WSU’s Roy Manning likes to keep the menu

ANYONE WHO FOLLOWS Roy Manning’s twitter feed knows he loves food. This past month, when Washington State’s assistant coach in charge of the Rush and Nickel positions wasn’t out recruiting at Los Angeles-area high schools, he was touring the LA food scene. And there’s one thing Manning always does at every restaurant out on the recruiting trail.

“I always ask for the dessert menu first,” said Manning. “There’s a saying, ‘Begin with the end in mind,’ so when I eat I always want to know (if) I need to save some room. They always find that funny… My favorite desserts are crème brulee and bread pudding. ”

Manning also asks to keep the menu while the food is coming.

“Even after I order I like to look through it for the next time I come,” he laughs.

The best thing he ate on the recruiting trail during the just-concluded May Evaluation period?

“That’s a tough one because shoot, I eat everything. The barbecue I had at Bludso’s BBQ in Compton, that was pretty good. I had brisket, ribs, mac and cheese, potato salad -- and they had the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It was the day Coach Joe was with me (pictured above).

Manning said his list of favorite spots out on the recruiting trail to eat is constantly changing. But there are a few standbys.

“There are so many. I definitely have to go to the soul food places… and you always have to go to In-N-Out Burger,” said Manning.  “I’ve also always gotta go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles every time I’m there – and at least twice.  I never go to places I can go to at home. I would never in a million years eat at an Applebees out on the road, it’s gotta be all new stuff.”

On the road or at home, Manning’s favorite thing to eat is the same as it was when he was growing up in Saginaw, Michigan.

“My favorite food to eat: tacos,” said Manning.  “Soul food may be running neck and neck, those are my top two. Back in Saginaw, everyone makes tacos and they have this big tortilla place. Tacos are a big deal where I’m from.

“With soul food, I’m talking collard greens, dressing, mac and cheese. We’re talking meatloaf, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pork chops, all those things – and you’ve gotta have candied yams and cornbread, those are big ones.”

Tacos are also the one thing Manning likes to make himself rather than go out for.

“I really prefer to make my own. I really don’t cook a ton because of work and stuff but we do little BBQ things (in the summer) with the players and I do tacos instead.  They’re going to get BBQ so I do something they haven’t had and they love ‘em,” said Manning.

Before it closed in February, Swilly’s used to be Manning’s go-to place to eat in Pullman.  Now, it’s “probably” Black Cypress but it sounds like Manning is still looking for his new favorite spot.


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