Supper's On at Natachee's

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Photos by Troy Fields
The open-faced meatloaf sandwich comes with a fried egg on top, inside of an onion ring. It's overkill in the best, most spirited way.
I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong. (Life lesson: It's so much easier that way, kiddos.) And I was wrong about Natachee's Supper 'n Punch when it first opened back in November.

I wasn't impressed with any of the food during my First Look at the restaurant, save for the fried pickles and the veggie burger -- both of which, I'm happy to report, are still delicious -- and I disliked the interior. My exact words were these:

It feels like a cross between an old general store in a quiet, East Texas town and the Country Bear Jamboree theater at DisneyWorld. Even the much vaunted horse outside, Lacy, seems like part of the attraction instead of a holistic, natural component of the place. It's that classic form of cognitive dissonance that one experiences sitting inside of a new space meant to look much older than it really is.

And while the food honestly wasn't that great when Natachee's first opened, it's vastly improved since then. And so has my attitude toward the interior itself, which has slowly grown on me over several visits.

I really like Natachee's, the subject of this week's cafe review, now.

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Part of my attitude shift has come from being schooled on the interior items themselves by my friend Bill Shirley, who owns the funky Shop-O-Rama store next door. "That wood was salvaged from an old house in the Heights that was being torn down," he said one night, pointing at the beams that make up the bar area at the front of the restaurant. And upon closer inspection, I love the fact that Natachee's has decorated its walls with Houston music memorabilia -- especially fitting considering its location down the block from the Continental Club, Big Top and the Mink.

And that's the other part of my shift: Seeing how Natachee's fits in as a whole with the "Best Block in Houston." At first, I didn't see the restaurant as part of a greater whole. But as shops have filled in the block -- Shop-O-Rama and My Flaming Heart directly next door, Sig's Lagoon around the corner and a rockabilly-style barber shop-cum-tattoo studio-cum-salon -- it's made a profound difference in the overall feel of the restaurant. It fits in here, it feels natural, it feels right.

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On that same evening that Bill and I were discussing Natachee's interior, Sean Reefer was warming up on steel guitar in one corner while all around me, tables were filled with people happily munching on burgers and downing beers. The dining room took on a warm, close-knit feeling that made it seem as if Natachee's had been there for years.

That's the feeling I was missing before. And with delicious comfort food that now matches that comfortable vibe, Natachee's has finally come into its own.

For more photos from Natachee's, check out our slideshow.


Location Info

Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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ec
ec

OK I see what looks like a hamburger patty with tomatoes on it. That's meatloaf?

Mareapond
Mareapond

I live in the city, and work in the city all week. Sometimes on the weekend, I want to escape it all for a laid back place, an area I'm not familiar with, and a place that serves great food, good drinks and where I'll be Mr. Anon.

Any suggestions?

Ali
Ali

I went there this weekend and there were things I liked and didn't like.

Decor: Even if it has all of these Houston touches, it still feels out of place to me. And because it's in midtown, there were all of these dressed up people who looked out of place being there. This is a place I envision in Huntsville where I went to college, not in a hip part of town.

Food: We both had burgers, which were great. It reminded me of the huge, homemade burgers my mother used to make. The fried pickles were fabulous. The sweet potato pie had a great flavor, however, it was nuked. The inside was scalding. The mac and cheese, however, really needed help. On the menu it said they were known for it, but it tasted like Kraft Mac and Cheese - the deluxe kind withe cheese sauce.

Drinks: I was told that they offered Fat Tire beer, however, no orange slices for it. So I ordered a corona dressed and got it with a fat lime square sitting on top. No salt on the neck and the lime didn't fit into the beer. If you're going to offer a full bar, understand how the drinks you're server should be served.

Not sure if I'll go back. Although the burger was delicious, the atmosphere just seemed off for the area and there wasn't anything that totally wowed me.

Plus, they had some live music out on the patio. Which was great, except there were tons of kids running around and they were performing... damn, I can't think of the name, but it was an old country song about doing drugs. Just not appropriate for an afternoon with the kiddos.

lovecountrycookin
lovecountrycookin

I like to go on the weekend. its not overly crouded and so far the food has been really good.

bubu
bubu

Love. This. Place.

Maggie
Maggie

I really liked Natachee's and so has everyone I've ever taken there (one out of town guest even requested to go there for lunch after we'd gotten breakfast the day before!). I'm glad you gave it another shot.

Kyle
Kyle

Hm, looks like it's time for me to give them another chance. They'd better fix that mac, though!

Jeff
Jeff

Went there last night after a couple bad experiences last year. It was delcious! Glad to see they've made significant improvements.

Marleywine
Marleywine

RIOJA!!! on the west side....ahhh....patio and tapas and wine

gottogetaway
gottogetaway

I know what you mean. I get tired of the rat race too. I sometimes get up very early and take a drive down to Galveston for breakfast and it is desolate. I love having that feeling that I am the only one there. The ocean isnt the best I've ever seen but its still nice and very peaceful

CMN
CMN

What the hell. Orange slices with a Fat Tire?

Bruce R
Bruce R

You're disappointed because there were no orange slices for a Fat Tire beer? And you wanted salt in your Corona? Sounds like you're the one with the problem.

BigK
BigK

I don't really see how this location next to Sig's Lagoon, Tacos A Go-Go, Continental Club, Mink etc etc etc can be "out of place".

The dressed up people were out of place.

Liz
Liz

Salt ain't the default for Corona. I'll give him/her the lime, I guess. But orange for a Fat Tire? Cool if you want one and they have it on hand, but that's definitely not how it is typically served. Personally, I try to avoid beers that require fruit to make them drinkable (if I can help it).

Also, this is Houston, the city that accepts both blue jeans and ball gowns as appropriate formal attire. Nobody who isn't that guy standing in front of the club checking ID's cares what you were wearing. Those overdressed for Natachee's peeps were probably dressing for that guy.

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