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Aug 1, 2006 03:56 AM

Beef Manhattan

O.K. I never heard of it either. My S.O. grew up in Indiana and worked at her father's restaurant. It was not just their difinition but quite regional.

Beef Manhattan is a Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes and gravy. I guess the name eliminated the confusion of a roast beef sandwich heated, or a "Manhattan."

I will leave the definition of Turkey Manhattan as an exercise for the reader.

The BEST she has found "Out West" is at James Restaurant. Huge portion of REAL mashed potatoes and good roast beef over bread and all smothered with a good "sauce", what the menu calls gravy. All nicely seasoned. She took 1/2 home for another delicious meal. (And she is a BIG eater!)

Actually it is more of a coffee shop but everything we have gotten has varied from good to great.

James Restaurant
739 Truman St, San Fernando, CA
(818) 361-1850

(I don't think it's finished. The links don't work.)

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  1. Am I correct in surmizing from your post that it's an "open-faced" (only one piece of bread) sandwich?

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    1. re: JBC

      Yes, That's it, open faced, except with 2 slices of bread underneath.

    2. Yes, a Depression-era Hoosier staple, along with Turkey Manhattan, White Castles, and the best, Hoosier Fried Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, with a breaded tenderloin the size of Texas.

      I checked out the James Restaurant site, but didn't find the Beef Manhattan on their on-line menu. But, now, I will swing by to check it out my next trip to the Valley.

      Thanks for the tip.

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      1. re: westtrekker

        It's possible that the menu changed over time (since that post you replied to is 6 and half years old...)