Those new to Nashville may be uninitiated in the culture of the Meat and Three, but only a few days in town and anyone can be well educated in the joys of choosing a meal from a rotating selection of daily options, supplemented with two or three southern side dishes of course. Plates of fried chicken with macaroni and cheese, green beans and okra can be found all over the city, usually accompanied with some cornbread and sweet tea. Mashed potatoes are just as much an acceptable lunch item as French fries. Top it all off with a slice of chess pie and you are a meat and three aficionado. Arnold's Country Kitchen is one of the best examples around. Jack Arnold opened the cafeteria-style spot in 1981 and has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives as well as getting recognition in The New York Times and Southern Living, Garden & Gun, MAXIM, and many more. Another must-try? Kleer-Vu Lunchroom in Rutherford County. It's worth the drive for it's famous hot water cornbread alone, but once you are out there, dare to try the chitterlings if they are on the menu that day, as well as the tasty, gooey, homemade chess pie.
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