Arnold's Meat and Three Nashville

Arnold’s Meat and Three Nashville

When you travel south in the USA, eventually you will hear the term “meat and three.”

So, what is a “meat and three”?

“In the cuisine of the Southern United States, a meat and three restaurant is one where the customer picks one meat from a daily selection of three to six choices (such as fried chicken, country ham, beef, country-fried steak, meatloaf, or pork chop and three side dishes from a list that may include up to a dozen other options (usually vegetables, potatoes, corn, green or lima beans, but also other selections such as gelatin, creamed corn, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti).

“A meat-and-three meal is often served with cornbread and sweet tea. Meat and three is popular throughout the country, but its roots can be traced to Tennessee and its capital of Nashville….” Wikipedia

In the “meat and Three” tradition springs Nashville’s own “Arnold’s” at 605 8th Ave S., Nashville, Tennessee.

Recently renovated, Arnold’s has been a staple of the greater Nashville community since 1981 when Jack Arnold opened up the Southern Meat & 3. Jack had grown up in Asheville where he learned how to cook the “old southern way” from his mother. While attending Vanderbilt University, where he worked in the cafeteria to pay for his tuition, Jack was offered the opportunity to take over the rent at a restaurant on Nashville’s 8th Ave that couldn’t make it’s way. Jack snapped up the opportunity and quickly made the menu his own. He made use of all of his favorite recipes from his lifetime of learning Southern Cooking and the concept of  “Meat and Three.” He called the restaurant “Arnold’s Country Kitchen” and Arnold’s is going stronger than ever, now run by Jack’s family.

Not to be missed!

Recently Arnold’s has opened up a 2nd location in Green Hills at 2209 Abbot Martin Road.

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