I found Natalie’s because I was searching Batesville, AR for a place to eat lunch. I’ve eaten at a few restaurants in Batesville, but I wanted to see if there was something I was missing. And yes, there was. She popped up at #1 on TripAdvisor so it caught my attention – but her hours of operation also intrigued me – a restaurant with such high marks.
The vivid colors and energy of the New Orleans style decor met us at the door. I anticipated something great. We ordered at the counter with the menu written on the chalkboard as a backdrop. The special of the day was meatloaf – and I love meatloaf! So I selected the meatloaf plate and Sheri picked a sandwich. I also had to try the pecan pie. I also added a cup of broccoli cheese soup which looked very tasty.
The meal was quickly delivered to our table and we dug into our plates. Every bite was delightful. The charm of the restaurant and the flavor of the foods took me to a special place that I cannot explain. The meatloaf was very moist. The soup was hot and creamy. The pie was sweet and delicious.
Then Natalie came out and met us. That was a treat as we exchanged greetings and stories. She was doing okay during the pandemic but her catering business was way off. Originally the restaurant was an after-thought of the catering. Now it has a bigger role. We arrived very near 11 am. Her hours as I mentioned intrigued me. She’s open 11-3 Monday-Friday. When I asked why, she said that’s all she wanted to work. Being a restaurant owner, I completely understood.
She shared some seasoning ideas with us and some trade secrets — then she brought me some of her open-faced roast beef. I got a sample taste, but it was enough to persuade me to get that next time! It was very tender and seasoned well.
We enjoyed our lunch at Natalie’s. I believe you would too so be sure to go next time you’re in the area!