You can’t beat a good burger. It’s only food item that shouts Americana. And I’m a burger fan through & through. And one of the best burgers, namely sliders, in North Jersey is a little joint on River Street in Hackensack called White Manna Hamburgers.
The place has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles and on numerous food shows, including Guy Fieri‘s “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives”. Whenever I have a hankering for a few delectable little sliders, I take a ride to White Manna and gorge myself on their all-beef sliders with steam-fried onions & American cheese on soft Martin’s Potato Rolls. There are other items on the diner-esque menu, but I come for one thing, those sliders.
We were recently driving down River Street between jobs. It was lunchtime; and we were hungry. My boss & I spotted no line at the tiny slider joint. So, I parked the truck in the parking lot. I slid myself into one of the handful of stools situated around the single flattop.
Even though the place is super small, there were still three people working behind the counter. One young lady on the flattop; and two gentlemen doing the fries, drinks, shakes, and working the register.
My boss and I each ordered four cheeseburger sliders with onions & pickles. We skipped the fries. To be honest, I’d rather have the extra calories with the sliders instead of with the French fries. The young lady on the flattop had an efficient system of cooking her way through the orders that come hurtling at her. With in a matter of minutes, we had two doubled up paper plates with our sliders. I savored that first bite and each subsequent bite, especially since it was quite a while since I last had a White Manna slider. Upon finishing the last bite, we settled our tab, and were on our way. It was a good thing we stopped when we did be used as we were leaving the doors were rushed by diners looking to satisfy their slider craving. We left with smiles on our faces.
So if you’re a burger lover, you really have to make it your business to pay White Manna in Hackensack a visit. By the way, I forgot to mention there is a White Mana (spelled with one “n”) on Tonnelle Avenue in Jersey City. Though the buildings were produced by the same diner manufacturer, they are not currently owned by the same people. In fact, they have a bitter rivalry, but that’s another story for another day. Any how, if you’re lucky enough to find White Manna in Hackensack relatively empty, you must stop in. And even if you have to wait a bit, it’s definitely worth the wait.
Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia