Best of Manhattan: Purple Apple Awards 2018


The results are in, and here are your Best of Manhattan picks for 2017.

Best Chicken: Chick-Fil-A, winner
Popeye’s, finalist
KFC, finalist

Best Grill: Tanner’s Bar and Grill, winner
Kites Bar and Grill, finalist
Powercat Sports Grill, finalist

Best Burger: So Long Saloon, winner
Big D’s, finalist
Little Apple Brewery

Best Pizza: Aj’s NY Pizzeria, winner
Pizza Shuttle, finalist
Jeff’s Pizza, finalist

Best Mexican Food: Taco Lucha, winner
La Fiesta, finalist
El Tapatio, finalist

Best Asian Food: Umi Japanese Steakhouse, winner
Hunam Express, finalist
Tasty China House, finalist

Best Steak: Texas Roadhouse, winner
Longhorn Steak, finalist
Little Apple Brewery, finalist

Best Breakfast: The Chef, winner
Varsity Donuts, finalist
Early Edition, finalist

Best Date Night Place: AMC Dine-In Town Center 13 Theater, winner
Bourbon & Baker, finalist
Olive Garden, finalist

Best Place to De-Stress: Manhattan Town Center, winner
Orange Sky Yoga, finalist
Straight Up Studio, finalist

Best Place to Work Out: The K-State Rec, winner
Genesis, finalist
Orange Sky Yoga, finalist

Best Night Life: Dirty Dawgs, winner
Auntie Mae’s Parlor, finalist
Tate’s, finalist

Best Gift Shop: Acme Gift, winner
Threads, finalist
On the Wild Side, finalist

Best Property Management: University Crossing, winner
Prime Place, finalist
Wildcat Property Management, finalist

Best Dessert: Call Hall, winner
Varsity Donuts, finalist
Mr. K’s Café and Bar, finalist

Best Deals/Valued Price: Dillons, winner
Tubby’s Sports Bar, finalist
Salvation Army Thrift Store, finalist

Best Game Day Gear: K-State Super Store, winner
Rally House, finalist
Walmart, finalist

Best Sole Shop (Shoes): Manhattan Running Co., winner
Famous Footwear, finalist
Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., finalist

Best Liquor Store: The Fridge, winner
The Library, finalist
Beer Goggles, finalist

Best Coffee Shop: Radina’s Coffee, winner
Bluestem Bistro, finalist
Arrow Coffee Co., finalist

Best Salon: Great Clips, winner
Platinum & Co., finalist
Bella’s Academy, finalist

Best Auto Dealer/Service: Burnett Automotive, winner
Manhattan Motors, finalist
Walmart Tires & Auto Parts, finalist

Best Florist: Acme Gift, winner
Dillons, finalist
Steve’s Floral, finalist

I’m Rafael Garcia, co-editor-in-chief at the Collegian. I’m a junior in journalism, campus visit coordinator for the JMC Ambassadors, and the vice president of social events and communication for the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leaders. I come from Emporia, Kansas, home of the Twinkie, world’s best tasting tap water and journalist William Allen White. I’m passionate about journalism because I love people and their stories, and I want to find and tell those stories here on campus. In my spare time, I’m a Chihuahua wrangler, doughnut enthusiast, Netflix watcher and racquetball player. Contact me at