The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On February 2, 2017

Alana Edgin

I feel like it is incredibly important for everyone to know about what is now my favorite restaurant, Miss Hattie’s.

Miss Hattie’s is the fancy looking restaurant downtown at 26 East Concho Avenue. When my friend and I walked in last Friday night, we were intimidated.

The tables were fully set and the upper class romantic atmosphere made us feel underdressed.

Thankfully, we were wrong. Despite its upscale feel, the prices were on par with Chili’s, but the food was way better.

The menu had short excerpts on the type of people who took part in Miss Hattie’s bordello ages ago. They used the excerpts to give some history and explain lower prices on each page. Now, to the food. For a restaurant on Concho Avenue, I was expecting my wallet to cry from the expensiveness. But, 80 percent of the menu was under $20. My friend and I looked over the appetizers and decided on the sausage queso.

This was an amazing idea. Normally, queso is just lackluster at the restaurants I usually go to, but this one was delicious. The chips were made in the restaurant, and dusted with light seasoning. Sausage queso may not seem like an unusual thing, but when it is made right and fresh, it is heaven.

There is a bit of a wait for the food, and the menu warns customers that food will take time, but it will be worth it.

During this waiting time, our server Jeffrey came over and we talked. He told us some of the history of Miss Hattie’s (the restaurant was previously a bank, connected to Miss Hattie’s bordello by a tunnel) and local ghost stories.

If you decide to go, ask for Jeffrey. He put us at ease and was full of history, and very friendly. He’s one of the best servers I’ve ever had.

I also got a salad with my order. Normally, I dislike salad. Rabbit food is not my forte. But this salad, I could tell all the ingredients were fresh, and the ranch was house made. I ate the entire thing.

After a short wait, our entrées arrived. I had chicken fried steak, since it was cheap. It came with mashed potatoes (you can tell they used real potatoes from the slight grain in the texture) and vegetables. The vegetables had been sautéed, and still had a slight crunch.

Now to dessert, because I can’t review a restaurant without dessert.

They had banana crème brulee, which Jeffrey torched himself. It was smooth, and the topping had that crunch, which is a signature of a well done crème brulee.

Overall, Miss Hattie’s is certainly a college student friendly restaurant, a beautiful romantic place for a date night, and the food quality and service to back up a five star review from me.

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