Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's Ladies Night TONIGHT at Mankas Steakhouse!

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, May 26, 2018

Check, Please! Bay Area Wine Tips: All About Merlot

Check, Please! Bay Area host Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Merlot in episode 5 of Season 13.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Live Music Tomorrow Night at Mankas Steakhouse

Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

2522 Mankas Corner Rd
Suisun Valley, CA

Enjoy live musical entertainment every Thursday at Mankas Steakhouse in Suisun Valley. Music is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Order dinner and drinks and enjoy the show!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Olive Oil Tasting, Food, Music, Wine And More At Tiny Mankas Corner

Smaller then a hamlet, little Mankas Corner in unincorporated Suisun Valley has a long and colorful history—and is now a hot, happening place. It’s a curious and burgeoning epicenter of excellent wines and wineries, music, food and agritourism. Located in northern Suisun Valley, just a bit north of I-80 between the Suisun Valley Road and Abernathy Road exits, the juncture called Mankas Corner has long been a crossroads between Napa, Solano and Contra Costa counties.

A Little History

In 1855, a man named Christley Manka purchased an interest in a rough-hewn tavern and general store. It sat at what became an important crossroads for agricultural and mining operations in the general area. Most importantly “Mankas Corner” was on the Benicia to Suisun City stagecoach route between Suisun Valley in the south and Berryessa Valley to the north. Over the next forty years, Manka’s store became a popular gathering place, which integrated a bar, a community center, a blacksmith, a Masonic hall and a post office. Another stagecoach line stopped at Mankas Corner twice daily on the Benicia to Suisun City run and the return.

For many years, wheat, barley and other grains from Monticello, and what was known as Berryessa Valley in northern Napa County, supplied much of Northern California. During harvest times, huge wagon trains used the Suisun-Berryessa road, travelling through Mankas Corner and then further south to the Port of Suisun City. Before the completion of Monticello Dam in 1957 and subsequent flooding of Berryessa Valley, the town of Monticello was a fertile and abundant farming community. Sadly, today the town of Monticello lies at the bottom of Lake Berryessa.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mankas Corner was also an important waystation on the main route from the Sulphur Bank Quicksilver (mercury) Mine in Knoxville, located in northeastern Napa County, to San Francisco. Mercury extraction (though extremely hazardous to workers) was a key element in gold and silver processing while also used in the manufacturing of caps for explosives. Later on, mercury was utilized in the production of various weapons, radio electronics, heat gauges and even used in drug production and in dental fillings. In the years between 1864 and 1903, Napa County was one of California’s leading mercury producers. The Sulphur Bank Quicksilver Mine finally closed for good in 1957, although the old Knoxville Road can still be traced on the western side of Lake Curry, down Gordon Valley Road and on in to Mankas Corner.

Food & Wine

“I like the rural setting … it’s kind of out in the country but still 5 minutes from Fairfield,” said Fairfield resident Barry Ruffino. “It’s not pretentious or crowded like Napa. I like the whole atmosphere plus I enjoy the $5 Tuesday specials at Mankas Corner Steakhouse.” Ruffino, who is seemingly at every single Mankas Corner area event, told me, “There are lots of fun wineries like Wooden Valley Vineyards, Seven Artisans Winery, Back Road Wines, the Wine Cooperative and GV Cellars.”

The local Suisun Valley AVA has more than 30 wineries. Local wines are rapidly improving in both quality and quantity. The most notable grape in Suisun Valley may be Petite Syrah, but other varietals thrive in Suisun Valley including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as various blends such as Meritage.

Mankas Corner Steakhouse is the main, and frankly only fine dining spot around, but visitors will enjoy nearby Il Fiorello Olive Oil Tasting (which, for the cost of the tasting, does a wonderful small-bites pairing), or a stop at Napa Grass Farmer for some delicious grass fed artisan meats.

Ebullient local realtor Mary Reyff is considered the “mayor” of Mankas Corner. Though an appointed, ceremonial position, she is a rabid booster of the area. “This place was a stagecoach stop a hundred and fifty years ago and today everybody is family here” said Reyff. “There truly is a sense of local camaraderie in this area, and music is one source of continual enjoyment.” She is one of many who come to hear musicians join in on Tuesday night jam sessions at Mankas Corner Steakhouse. Others of note include Seven Artisans Winery, which hosts fun bands every Saturday afternoon, and Wooden Valley, offering Friday night events all summer long.

Solano County had many defunct little communities such as Collinsville, Batavia, Tremont, Denverton, Silveyville, Binghampton and Maine Prairie, but tiny Mankas Corner remains a viable stop. Come experience Mankas Corner and environs yourself—have a glass of wine, a little food and hear some fine local music in a living slice of the old west.

This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Benicia Magazine

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mankas Steakhouse's Featured Cocktails


Cozy Mule
In-house Spiced Jim Beam, Svedka, Ginger Beer, Cider, Lemon

Mankas Imperial
St. George Spiced Pear Brandy, Peachtree, Lemon, Prosecco

Pumpkin Infused Captain Morgan, Rumchata, Pumpkin Sugar Rim.

Hotel Georgia
Beefeater Gin, Lemon, Almond Orgeat, Orange Blossom

Beefeater Gin, Sauvignon Blanc, St. Germaine, Pomegranate

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita
Cucumber infused Tequila, Jalapenos, Cointreau, Lime

Absolute Raspberry, Bruleed Berries, Lemon, Prosseco

Green Tea
Jameson, Peachtree, Lemon, Lemon/Lime Soda

Monday, May 14, 2018

Crispin Cider Company

Fermented Fresh-Pressed American Ciders. Explore Our Collection of Hard Ciders!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Menu at Mankas Steakhouse - Dinner Entrees

10 oz Filet Mignon 
Mashed Potato, Baby Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Fried Shallots, Demi $55 or 6 oz Petite Filet $33

16 oz Dry Rubbed Rib Eye 
Parmesan & Rosemary Potato Stack, Asparagus $54

16 oz NY Strip 
Loaded Twice Baked Potato, Broccoli Romanesco Foie Gras Duxelle $48

Lamb Sirloin 
Red Pepper Polenta, Baby Vegetables, Lamb Jus $34

Dry Aged Pork Porterhouse 
Sweet Potato Puree, Juniper Butter, Kale, Apple Sage Jus $36

Chicken Marsala
Cauliflower Puree, Beech Mushrooms $28

Sturgeon alla Puttanesca 
Mashed Potato, Fried Capers, Kalamata Olives $32

Steamed Mussels 
Garlic, Parsley, Pernod, Crostini $36

Penne Pasta 
Pancetta, Mushroom, Onion, Sage, Fontina Cheese Sauce $24

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cabernet Grapes Ripening in 30 Seconds

When the conditions are right, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in our To Kalon vineyard go from hard green berries to ripe purple grapes in just a matter of days. This process is known as verasion, and it's when the grapes develop their full color, flavor and sugar level. It's the last step in the grape's life cycle before we harvest. This video shows five days of verasion compressed into 30 seconds during some very hot weather in late July.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

For Faster Seating, Make a Reservation Online

Reduce your wait time by making your reservation in advance online. It's easy! Just click HERE!

MANKAS Steakhouse
"Solano's Premier Fine Dining"

2522 Mankas Corner Road
Fairfield, CA 94534


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Live Entertainment Thursdays - Syria T. Berry Tomorrow Night!

Mankas Steakhouse Live Entertainment on Thursdays

May 3rd - Syria T. Berry

Enjoy a wonderful meal from the team at Mankas Steakhouse and enjoy the live music in a beautiful restaurant and venue. Make your reservations early, as seating can be limited.

2522 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield, CA 94535