Friday, February 20, 2015

Manna from Heaven Serves Up Authentic Indian Frybread in Barrio Hollywood

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Looking for lunch today? Might I suggest the green chile frybread at Manna from Heaven. - HEATHER HOCH
  • Heather Hoch
  • Looking for lunch today? Might I suggest the green chile frybread at Manna from Heaven.

A big plastic banner outside of an empty storefront read "Indian Frybread Coming Soon" on the corner of St. Mary's Road and Grande Avenue. Well, that soon is now because Manna from Heaven is finally open and slinging up frybread, burritos, dorado tacos and more.

The small stand is clean, modest and very welcoming, with about ten seats inside and several more seats on the detached back patio. The menu lists frybread options including plain ($3), honey and powdered sugar topped ($4), green chile ($8.50), red chile ($8.50), beans ($4) and Navajo taco-style ($6) with beans, lettuce, tomato and cheese. There's also fried tacos filled with beef and green or red chile burritos, along with red and white menudo in a range of sizes, including the exciting and a little intimidating gallon size for $15.99. That's a lot of menudo.

Since the menudo was only available Friday and Saturday, I ordered a green chile frybread with beans, cheese and lettuce. As you wait in line at the small restaurant, you can peer into the kitchen via the pass through window next to the register and see the frybread being made. Although, once ordered, my frybread totaled to about $10 with the add-ons, it was clear when it came to my table that I was getting my money's worth. The frybread itself is about eight inches in circumference and piled with your chosen toppings. 

click to enlarge HEATHER HOCH
  • Heather Hoch
While the green chile was flavorful and salty, the frybread itself really stole the show. Whether you're religious, the name Manna from Heaven seems fitting to describe these little fried miracles because they're so puffy and airy, you can't help but compare them to clouds—except, you know, they're delicious. 

As far as drinks are concerned, bottles of soda are available, but that's about it. However, the only thing you really need on the side of your frybread is the house salsa, which comes deceptively hidden in ketchup bottles. Don't be fooled: it isn't ketchup at all, but rather bright, fresh and spicy salsa that adds life to the heaviness of the frybread's toppings. Okay, maybe you should bring some water if you're not a soda drinker, but you get my point. 

Manna from Heaven is now open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. at 1118 West St. Marys Road.

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