Double Cheeseburger at Natachee's Supper n' Punch

Categories: Burger Break

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I can't get over the cute look of Natachee's. True, it's a man-made, highly manufactured aesthetic: a fake weathered roof over the bar, quirkily dressed waitresses, and a whole lotta random kitsch. But I still liked how this (artificial) retro atmosphere allowed me to imagine I was leisurely chowing down in an early twentieth-century Houston watering hole.

Katharine Shilcutt called Natachee's food "painfully mediocre" after her visit late last fall. While I wouldn't rank Natachee's in, well, any sort of themed restaurant top ten list, they still seem to have come a long way.

Not all the way, mind you. I wasn't interested in any of the advertised mixed drinks, so I took a cue from the drink menu ("Want klassyer hooch? Just ask.") and requested a strong raspberry martini. No problem there: our very accommodating waitress returned with a wonderfully crisp martini ($6.50!), which I emptied even before deciding on an entree.

I eventually ordered "The Usual Burger" with an extra patty, American cheese, and sides of onion rings and sautéed garlic spinach. And, most importantly (to me), I specified the burger be prepared "rare." I can't stand overcooked meat and will settle for medium, which is usually what I receive even if I ask for rare.

The towering double cheeseburger arrived hot, dripping with cheese, and....completely dark-brown. No hint of pink anywhere. Under something of a time crunch, I started eating it anyway, and was glad I did, considering my heretofore diligent waitress didn't return for another 20 minutes, which wasn't completely her fault, as I noticed a very large, rowdy party dominating her attention.

When she finally did check on us, I alerted her to the issue. She apologized profusely and offered free dessert on the house. I appreciated this gesture and felt fairly mollified by the end of the meal, especially after finishing a second delicious lemon martini.

I still enjoyed my burger despite the fact it wasn't cooked to specification: it was well-spiced, with juicy meat, sweet-savory onions, and a fluffy bun. The jumbo onion rings, well-coated in a cornmeal batter, were delightfully crisp and the garlic spinach above-average.

Overall, it was a positive experience. I will return to Natachee's, probably to take advantage of their happy hour and daily specials. I just hope the kitchen learns to follow directions.

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Location Info

Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
Jhangten
Jhangten

Hey Joanna, you wanna try a great burger try the Dbl Cowboy burger @ Little Bitty Burger Barn, get it with the fresh cut french fries, this place is my lunch spot 2-3 days a week, and they are set to be on the food network for their 5 alarm fire burger

Carrie
Carrie

Also good are their fried pickles. Seriously, these are really friggin good.

Ed T.
Ed T.

I'm planning on going there for the Geek Gathering this Friday, so we'll see if the kitchen has learned to follow directions.

~EdT.

SirRon
SirRon

Kids eat free on Tuesday, and they serve the kid's meals in freaking vintage metal lunchboxes. That's a game changer, like, if you have kids. Kids are also game changers though.

say what
say what

I went for the first time on Saturday - the food was good and the live music was great. I have to try those onion rings next!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Our burgers were all overcooked my first visit, too, but man...those onion rings were almost good enough to make up for it. Glad to hear those are still hanging in there.

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