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

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.

For years Katie's has been plating up lunch specials for downtown diners craving a taste of home. The quarters are tight in the two-story restaurant, which only gives you more reason to grab one of the tables lining the arcade, the historic...  Read More

The first hard decision you'll have to make is whether to get the chili or meat-and-three plated lunch. Of course, you can always get both with one of their combos. The chili comes "straight," "three way" with tamale and spaghetti, or any...  Read More

On September 29, 2008, Chef George and his wife, Amy Reed bought City Cafe East on the corner of Lebanon Pike and Spence Lane, a restaurant that had been around for 20 years before they added their friendly atmosphere and delicious flavors to...  Read More


Lines still form right before doors open at Kleer-Vu, one of the few spots where you can find honest-to-goodness soul food, including chitterlings and pig's feet. Roots author Alex Haley once said he's prefer a meal at Kleer-Vu over the...  Read More

Monell's occupies a historic Victorian house in Germantown. Dining is communal, and long wooden tables and an all-you-eat menu (choices of entree, vegetables, breads, and desserts) set the scene. Simply ask fellow diners to pass around the...  Read More

Swett's Restaurant

Swett's began as a tavern in 1920, but turned to the meat-and-three scene in 1954. The family-owned business is proud of the diversity of its clientele. Recipes at Swett's are never written down, ensuring a different experience every time you...  Read More

Sunday brunch is a bountiful buffet but they are known for their delicious omelets made to order and mimosas. They also have a carving station, smoked salmon, biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruits and pastries. During the week, they offer a...  Read More

Located in the back of a liquor store, this meat and three features breakfast all day, homemade desserts like strawberry shortcake and blackberry cobbler, and true Southern decor. Fresh turnip greens, excellent sandwiches, and an array of...  Read More

Puckett's in Leiper's Fork is not an artificial cafeteria for tourists, but an institution. Founded by the Puckett family in the 1950s, it served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. From fresh groceries and a good...  Read More

On the red walls of this meat 'n three are signed portraits of famous Nashvillians who frequent the place, including the Dixie Chicks and local sports columnist Joe Biddle. Meats include fried chicken, pork chops, fish, and beef; sides include...  Read More


Meet Hollie Deese

Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and...  More About Hollie

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