By Michelle Li
You'll likely upgrade your breakfast standard once you've devoured a creamy, custardy plate of eggs at Manna Cafe and Bakery. Egg cookery is a specialty here, inspired by the great Julia Child and applied daily by owners Barb and Mike Pratzel.
"Breakfast is a big deal here," says Barb, who's spent nearly forty years in Madison using the science of cooking and the love of family to fill local bellies and hearts.
And the eggs are just the beginning.
"People will drive two hours to get the oatmeal pancakes," she says.
You're guaranteed to get a knock-your-socks-off morning meal, but the core of the cafe centers on the wide array of made-from-scratch Jewish breads -- from bialys to challah to the corn tzitzel rye bread made so famously by Mike's family at the iconic Pratzel Bakery in St. Louis.