Late's has zero curb appeal. And its interior isn't anything special either. But that hasn't stopped the crowds from coming, just as they have for more than 50 years. The compact restaurant on Manitowoc's south side is known for its homemade food, mainly its hand-dipped cheese curds and onion rings, plus its burgers, all three of which are regularly named the best in Manitowoc. Other favorite dishes on the menu are the hand-breaded perch and the homemade desserts and ice cream. But there's so much more to Late's than that. The restaurant serves everything from sloppy Joe's and broasted chicken to BLTs, brats and pizza burgers; prices range from about $2 to $13. The German potato salad and coleslaw sides, also favorites, are homemade and fresh. Though most people come here for lunch or dinner, breakfast is offered as well. The menu is small; it's mainly eggs, toast, pancakes and omelets.
It's a good thing Late's food is so tasty because it's in need of refurbishment. It appears to be a 1950s-era diner that's rarely been upgraded. There are cracks, chips and stains all over, and it can take a while for tables to be cleaned when it's busy. But hey, you can order your food to go, and there's free delivery, too. That may be your best option. No credit cards accepted.