Despite its narrow appearance from the outside, H Street Country Club is a two-level 6,000-square-foot space with seating for more than 300 people.
Downstairs, there’s a small Tex-Mex menu, dubbed “El Norte” for Texas’s geographic location in relation to Mexico. It includes such Tex-Mex treats as spicy tamales ($7), Texas-style beef empanadas ($7), and a jalapeño-pickled chile con queso ($6). There’s also a spacious bar that seats about 25 people as well as a large game area with pool tables, skee-ball, and shuffle boards.
“It’s ideal for large parties,” says restaurant manager Kristin Cook. “People come in, congregate, and relax—some play pool, others skee-ball. I think we go through $100 a night in change just for skee-ball.”
While seating downstairs is done on a first-come, first-served basis, upstairs seating requires checking in with a host but the place doesn’t take reservations.
On the menu is authentic Mexican food including chicken escabeche ($18), pork-rib carnitas ($19), chilaquiles served with roasted duck ($22,) and lamb enchiladas ($19). Coconut flan ($6) and buñuelos ($6)—honey-drizzled fried dough—are available as desserts.
The full menu is also available at the bar, which features hundreds of golf balls displayed behind glass.
The dining room shares a level with the miniature golf course, where guests sign up for a game at the “putt putt hut” for $7 and wait their turn. Cook says during the week, the line isn’t too long. But on weekends, waits can extend up to 45 minutes.
“It’s been a little rough, just because we weren’t anticipating such a big turnout,” she says. “What we’re going to start doing is taking people’s cell-phone numbers and calling them back when space becomes available.”
Open Sunday through Thursday 5 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday 5 to 3. Valet parking is available Thursday through Saturday starting at 5, and unmetered street parking is also available.