The very first battle of the Civil War, The First Battle of Bull Run, was fought in Manassas.
Manassas has made the news on many occasions. It was here that Lorena Bobbit severed her husband's manhood with a knife in the middle of the night. On Route 234, the Sunoco gas station is where the Washington DC beltway snipers killed one of their victims. On Center Street is located the Manassas office of Comcast where an 80 year old lady recently went wild with a small hammer when she was upset with their customer service and it made national headlines. During the fourth season of Fox Television's American Idol, 21 year old Travis Tucker from Manassas became one of the top ten American Idol finalists. Also during the same season of American Idol, Judge Simon Cowell declared 18-year old Mary Roach from Manassas, the worst singer in the world.
Manassas is fairly close to Washington DC, so there's a decent selection of minority ethnic restaurants in addition to regular fare. In addition, many chains are represented in Manassas including Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Golden Corral, Great American Steak and Buffet, Red, Hot and Blue, Hooters, Logan's Roadhouse, and local favorite Five Guys hamburgers. Manassas is also known locally for its unusually high number of 7/11 convenience stores per capita. This includes two on Sudley Road that are inexplicably right next door to each other. Local favorites are concentrated in the Old Town. The city of Manassas has a meals tax.
City Tavern Grille, 9405 Main St (Old Town), ☎ (703) 330-0076, . edit
Foster's Grill, 9417 West St (Old Town), ☎ (703) 257-7272, . Several locations in the area.edit
Okra's Cajun Creole Restaurant, 9110 Center St (Old Town), . (703) 368-3427. edit
Tony's New York Pizza, 9108 Mathis Avenue, ☎ 703-330-8109, . A Napoli family-run Italian restaurant, with undoubtedly the best pizza, salads, pastas in the areaedit
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