December 9

Mmm Mmm manna

A new Levantine market and café from mama group is now open in SLU.

The folks behind mama group’s mamnoon street, anar, and mbar are expanding their footprint in South Lake Union with a new fast casual concept called manna at 446 Terry Avenue North.

Man walking in front of a small grocery shop called manna.

According to executive chef Nicco Muratore, manna is offering three programs throughout the day – breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. For breakfast, diners can expect Levantine-inspired pastries, coffee drinks, and grab-and-go options. Chef Nicco says the harra and feta biscuit, tahini scone, tahini-chocolate chip cookies, baklawa-inspired latte, and syrian iced tea are some unique favorites so far.

Tray of baklava being sliced into squares.

At lunch, the menu moves to pressed sandwiches on house made Arabic bread and a variety of customizable bowls and salads. Watch for items like pressed lamb shawarma wraps, the manna falafel burger on an olive oil brioche bun, balila (chickpea stew with customizable toppings), and fatteh (layers of pita chips and garlic yogurt with sumac and herbs).

After work, don’t miss the happy hour from 4pm on when the menu veers to shareable, snackable territory with beer and wine on offer. At this time of day, you’ll find a selection of manoushe (Lebanese-style flatbreads with seasonal toppings), lamb kibbeh with preserved lemon labneh, plus manna’s take on the classic mezze – think hummus with mushroom awarma, baba ganoush with pickled ramp torshi, and labneh with roasted delicata squash, confit garlic, and herbs.

In addition to the daily offerings, manna intends to host a number of special events to help prep for its dinner service, which will begin in early 2023. Its first popup dinner will be on Saturday, December 17. The dinner will be a 10-course tasting menu for $75, plus an optional $25 wine pairing. Click here to reserve your seat.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Reva Keller.

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