Fill Up a Plate at One of Nashville's Best Meat and Three Spots

Hollie Deese

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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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...  Read more »

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    Arnold's Country Kitchen

    It may not look like much, but this cafeteria style serves up world-renowned home-style cooking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try the banana pudding."

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    Plate lunches are just the beginning of delicious goodies on the menu at Puckett's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't hesitate to drive out to Lieper's Fork for pork so tender it will nearly melt in your mouth."

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    Wendell Smith's

    Servers are familiar, friendly, and determined to get you back to work in time.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't let it's location tucked behind a liquor store scare you off. This is the real deal."

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    Copper Kettle Green Hills

    Delicious baked or fried chicken paired with one of the mouthwatering sides is near perfection.

    Local Expert Tip: "They're known for their delicious omelets and mimosas."

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    Swett's Restaurant

    Served cafeteria style, the peach cobbler, fried chicken and smoked meats are some of the best in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's all about the smoke here, so opt for fall-off-the-bone ribs or chicken."

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    Monell's Dining and Catering

    A meat and three list could never be complete without Monell's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring newbies from out of town for the quintessential meat-and-three experience."

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    Kleer-Vu Lunchroom

    Murfreesboro residents luck out having this historic cafeteria so close to home. The rest? Make the drive.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't let the long lines scare you off - things move quickly once the doors open."

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    City Cafe East

    The love and care given to the ingredients are everything that is good about southern cooking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get on their monthly email list so you can get notified when they are serving their famous smoked beef brisket with peppers and onions."

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    Varallo's Chile Parlor & Restaurant

    As the oldest restaurant in Nashville, Varallo's has embraced the new while staying true to classic flavors.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order online and swing by for a quick and delicious lunch."

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    Katie's Meat & Three

    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    This downtown staple can always be counted on to serve the working masses hot, fresh plate lunches.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come by on Tuesdays for their salmon croquettes special."



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