Nashville's Meat & Three

One meat + three sides = perfection. 


No need to get fancy. You know what you crave. Head to any of the famous meat & threes found around Music City, and enjoy your meal exactly how you want it. Fried chicken, meat loaf, catfish, or any scrumptious meat with three delicious sides. Doesn't get much better. Agree? Now, all you have to do is pick one restaurant, or you could try them all.

417 Union

Downtown/ North of Broadway
A retro diner offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 417 Union prides itself in offering a varied menu focusing on traditional Southern favorites. 

Chef's Market Cafe & Takeaway

Metro Center/ North Nashville
Great food. Causal atmosphere. That’s why Chef’s Market was opened. When you walk through the doors, you will notice right away this is not your average restaurant. Their staff works tirelessly to create an ambiance that is warm and welcoming. But enough about the restaurant. The food is AMAZING! Choose between a great selection of meats including pot roast, pork loin, chicken, and then pick your two accompaniments. 

Husk Restaurant

Downtown - SoBro
Husk's philosophy is to serve up high-quality, locally-sourced produce, and heirloom grains. For lunch, they offer a spin on the traditional "meat & three" selection, which includes a choice of the fried chicken or fried catfish, paired with a choice of 2 sides from a daily rotating selection. For the veggie lovers, the "meat & three" option is also available as a vegetable plate, which comes with choice of 4 sides.

Loveless Cafe

West Nashville
For over 60 years, they've been getting up at the crack of dawn to make classic Southern food entirely from scratch. Everyday, their cooks arrive at 3am preparing delicious meals to serve their guests. And you can tell! It could only take time and passion to create food this good. They have fried chicken, homemade meat loaf, catfish, and a slew of amazing sides to choose from. Each meal comes with their legendary homemade biscuits. 


Great Southern food served family style in a historic setting. They host a daily "meat & three" menu with skillet fried chicken always a choice and several hot southern vegetables for sides. Each guest also receives a drink, dessert, and biscuits with their meal. Can't beat it! 

Puckett's Grocery

Founded in the fifties, people have been congregating at Puckett's for over half a century. It's where the locals go for real food, real people, and real fun. They serve the finest in Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At lunch time, guests have the option to select from their awesome "meat & three" menu. Their mashed potatoes and green beans are to die for!

The Southern Steak & Oyster

Downtown - SoBro
Located in the heart of the SoBro district in downtown Nashville, The Southern Steak & Oyster is a unique and animated eatery that blends over a hundred years of combined catering and restaurant experience with an individual, authentic taste where culinary meets comfort. With the combination of indigenous flavors with exotic ingredients and authentically Southern hospitality, The Southern is always "south of somewhere." There daytime menu features "The Meat 'N 3" a daily combination of farm fresh choices.

Look through the list below for some more options:
Arnold's Country Kitchen

8th Avenue
It's easy to see why folks consider Arnold's Country Kitchen the best "meat & three" in Nashville. Every item is made fresh daily and well prepared with a friendly Southern hospitality. They host a different selection of meats each day, with an excellent choice of sides like mac and cheese or collard greens. Each meal is served with two kinds of corn bread, baked and grilled. D-E-licious!

Elliston Place Soda Shop

West End/ Elliston Place
This joint has been offering classic Southern cuisine since 1939. They offer a delicious breakfast menu, and during the midday a variety of sandwiches and "meat and three" options. Not much has changed in 75 years, so whether you're looking for a good meal, or just a trip down memory lane, stop by Elliston Place.

City Café East

Airport/ Donelson
A "meat & three" buffet-style restaurant creating comfort food that wakes up your taste buds. This place concentrates on flavor and seasoning without using too much salt or grease. Each day they feature different meats, and sides to choose from their weekly menu. Make sure to check out their chicken tortilla soup. Make sure to check out their award-winning chicken tortilla soup.

Katie's Meat & Three

Downtown - North of Broadway
Classic "meat & three" just down from Broadway in the historic Arcade. Big servings of fried chicken, meat loaf, pork chop, and fried fish with an awesome ensemble of Southern favorites for sides. Each meal served with muffin style cornbread that is sweet enough to be a dessert.

Rotier's Restaurant

West End/ Vanderbilt/ Midtown
Family owned and operated since 1945, Rotiers Restaurant has been one of the most popular restaurants in the Nashville area. Noted for their "meat & three" meals like mouth watering Southern fried chicken, slow roasted beef, pork BBQ, chicken teriyaki, and baked ham. Each meal comes with your choice of home grown vegetables and hot rolls, or cornbread.

Wendell Smith's Restaurant

Sylvan Park
Everyone slows down in this restaurant. A place to take your mind off things, and enjoy great Southern cuisine in a standard "meat & three" restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sit down, take a load off, and enjoy some good old-fashioned soul food.

Varallo's Chile Parlor & Restaurant

Downtown - North of Broadway
Varallo's, Nashville's oldest restaurant, offers a delicious plate lunch which allows guests to choose a meat and two vegetables. Including classic dishes like turkey and dressing, fried catfish, country fried steak and more!

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