Thursday, October 11, 2012
Manuel’s Bread Cafe, a French-style restaurant at Crystal Lake Drive and Railroad Avenue, opened its doors in 2009 as the first restaurant in Hammond’s Ferry.
The chef and owner is Manuel Verney-Carron, a native of east-central France with experience in restaurants ranging from Lake Placid, N.Y., to the Florida Keys. His North Augusta shop offers “eight to 10 specials based on the freshest, highest-quality products our local vendors have,” as noted in promotional material.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details are at www.manuelsbreadcafe.com and 380-1323.
Liana Babayan: “It’s a really good representation of French food.”
Jack Butler, 6: “The chicken tenders and the fries.”
Kim Butler: “They have wonderful specials. I usually get one of the seafood specials. I also love the soup. Everything is fresh and wonderful.”
Kim Mace: “My favorite is that there is a special every night, so you don’t always have to get the same thing.”
Raegan Mace, 12: “Shrimp gnocchi.”
Chris Perdue: “I think the Sunday brunch is awesome ... and I like the chicken piccata.”
Audrey Rountree: “The salmon cake. I love it ... and their fries are delicious, too.”
Ken Smith: “The roasted red-pepper hummus. It’s wonderful.”
David Towles: “Their beef burgundy is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten there, and I’ve probably eaten it there 30 times.”
Jean Wright: “I like all the ambience, because when you eat outside, it’s like you’re in Paris. The building right across the street, where the Newsomes live, is in the style of the places you see in Paris. My very favorite thing is the Blue Clay Farm salad.”