This spot opened 22 years ago as a charming home cooking restaurant with a short menu and a BYOB policy. In 2009, owner Al Ahmedus took over the space next door and launched Al’s Steakhouse & Salad Bar. The steak place didn’t work out, so Ahmedus combined both concepts and menus into one restaurant. Now Natalie’s features comfy favorites such as meatloaf, beef goulash, and pecan-crusted chicken alongside a sophisticated selection of Prime steaks. The only thing that hasn’t changed: the ladies-who-lunch crowd still flocks to Natalie’s for hearty soups, creative salads, quiches, and Southern-inspired specials. The kitchen turns out two notable chicken salads. One combines diced white meat with curry and mango chutney; the other is a more traditional mix of chicken, mayonnaise, and celery. All salads come with a basket of freshly baked specialty breads. The BYOB policy has been replaced by a full bar and a short, anemic, albeit affordable, wine list with a lineup of the usual suspects. Natalie’s is comfortable by day and a nice neighborhood steakhouse at night.
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