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Hillside Cafe

Mexican, American
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2307 Stagg Hill Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502-3156
785-539-9815
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  • 12
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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Not nearly as good as it used to be

When the Hillside was in Ogden, the food and service were great. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as good since it moved to Manhattan. The service is "ok", but the food is not. It is definitely sub-par for Mexican cuisine. It tastes like it has been refrigerated for a week and heated in a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2014
maggietffh
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Manhattan, Kansas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Corvallis, Oregon
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is an unpretentious family run restaurant, with excellent food. If you expect it to taste like other Mexican American restaurants, you may be disappointed, but if you are willing to try the unique taste of the Hillside food, you may be hooked for life. I recommend the Corn Soft Tacos and fresh chips. Soda is served in cans with... More 

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Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I've been going to the Hillside since before they moved to Manhattan. It's not for everyone, but for those of us who like it, we love it. This is not because Manhattanites don't know anything about Mexican food. I've eaten here with folks from Mexico and they loved it. Try a white flour taco with chicken or shredded beef. The... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The Silva family has been serving some of the best Mexican family recipes since I was a kid growing up in Manhattan. This isn't the Taco Tico junk, but hand made real food. The shredded beef and chicken are tasty and the pan fried taco's are the best I've ever eaten. I don't miss a chance to go whenever I... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

When the Hillside was in Ogden, the food and service were great. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as good since it moved to Manhattan. The service is "ok", but the food is not. It is definitely sub-par for Mexican cuisine. It tastes like it has been refrigerated for a week and heated in a microwave. We will NOT be going... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I just ate there and the food was pretty gross. I'm pretty sure they microwaved everything. The guacamole was disgusting, like a baby poop puree. The big burrito was just Unseasoned roast beef and beans with chili on top. 0/10 will never go here again. Waste of money and a meal.

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Tampa Bay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

We enjoy eating at Hillside and have frequented the restaurant for many years. David treats his customers like friends coming into his home for a family gathering. We love the flour soft taco. I can't find it anywhere else. The guacamole is a different style than other restaurants serve but is tasty and unique. The fresh fried chips are a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I've always been fond of Hillside Café. They have such a friendly staff and great food. All food is homemade and very fresh. There are also great burgers and a variety of food for anyone's taste buds. I highly recommend trying to white flower tacos or tamales on Fridays or Saturdays. Great place to eat with fried ice cream as... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Not really Mexican food. Not even close. They use Velveeta. Like a lot of other reviews, the locals think this is Mexican food. It isn't even close.

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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

this was absolutely on of the worst Mexican resturaunts I have ever eaten at. The food was not up to standard for a taco bell.. I will never eat here again..

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Very informal family restaurant tex-mex that is hard to beat. This is NOT one of the chain "Mexican" places with tons o' cheese food, manufactured tortillas and "free" chips from a bag and salsa from a can. Try the guacamole for an authentic sauce or with the home made chips.

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Address: 2307 Stagg Hill Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502-3156
Phone Number: 785-539-9815
Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Manhattan
Cuisine: Mexican, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2307 Stagg Hill Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502-3156
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Manhattan
  • Phone Number: 785-539-9815

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

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