and experience fine dining while you are there: www.durville.com
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Meet Mankas Steakhouse's Chef Peter

 
He has worked in some of San Francisco and Napa's greatest culinary icons such as Gary Dankos, Dean & Deluca's, The Brix in Yountville and NV in Downtown Napa.
 
Chef Peter has taken his Eastern European roots, combined with the wine country traditions of his home town, Napa, and has fused them together to explode off of the Mankas Steakhouse Menu. Chef Peter is all about locally grown produce and flavor infusions of the Suisun Valley, mixed with a true Californian carnivore's deepest desires.
 
Fore more information about Mankas Steakhouse, please visit http://mankassteakhouse.com/

Monday, December 2, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Riesling



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Riesling with Elizabeth Shepard.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Ordering Wine On A First Date



AskMen presents Rachel Kerswell, Sommelier. Learn the essentials to ordering wine on your first date.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Factors That Make A Memorable Fine Dining Restaurant

Many people know what it is like to go to a fine dining restaurant and find that despite almost everything being perfect, the experience is let down by one small factor such as poor service or a noisy atmosphere.

When choosing a fine dining restaurant, there are four main factors you should consider. Each contributes to a memorable fine dining experience - service, food and wine, ambiance and location. If your chosen fine dining restaurant gets the combination correct, you'll have a memorable experience and one that you will want to repeat!

Food and wine

This is number one because of course, you go to a restaurant to eat and drink! There are many factors that contribute to the quality of the food and wine. First up is quite simply, the taste of the food. This will depend on the chef and can be hard to judge - word of mouth or ratings from critics are often a good place to check. The other factor is selection; having a broad selection in the menu and room for changes such as specific dietary needs and requirements will mean that everyone at you table can find something to their liking. And don't forget the wine or drink selection - it is important that a fine dining menu includes a range of drinks to complement the meals.

Ambiance

Even some of the best restaurants can be tainted by poor lighting, noisy rooms or a poor choice of music. It is a fine balance - not too dark, not too bright, not too noisy to talk, but not too uncomfortably quiet! Everyone has their own preferences depending on the occasion, so the best way to check can be by visiting the restaurant to book in person, and by selecting your table to ensure that you are in a place you will be comfortable.

Location

Not every great restaurant needs a great view, but it can certainly help. The location can depend on the occasion - you may want a romantic beachside or rural escape, or you may be looking for a bustling, lively inner-city restaurant. Choose a restaurant that has a location suited to your tastes and you will have a more comfortable and enjoyable dining experience.

Service

Some diners like to have attentive, high-standard service with the likes of a Sommelier, while others prefer to be left in privacy. However, having your water topped up, empty plates taken away and orders taken without too long a wait (and without being rushed) is an important factor in any restaurant. Waiters, bartenders and maitre d' awards run annually - so if you are looking for superior service, do your research online to find a restaurant known for their high standards.

Next time you're searching for a fine dining restaurant for a special occasion, make sure you investigate these four factors and you will be sure to have the best experience possible!

Looking for fine dining in Blenheim? Why not book a stay at Hotel d'Urville located in the heart of Marlborough's central business district.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Chardonnay



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Chardonnay with Elizabeth Shepard.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Items Added to Mankas Steakhouse's Dinner Menu!

Take a look at the entrees from our dinner menu, including some exciting new items:
 
Filet Mignon - 10oz
with Potato Gratin, Hickory Smoked Baby Carrots & Red Wine Demi
 
Grilled Dry Rubbed Rib Eye - 16oz
with White Cheddar Creamed Kale & Roasted Accordion Potato
 
Veal Osso Buco
with Risotto alla Milanese & Gremolata
 
Hickory Smoked Dry-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
with Apple Slaw, Celery Root Puree & our House Made Vezer Cabernet BBQ Sauce
 
Pan Seared Pork Chop
with Delicata Squash & Roasted Quince
 
Grilled Whole Baby Chicken
with Brussels Sprout Leaves, Roasted Parsnips & Cranberry Salsa
 
Petrale Sole
with Rosti Potato, Fennel Confit, Pumpkin Seeds & Rhubarb Sauce
 
Sautéed Scallops
with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Baby Turnips, Chanterelle Mushrooms & Parsley Nage
 
Penne Pasta
with Pancetta, Wild Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Fontina Cheese Sauce & Sage
 
 

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
 
Monday thru Thursday 
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
 Sunday 
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Ladies Night 
Every Tuesday

2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

707.425.3207
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

DOMAINE CARNEROS Who We Are



Winemakers Eileen Crane and TJ Evans share their passion for making truly great Sparkling Wine and Pinot Noir. Please enjoy "Who We Are".

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What Makes a Fine Dining Experience So Special

When the phrase "fine dining" is used, sometimes it's a little hard to picture something specific. Sure we can all imagine a nice restaurant with good food, but if somebody asked you to describe fine dining to them, what would you say?

A Step Above the Rest

A fine dining restaurant aims to provide high quality food, first class service and a beautiful atmosphere blended together in attempt to create the perfect experience for the diner. For the higher price, you aren't just paying for the meal - you're paying to enjoy everything from your arrival till the end of the evening.

In every area of presentation, preparation and service, careful detail is paid to ensure that you have an unforgettable night. For a special occasion or anniversary, a meal at a top quality restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy the company of friends, family or a loved one.

Service

The first thing that you should notice upon arrival is the service. After being escorted to your table and seated, you may have up to two wait staff responsible for ensuring your contentedness. Your waiter/waitress will be able to answer any and all questions that you have about the food or wines, make recommendations if asked and serve you professionally, quickly and politely without being intrusive to your experience during the night.

Food

Obviously the main focus of the evening is the food. Portions are generally smaller, better presented with extreme attention to detail. Many fine dining establishments have limited menus that change more frequently - this allows fresher and better prepared food with less ingredients being stored and more focus by the chefs going into perfecting each meal. Only the most premium quality ingredients are used to create each dish. Liquor and wine is another important aspect with only the top shelf being offered. Wait staff should be able to recommend something complementary to each meal.

Atmosphere

Depending on the restaurant and style of food, the setting could be absolutely anything. Some fine dining restaurants have a strict dress code while others just require you look smart; dress code is something that you should make sure you are familiar with beforehand. Quiet music in the background is common as well as subtle lighting intended to be easy on the eyes to create a more relaxed environment for diners.

As one of the more enjoyable luxuries in life, everybody should enjoy a fine dining experience at least once. It's the perfect way to toast a new engagement, honor a friend or family member graduating or just to celebrate one of the special moments in life a little differently.

Offering the perfect place to relax after a day exploring Marlborough's many attractions, Hotel d'Urville is a small hotel with eleven large, well-appointed rooms and a signature restaurant. If you are looking for a Fine Dining Restaurant, in Marlborough, New Zealand, book a stay at Hotel d'Urville located in the heart of Marlborough's central business district: www.durville.com
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Monday, November 11, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: White Wine



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about white wine with Elizabeth Shepard.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Look Great Ordering Wines at a Fine Restaurant Or Steakhouse

So, there you are - sitting at that fine restaurant, surrounded in dark mahogany and leather, your loving significant other looking at you adoringly; and a 25lb book of wines sitting in front of you. "So, honey - what wine should we have with our dinner?" 12,238 different red wines from 892 countries broken down into 3,348 different categories, and no, you are not intimidated. Of course not, you read this article first.

And I am not kidding about the wine list. We were in a great, steak restaurant in Orlando and I was looking at a wine list - no make that a wine book, which had a list that included wines from every region of the world. I asked the sommelier where they kept all that wine. He pointed to all the booths. Underneath the seats, above alcoves, they had wines stuffed in every nook and cranny of the restaurant.

By the way, I had a beautiful boutique wine from Washington State. It was 2002 Syrah from Yakima Valley. That wine was so intense; the color was nearly black, it was deep! My first taste knocked me out of my seat. It knocked the guy seating at the table next to me out of his seat. A full minute after I drank it, the Syrah still lingered in my mouth. Unbelievable.

How did I know to pick this beauty that thoroughly impressed my loving, beautiful wife (who is reading over my shoulder right now); I asked the sommelier if he had a new listing that he just loved. So, that is the first way to navigate your way through some of the ridiculously long lists that are out there.

So, let us say that you want to impress your date. One method would be to call ahead. Ask for a recommendation for what you plan on having, and also within a price range. Armed with that knowledge, you can effortlessly order away.

If calling ahead is not an option, then consider these points:

• For starters, pay no attention to all those who say, "Drink what you want - red with red and white with white is baloney." That bit of advice is more harmful than good, in this situation.

• There is a reason behind the old recommendations. The tannins in red wine complement meat dishes by cutting through the fat and cleansing the palate. Syrah has a gamey, earthy feel to it and with its tannin make it great match for steaks.

• Think of fish dishes, they always come with a wedge of lemon; which we promptly squeeze over the fish. The acidity brightens the fish. White wines are acidic. It lacks the tannins that can overpower a light fish dish.

• Think of where the dish you are ordering came from. If you are having Italian, think Italian wines. If you are having German, think German wines. In general, think European wines as European wines have always been crafted to be had with meals. If you are having Thai, think beer.

• Think like to like. If you have a sweet dish, think sweet. If you having a sour dish, think acidity.

• And there are exceptions. A meaty, oily salmon pairs well with an acidic, lighter bodied Pinot Noir (red wine with some acidity). But do not let the exceptions throw you - think like to like.

So, as you look at the wine list, again ask but this time; ask, "Well, we plan on having the seared lamb chops and the veal porterhouse. Could you make a couple of recommendations for red wines that have a gamey feel to it that would compliment what we are having?" Or you will ask, "I think we will be having the grilled mahi-mahi with panko crust and the seared ahi tuna. Could you recommend a couple of white wines that have a nice acidity to it that can complement our dishes without overpowering it?"

I assume that your server or sommelier will be savvy enough to understand and recommend an inexpensive wine and an expensive wine so that you can choose. If not, good luck.

Okay, so the truth is you are not going to learn enough in any article to allow you to navigate a great wine list or book on your own. What you can do is learn the basics of food pairings. Like wines for like foods will always serve you well.

Beyond that, you must utilize the expertise of the person or people who put that list together. They did it with pride and will gladly share their knowledge with you. But to get the best advice, you must ask good questions. To formulate good questions, again, you must learn the basics. That is all. And you will do fine.

Do not ask, "So what red wine can I have with this?"

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's Ladies Night Tonight at Mankas Steakhouse!

  
Grab the girls and join Mankas Steakhouse every Tuesday for Ladies Night! Enjoy great food and drink specials along with LIVE music from the Beer Brothers!!
  
For more information please visit our website at http://mankassteakhouse.com/
  
See you there!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mankas Steakhouse Has Been Featured in the New York Times!

Mankas Steakhouse has been featured in the New York Times...take a look!



"Opened in 2012, the Valley's only upscale restaurant boasts white tablecloths and plenty of Suisun Valley wines. Get the "Whole Board," a $25 charcuterie-and-cheese platter featuring, among other selections, an earthy goat's milk cheese from Redwood Hill Farm in Sonoma County and La Quercia speck." Credit: Thor Swift for The New York Times

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Zinfandel



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Zindandel with Elizabeth Shepard.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Get Out to Eat For Your Anniversary

When you're married, you've made a commitment that should last the rest of your life. Every year, it's great to honor and celebrate that commitment by doing something special with your spouse. While it would be wonderful to take a trip to a tropical location or plan a weekend getaway in the city, that can be an expensive proposition. And if you've got kids, a mortgage, and a car payment, dropping a lot of cash on a getaway might not be in the cards. Instead, you can spend a night out with someone in a chef coat, getting a meal that you and your loved one will remember. Many couples decide that going out to eat is a great thing to do on their anniversary, and with good reason. The combination of intimate conversation and great food is probably one of the things that led to you getting married in the first place!

One nice thing about this sort of tradition is you can either hit one of your favorite restaurants or try one of those places you've always wanted to go. If a restaurant is a little out of your normal price range, an anniversary is a great time to give it a shot. If your night out usually includes fast food (where they probably don't wear chef coats), then simply going anywhere that you place an order at the table would be a welcome change. For many, it's fun to go somewhere a little nicer so you can pull some more formal clothes out of the closet and dress up a bit.

Simply being able to sit down and focus all your attention on your spouse is probably the best thing about an anniversary dinner. Our lives are so hectic that even when we think we're spending time together in the same room, we're still probably doing separate things. When you're out to eat, you're only getting interrupted by your waiter or maybe someone in a chef jacket asking you how you like your meal. That gives you a chance to catch up a bit and remind yourself why you feel the way you do about your spouse. If it feels a little awkward at first, don't worry! You might be a little out of practice, but an anniversary dinner will get you back in the swing of things in no time.


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Monday, October 21, 2013

How Do You Choose A Fine Dining Restaurant?

You are on the search for a fine dining restaurant that serves great selections of beef, seafood and fowl. While you prefer a prime steakhouse, your guest or date may prefer a seafood dish or maybe something more exotic like quail. Your mouth is watering for a big, bone-in ribeye so being the one in charge of deciding where to go, your decision to select a place that will accommodate everyone's palates is crucial.

A good place to begin if you do not know your way around your local culinary scene, is to check the Internet for the local Diner's Choice Awards for the past few years. You will probably receive some delicious inspiration and perhaps you might end up at the prime steakhouse you so crave.

First, make a check list of all your needs and expectations. Because this is really a special occasion, can you make a reservation? If the surprise is on the spur of the moment, can you still get seated without a reservation? Although you want a fine dining restaurant, you do not particularly want to wear a suit and tie. Does the prime steakhouse you want have a dress code? Can you wear slacks and sport shirt and fit in with the other guests?

Although during the week you are strictly a beer person, since this is a special occasion, you want to ensure that the restaurant has a fine wine list - and someone who can recommend the best wine to go with your meal. You have already chosen your cut of beef, but what if she decides to order fish or fowl? Surely you'll want to impress, but how will you know whether to select a red or white wine? Since an experienced sommelier or wine expert will be making the suggestion, you will not have to feel embarrassed at all. A good choice that meets all your expectations in a fine dining restaurant will be able to answer all of these questions for sure.

Perhaps this is not going to be an intimate dinner but an occasion for a group of friends, relatives or co-workers. Do you need a private room for 6, 12 or 30 individuals? Even though it is a group, will they feel it is still a fine dining restaurant? Will the group receive the same impeccable service that diners in the common dining room are receiving?

Since you are the person in charge of making all the arrangements, you want the evening to go off without a hitch. You expect delicious, tender beef. You expect beautiful decor and ambiance. You demand great service. You want to make this a memorable experience at a fine dining restaurant for you and your date or group. This is not asking too much at all, so search the Internet, get recommendations from locals and read the online reviews because if and when you find that perfect place, chances are you'll never seek out another prime steakhouse restaurant again.


Myron's Prime was just named winner of San Antonio Best Steakhouse for 2012. Whether it's the bone-in ribeye, the fresh Maine lobster or a fine bottle of wine that you crave, we'll make sure that your dining experience with us will be one to remember. Myron's Prime Steakhouse has two locations. locally-owned, San Antonio steakhouses.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Cabernet Sauvignon



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly talks about Cabernet Sauvignon with Elizabeth Shepard.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mankas Steakhouse Testimonial

"I came here yesterday for the very first time and have to say that I was extremely impressed. Everything from the menu to the service to the wine was fantastic and I look forward to coming back! 

My lunch consisted of the roasted caprese salad, which was absolutely delicious. I love that they use buffalo mozzarella, instead of just regular mozzarella. For my entree I had the truffle mac and cheese, which I highly reccomend if you're a fan of truffles! For dessert, my table shared the lava cake and cheese cake, both of which were superb. 

Last but not least, I have to mention how great the wine was. They even have a nice little wine tasting bar next door to the restaurant where we visited after our meal. 

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself here and hope to return soon!" 

MANKAS Steakhouse 
2522 Mankas Corner Road 
Fairfield, CA 94534 

707.425.3207 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cakebread Cellars Canopy Management



Take a look at Cakebread Cellars canopy management techniques. Some of the things we show is how we thin leaves and train the shoots to help the plants grow the best grapes for our wine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Suisun Valley AVA

The Suisun Valley AVA, is an American Viticultural Area in Solano County, California, at the southern end of the Coast Range bordering the Napa Valley region. It was established as a wine appellation of origin on December 27, 1982.

Suisun Valley lies within the southern end of the Coast Range, between the Vaca Mountains and the Mt. George Range to the west, and ends at Suisun Bay to the south while to the north it starts at the Napa County line. It is approximately 3 miles (5 km) by 8 miles (13 km). It contains about 15,000 acres (61 km2 of which approximately 2,200 acres (9 km2) are planted with grapes.

Mankas Steakhouse is an active member of the Suisun Valley AVA. We shop weekly at the local Farmer's Markets to purchase and serve the freshest, local produce to our customers in our restaurant. Much of this produce is also organically grown.

We pour wines that have been rated some of the best in the region; including a wide selection from the Vezer Family Vineyard.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Pairing Wine with Fish



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly and Elizabeth Shepard share the best wines to pair with fish.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Garden Fresh Salads Available for Dinner at Mankas Steakhouse!

Butter Lettuce Salad with Spring Herb Vinaigrette 

Mankas House Salad
Mixed Greens, Candied Walnuts, Diced Apples, Crumbled Point Reyes Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  
Wedge Salad
Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Neuskie Apple Wood Bacon & Avocado Dressing
  
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Frisse, Orange Segments, Crumbled Goat Cheese & Beet Vinaigrette
  
Add Steak, Chicken or Shrimp to any Salad for a small additional charge.


Mankas Steakhouse is now open 7 days a week! 
 
Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
 Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Ladies Night Every Tuesday
 
2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

707.425.3207

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mankas Steakhouse's Banquet Offerings

 
 
 
Mankas Steakhouse is a historic site which has been beautifully restored for memorable events:
  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Non-Profit Organizations
Private Gardens:
  • 25 - 150 People
Off-Site Venues:

Vezer Estates - Surrounded by rolling hills, one of the most stunning views in the valley.
  • 25 - 200 People

Blue Victorian - Step back 100 years in this elegantly restored Victorian home and barn, now Winery with Spectacular Barrel Room and Outdoor Tented area.
  • 25 - 200 People
 
For more information, please visit http://mankassteakhouse.com/

Friday, September 27, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: American Wine



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly shares information about American wine.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's Ladies Night Tonight at Mankas Steakhouse!

  
Grab the girls and join Mankas Steakhouse every Tuesday for Ladies Night! Enjoy great food and drink specials along with LIVE music from the Beer Brothers!!
  
For more information please visit our website at http://mankassteakhouse.com/
  
See you there!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Take a Look at some of the Items Available on Our All Day Menu!

The "Whole" Board 
All three cheeses and all three charcuteries listed above presented on a big board
 
Fried Calamari 
Hand Cut Calamari with Sliced Pepperoncini & Lemon Aioli
 
Mac & Cheese
Add White Truffle Oil 
Add Applewood Smoked Neuskie Bacon 
Add Maine Lobster 

Artichoke & Spinach Dip 
House made Artichoke & Baby Spinach Dip with Fresh Fried Tortilla Chips

Roasted Bone Marrow 
Roasted Bone Marrow with a Parsley, Lemon, Caper salad & Crostini

Spicy Garlic Shrimp & Chorizo 
Black Tiger Prawns Sauteed with Spanish Chorizo & Red Chili Flakes

Mankas Steakhouse is now open 7 days a week! 
 
Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
 Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Ladies Night Every Tuesday
 
2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

707.425.3207

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence for Mankas Steakhouse

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
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Wine Spectator’s
2013 Award of Excellence
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Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

To qualify for an award, the list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration. After meeting these basic requirements, lists are judged for one of their three awards.

Source: Wine Spectator

Thursday, September 12, 2013

60 Second Wine Expert: Avoiding a Wine Headache



America's premier wine expert, Kevin Zraly and Elizabeth Shepard explain how to avoid a headache after drinking wine.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Are You a Salad Lover? Try One of Ours From Our New Lunch Menu!

Are you craving a tasty salad for lunch? Drop in to Mankas Steakhouse and try one of the following salads from our new menu! You can also add steak, chicken, or shrimp to any salad for a small additional fee!
 
Mankas House Salad
Mixed Greens, Candied Walnuts, Diced Apples, Crumbled Point Reyes Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Wedge Salad
Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Neuskie Apple Wood Bacon & Avocado Dressing
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Frisse, Orange Segments, Crumbled Goat Cheese & Beet Vinaigrette
Ahi Tuna Nicoise
with Bluelake Beans, Tomatoes, Nicoise Olives, Frisse, Yukon Potatoes & Sauce Ravigote
Little Gem Traditional Caesar
with Sour Dough Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano & House Made Caesar Dressing
MANKAS Steakhouse
2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
 707.425.3207

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
 Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Ladies Night Every Tuesday