They opened The Manna House last November. Tiggs previously owned two other restaurants in the area — Alice Maries and Poppy’s.
Both men are also pastors. Phelps leads services at Jehovah Jireh Ministries in Atlanta, and Tiggs is at Great Faith Church of God in Christ in Marietta.
“We both have a passion for cooking,” Phelps said, who began cooking as a child. “Manna House takes it back to what some people in Marietta grew up on. These recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to generation.” He can trace his ancestry back in Marietta to the 1800s. Both he and Tiggs graduated from Marietta High School.
The Manna House serves a variety of Southern cuisine that includes anything from fried chicken to fried fish, oxtails to turkey wings, baked chicken to grilled tilapia and grilled catfish. The reverends will also spoon up traditional Southern sides like macaroni and cheese, green beans and collard greens.
Phelps recommends first-time guests try house specialties such as the fried pork chop sandwich or cube steak smothered and cooked in its own gravy.
“(The pork chop and cube steak) are just delicious,” he said.
Manna House also serves breakfast with a full menu featuring items such as French toast, pancakes, chicken and turkey sausage, eggs and salmon croquettes.
“People will enjoy the food because it’s authentic Southern cooking that’s healthy. All the vegetables are seasoned with turkey,” he said. “It’s a very clean environment. It’s a very friendly environment. Once people give us an opportunity and come to the restaurant, they will not want to go anywhere else.”
Visit Manna House from Monday to Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.