Natachee’s Supper ‘N Punch – – BigKidSmallCity’s Search for Houston’s Best Kid Friendly Restaurants!

Address: 3622 Main St Houston TX 77002
Age Appropriate: All ages
Price: $-$$

UPDATE: The Sandbox has been removed!!

Natachees Popeye SaladI’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you.

This weekend, we went to Natachee’s and we could not believe that we had not done this restaurant review yet. In fact, we have enjoyed the whole experience of this wonderful casual restaurant for over two years now – the beautiful weather we have had lately makes it impossible to resist!

This is really a gem for families: they have a sand pit, a large lawn of grass for the kids to run around and some Adirondack chairs to lounge around by the sand pit. It is all fenced in and is right by the train tracks, so METRORail drives by on Main (the kiddos love waving at the train!) Natachees Kid MealsThey have picnic tables outside (the most wanted tables when the weather is nice) and the inside is fun, retro and casual.

For this visit, we would have had to wait 45 minutes for an outside table (since it was sooooo beautiful), so our party of nine settled inside. Our kids are old enough to be outside by themselves which was great for them. They ran around while we waited for our lunch. They would come back inside for water every so often!

Natachees is known for its comfort food and has nice punch, cocktails and drinks for the adults (we enjoyed bloody mary’s, beer and mimosas!). The kids menu is great and they are served in retro Natachees Chicken Fried Steaklunch boxes that are a big hit with the kids and the adults! Their bathroom is clean and has a space for changing babies.

What about their food? I ordered their popeye salad ($8.99) which I love and is fresh, delicious and filling. My husband ordered the chicken fried steak ($11.99), one of his favorite and our son had mac n’ cheese ($4.99).

All our plates were empty by the end of the lunch! They even have a frozen Popsicle for the kids if they eat well, and some adults even got some that day!

Natachees PatioWe love Natachee’s because we feel relaxed , we eat well and we know our son has a great time. So take advantage of the next few beautiful weekends to try this delicious and casual restaurant.

See you next week for our next culinary adventure!

 

 

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Looking for some fun? Here are some things to do with your kids in downtown Houston.

My kids love Downtown Houston. When I ask them what they want to do, they usually don’t say the zoo or the museum. They say, “Downtown!”.

Likely they pick Downtown because we take METRORail there. Riding the train is an adventure all its own. Parking is easy at Hermann Park or near Natachee’s at Main Street and Berry. At the station you can use cash or credit card to buy a $1.25 one way ticket. Kids under 5 ride free. If you have not mapped out your own trip, jump off at Main Street Square. It’s centrally located in Downtown and close to most of the fun.

If you decide to drive instead, there is metered parking on the streets that is free after 6:00pm and on Sundays. Parking can get tight from 4:00pm-6:00pm since it’s prohibited on many streets for rush hour. Here is a map of parking options in Downtown.

How ever you get there, check out this MAP to get familiar with Downtown.  METRORail runs Northeast up Main Street. To simplify the instructions, I call it plain North.

Discovery Green is always a good destination when visiting Downtown. There is a playground, splashpad, green space and tons of events. Check the Discovery Green calendar HERE. Discovery Green is about 5 blocks east of the Main Street Square METRORail station.

Just a couple blocks north of Discovery Green is Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982. This steam engine is in the middle of a construction zone now, but worth a walk-by for the train lover in your family.

If you go back to Discovery Green, and walk one block west towards the train tracks, you can find Phoenicia Specialty Foods on the ground level of One Park Place. It is a grocery store and deli where you can pick up some items for lunch, a cookie, a drink or take the kids to the clean restroom. You can eat at tables in the store or take a picnic back to Discovery Green.

Want to check out the Downtown Tunnel System? Check out the map HERE. They system is huge and connects most of Downtown. If you are a little intimidated, start at Macy’s. Back at the Main Street Square METRORail station you will see Macy’s. Take the elevator or escalator to the basement. Here you can walk through a tunnel to an underground food court.  You can check the map on the wall and explore the two connecting tunnels or just head up to ground level. The tunnels are open on weekdays, during working hours.

If it is a weekday, don’t miss the free observation deck in the JP Morgan Chase Building. From Main Street Square, walk one block west and a few blocks north to Travis and Capitol. From the lobby you can take the elevators to the 60th floor and highest public observation area in Downtown Houston.

While on the west side of the train tracks, don’t miss the theater district and civic center. From the JP Morgan building, just walk west on Capitol. Once you hit Smith, head south to see  Tranquility Park and City Hall. One block south of here, you can stop in the Downtown Central Library or the Julia Ideson Library. The Julia Ideson building was recently renovated and has amazing architectural details inside. You cannot check out books here, but you can visit the children’s reading room and enjoy a story with your child.

If you are interested in visiting the Downtown Aquarium, go back north on Smith, past Capitol, and go west on Preston. This will take you over Buffalo Bayou and to the Aquarium.  While you are on the Preston Street bridge, you need to find the Mysterious Red Button.

Need more information? Head over to DowntownHouston.org.  Looking for an event? Check HERE. Hungry? Check out the list of restaurants.  We can personally recommend El Rey, Bombay Pizza, Jason’s Deli, Bangkok Chef, Phoenicia and The Shops at Houston Center.

Whether you want to do a little or a lot, we recommend spending some time in downtown. We were intimidated by the scene the first time we went, but once we started using the train tracks as a reference point, we were able to confidently navigate around our city. Now we spend most of our free time there and my kids just can’t get enough of Downtown Houston!


Natachees Supper ‘N Punch

Address: 3622 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Cost: Check the MENU
Appropriate Age: Any age

UPDATE: The Sandbox has been removed!!

 

Our Review: I just discovered Natachee’s. It is not super cheap, and the portions were not super big, but it is now one of my favorite restaurants in Houston.

 

My kids and I went to Natachee’s on Friday at lunch. It is located right next to the Ensemble/HCC train station on Main Street. To get there, you can either take the METRORail (the most fun option) or drive and park or walk (if you are lucky enough to live close). Today, we drove. Since it is right on Main Street, with the train, you need to park behind the building or on the side street. In the lot, you can park during the week for $2.00.

From the parking lot you can walk around the building to the front or you can go in the back entrance.

 

The train tracks make parking slightly tricky, but the train makes the restaurant awesome. In the patio area there is a fenced in sandbox for the kids that is right next to the train. I’m not sure what could be better than a play area with real trains.

 

Actually, I do know. It’s having a safe place for the kids to play while the parents can have a grown up meal and maybe some drinks.

 

For lunch, I ordered off of the lunch menu. For $6.00, I got two sliders and fries. It wasn’t huge but the burgers were great. The kids got a lunch box with chicken strips, fries, fruit salad and a Popsicle for $6.00. This was extra cool because of the old fashioned lunch box it came in.

 

Like I said, the portions were not huge on the lunch menu, but it was great tasting. And the kids give it a great review for the play area and trains.

We’ll go there again soon… and we’ll take the train there. Can it get any better than that?

 

Update 1.29.12: We found free parking for Natachee’s! Just north of the restaurant, across Berry on Main Street is a parking lot. One the side near Natachee’s, there are about 4 spots with a sign saying complementary parking for the restaurant.

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