The Mann’s Doghouse has made the leap from food truck to brick and mortar. The restaurant recently opened at 1412 W. Tennessee St., and in need of a burger and fry fix, we loaded up the kiddos and trekked to the college side of town.
Burgers, Coney dogs, and hand cut fries have been staples of the Mann’s Doghouse for years. Those favorites remain on the menu along with new offerings including sandwiches (Patty Melt and Chicken Philly), wraps (tropical chicken Caesar and hamburger), and seafood (Firecracker Shrimp Basket and po’ boys).
With so many options, narrowing down our choices was not easy. After a couple of minutes we ordered what we hoped would be an all-star lunch.
We kicked off the meal with an order of Buffalo Blue Chips to share. Mann’s is a potato magician and turned the lowly spud into a work of art.Thick cut chips were nicely fried, dusted with a dry Buffalo seasoning, and served with a side of bacon blue cheese dipping sauce. The inside of the chip was fluffy and the punch of flavor from the spicy dry rub went nicely with the cool blue cheese.
Feeling that my future cardiologist needed to be considered I followed up the Buffalo Blue Chips appetizer with the Doghouse Burger.
Mann’s signature burger consists of a huge hand-shaped patty grilled to preferred temperature, then topped with fries, Coney sauce, American cheese, and smoked applewood bacon. This is a beast of a burger that was perfectly cooked and slathered in melty cheese and tasty sauce. It took some doing on my part, but by the end of lunch it had disappeared from the table.
Kirsten selected the Black & Blue — a favorite of hers since the Mann’s food truck days. A beef patty was seasoned with blackening seasoning, cooked to perfection and then topped with a generous heap of blue cheese, onion straws, and a balsamic reduction. She raved about the combination of blue cheese and sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar, and from the bite I managed while she was attending to Marley, I can confirm this is an amazing burger.
Each of our meals was accompanied by what are arguably the best French fries in the capital city. Hand cut, soaked, and fried twice to get them pillowlike inside and crispy outside, they are alone worth the drive to Mann’s. Like everything else at Mann’s, the portion size was insane, but we gladly worked our way through the golden-brown deliciousness.
For those under 12, Mann’s offers several selections including chicken fingers and a grilled cheese. The two kiddos opted for the Lil Mann’s cheeseburger and the hot dog. Neither was disappointed as they were each served with a heap of fries that kept them occupied while we worked through our lunches. Mason gave the hot dog two thumbs up, while Scout said the burger was delicious.
The new Mann’s Doghouse has a college vibe and encourages patrons to bring in photographs of their dogs to decorate the restaurant’s walls. The interior was minimalistic and kept tidy. The staff was courteous, knowledgeable about the menu, and eager to clear our table when lunch was securely in our stomachs.
Overall, the burgers and fries were fantastic, and I will be headed back the next time an urge for some honest local food strikes with an eye on exploring the menu. On a follow up visit, Kirsten discovered that Mann’s also now offers hand-spun milkshakes.