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.
Photo by Kenny Brown
These days, Dallas’s West Lovers Lane area is better known for upscale boutiques than down-home cooking. But long-time residents know some of the city’s tastiest pot roast and freshest vegetables wait down the road at Celebration. Since 1971, the laid-back eatery has served classic Southern cuisine with a Texas flair. Diners sitting inside the fieldstone restaurant or outside on the patio dig into plates of spiced-just-right meatloaf and squash casserole topped with garlic and Cheddar cheese. Best of all, there’s no charge for second helpings.
Don’t Miss: The slightly lumpy (so you know they’re definitely homemade) mashed potatoes
4503 West Lovers Lane; celebrationrestaurant.com or 214-351-5681