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<h1>Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge</h1> header picture showing clothing of the ladies.

Dining at Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge in San Angelo Texas is so enjoyable it should be illegal. But since there is no such thing as too much fun it’s perfectly legal. You can munch on appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, which are filled with cream cheese and offer just enough bite in the crisply fried bite-sized morsels to be delicious without scorching your tonsils. Or you can sample a mixed appetizer plate with three different choices from their special Texas Toothpicks, slivers of breaded onion and jalapenos; Fried Zucchini; Hand dipped Onion Rings; or   Fried Mushrooms all served with a ranch dressing.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge Miss Hattie’s Meatloaf at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Miss Hattie’s Meatloaf

For lunch you might choose Miss Hattie’s Meatloaf. I did and decided it should have been called “meatlove.” It was so good dripping its tomato rich topping and accompanied by mashed potatoes and a veggie. If you are really starving order the Chicken Fried Steak but be warned it more than covers a big plate with its tender crispy goodness.

Chicken Fried steak at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Chicken Fried Steak

The supper menu is more upscale from the lunch one while lunch is more home-cooking. If you dine there for supper, you could splurge with The Carpetbagger, a 21-day aged rib eye stuffed with crab and topped with a red wine sauce. If you don’t want to go that far out, you could have one of their New York strip steaks or a Surf and Turf special.

Whatever you do don’t skip dessert. The cheesecakes are beyond tasty ranging towards heavenly. The Chocolate Kahlua was my favorite. But the Carmel Pecan and Baklava give it a run for its money.

Dessert at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Three special cheesecakes

Brenda Gunter, the owner, is her own chef and not only has created a fantastic menu but invented some intriguing names. Such as some names for the dishes especially the “Brothel Burgers” like “Hot as you can make it Mary” and “XXX Burger” add a bit of local color. Her menu is a tasty cross between West Texas and New York influences.

The wine menu is extensive or you can enjoy a cocktail or beer. No matter which part of the restaurant you din in, take a tour around to see the entire place. There is quite a history and a interesting legend about it. This building was once San Angelo National Bank.  The tin ceilings and brick wall in the main dining room and the rock walls in the bar and adjourning rooms date back to the late 1800s when the bank was built.  Be sure to go into the main dining room and tap on the floor, there’s a hollow sound near the center of the room.  This involves one of San Angelo’s most interesting legends.

Brenda Gunter shows where the secret tunnel is at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Brenda Gunter shows where the secret tunnel is located

For years there were stories that back around the turn of the century, farmers and ranchers would come into town with their families in their buggies. The gentlemen would part with the wives sending the ladies off to do their shopping and the men would take café of their banking business. The gentlemen would enter the bank and step down into the tunnel leading to the basement of Miss Hattie’s Bordello. Of course, it was business of a sort. Money did change hands. After conducting their business, the gentlemen returned through the tunnel to the bank and rejoined the wives to have a fine dinner in town before returning home.

old bank building where at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge is located
 Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge was once an old bank

When the Gunters were reworking the building to open the restaurant they discovered that there really was a tunnel under the floor. At present you can’t go into it. It’s just neat knowing it is there and and how it was once used.

Some of the decor at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Some of the decor at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge

The entire restaurant, side rooms and bar are decorated to fit the time when the brothel flourished. Ladies clothing including “unmentionables” from the Victorian era adorn the walls. Authentic jazz band instruments are mounted on the bar walls. It’s almost a museum and well as a restaurant.

Some of the decor at Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge
Stepping into Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge is like stepping into the past

The building has at least two spirits. A visiting psychic and a local clergyman, Bishop Pfeifer, recently retired bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, are among those who have felt the spirits there.  Brenda told us, “We always say late at night the ghosts come out and the girls come down and play. The only thing  I require is that when we open at 11am, the ghosts go back into the walls and the girls go back upstairs.”

 For more info:

http://www.misshattiesrestaurant.com

 

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