Call them meat-and-threes, cafeterias, mom-and-pops, or diners. Whatever the name, these local spots keep it delicious by serving great Southern food. Here are our favorites―and their signature dishes―from Maryland to Texas.
Owners Jack and Rose Arnold have been serving country music stars, downtown workers, and ordinary folk in their little red restaurant for 27 years. You’ll usually find Jack and several of his children in the kitchen, turning out some of the city’s best fried chicken, roast beef, and fried green tomatoes. Lunch and dinner also come with your choice of baked or grilled cornbread.
Don’t miss: The creamiest banana pudding you’ll ever eat. It’s one of Arnold’s down-home dishes that helped the restaurant earn a James Beard Foundation “America’s Classics” award this year.
605 8th Avenue South; 615-256-4455