Manuel's Tavern in Poncey-Highland (Photo by Collin Kelley)
Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland (Photo by Collin Kelley)

Poncey-Highland landmark Manuel’s Tavern has posted a letter on its Facebook page asking customers if they would be willing to pay $29 for a weekly dinner menu consisting of food grown or produced within 100 miles of Atlanta. The response by patrons has been, mostly, lukewarm.

Proprietor Brian Maloof offered this suggested menu for a Wednesday night, locally-sourced dinner: An Appalachian, grass-fed 12oz. rib-eye steak; sweet potato casserole with pecans and local hand churned organic butter; wild mushroom and asparagus risotto; cranberry and almond spinach salad with heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese.

A majority of the responses, more than 60 at this posting, thought the price was too high or that Manuel’s should stick to beer and burgers. Others have suggested adding local ingredients to the regular menu or as side items.

Manuel’s has been interested in more local and healthy dining options. There’s now a chicken coop on the roof producing eggs  and smoking was banned at Manuel’s in January.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.