This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
The black bean burger at Natachee's Supper 'n Punch was the first item I liked at the restaurant, which opened late last year along the "Best Block in Houston." And as much as I enjoyed that black bean burger, I didn't like anything else. It came as quite a surprise for a few reasons.
First, I expected a treasure trove of well-made Southern delicacies -- fried okra, peach cobbler, macaroni and cheese -- from the down-home restaurant with a horse tied out back. And second, I certainly didn't expect a vegetarian item to be the best thing on such a meat-heavy menu.
But there it was: a patty made from a melange of black beans, rolled oats, red peppers, corn and cilantro, underneath several heavy slices of buttery avocado. Cozied between two sweet, eggy buns, it was a delight -- and one that I still enjoy to this day.
Happily, the rest of the food at Natachee's has improved to match the black bean burger, and I'll now recommend that you finish off that burger with a piece of sweet potato pie and a cool glass of Sucker Punch.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe No. 96: Swiss chard crepes from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino No. 95: Eggs Mia Bella at Mia Bella No. 94: Mulligatawny soup at the Queen Vic No. 93: Helado de Lúcuma from Pollo Bravo