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Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: Meat-&-Three

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

I had put off giving them a try until recently, eagerly anticipating what I'd heard was authentic southern home-cooked vittles. Unfortunately, I was unpleasantly suprised. I got a rib plate to go with mac & cheese, white beans and the hot-water style cornbread hoe cakes. Roughly half of each small section of ribs was literally inedible. They'd been cooked WAY too long and were very dry and leathery. I already felt cheated, but this feeling became stronger when I realized with the first fork-full of the white beans that they were CANNED beans, with quite a bit of seasoning added in an unsuccessful attempt to both conceal this, and to keep time and labor to a minimum related to preparing actual home-cooked beans which require nothing more than a cold-water pre-soak and some ham hock and salt & pepper to result in an extremely tasty and therapeutic dish. The mac & cheese was pretty decent as was the cornbread, however the cornbread was room-temp at best and it was obvious it had been 'on standby' for a while since it left the skillet or fryer. My gut feeling (no pun intended) is to give them a second shot and order up different items the next time, but in my mind the canned white beans speaks volumes regarding their management/quality control ethics. There's not many things more annoying to me than springing eight or nine dollars for wanna-be southern quisine when that amount (and LESS) will buy you a very substantial and satisfying sit-down meal at other viable restaurants in the very same area of town.

Posted by Grouper Grubber on 03/10/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Cock of the Walk

Very small menu, but if catfish, chicken and steak are you thing, your in luck. This is the specialty. It brings to life What back porch dining is all about, very southern and very casual. Prices are reasonable and the food is plentiful. Come hungry and be prepared to take a doggie bag home. Great place for large groups and families. This is a no frills place but worth the trip! When you have something this good, you do not need an 8 page menu.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Yvonne Wroten Greenside on 12/24/2011 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

Excellent meat and three. Really liked the roast beef, mashed potatoes, and fried corn.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chris Williams on 11/15/2011 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

Really nice little place to pick up lunch. I had a hamburger, fries, and chocolate shake. Everything was delicious! The waitress we had was also very friendly. All around great atmosphere and food.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Kristi McMurry on 09/28/2011 at 1:24 PM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

Average food, bad service, crummy plastic decor...not really what you'd expect at these prices. The music was just...OK.
I'm sure they just rent BB Kings name and that he doesn't have anything to do woth the running of the place. better take a loom Riley! Its your name on the marquee!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CITYBOY on 09/21/2011 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

My husband and I have been to this little place a dozen times. We have recommended them to several of our friends. Although we have never felt comfortable w/the atmosphere/attitude of the staff and surroundings (very dumpy), we have tried to patronize this place because they are a minority owned business. I have a saying, "I don't pay for bad service". I have put this saying aside many many times in this place because the staff always seem to be attitudal, angry, and unprofessional. They make you feel as though you are a bother rather than a valued customer. No one ever says.. hello, welcome, thank you, or come back to see us. I can't recall ever noticing a score (too distracted by the attitudes). As of right now, we are done! My husband and I will not continue to put our money into a place that obviously does not care anything about its customers, and care even less about offering their customers a decent, clean establishment. You can't even sit down in this place without someone's butt in your face, or them stepping on your toes. It's painfully apparent that they have no intentions of doing anything except pocketing their profits. For the record.... The greens are always dry (could do w/a little meat grease, and vinegar) the mac and cheese is awful (need to use better cheese and cream) I had the sweet potatoes once and said..never would I make that mistake again! They normally keep the dessert behind the serving area, but noticed that some are now in the drink cooler. Decided to try one and the cake was stale. So long B &C. You have lost two very good customers. The sad part about it is... We don't think that they even care.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by penn1725 on 09/13/2011 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Elliston Place Soda Shop

Best chocolate shake in Tennessee

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tony ellis on 07/21/2011 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

My parents - visiting from out of state - wanted to try this out. Because I am well aware of the portions at meat-n-three's around here, I got the pulled pork sandwich which was average. The BBQ sauce was not the kind of sauce that I like - too sweet with no other options besides...well...sweet BBQ sauce.
However, my parents got the ribs and two sides which were fantastic (and were miserable the rest of the day...this is why I chose the sandwich). I didn't want to wait 20 min. for the fried chicken or I would have probably given this a five star rating. Atmosphere is exactly what it should be...little to no style, limited seating, and B-movies on the small TV for your viewing pleasure. Isn't that what you are looking for in a place like this?
If you want to go in there and have a conversation with the server, don't do it. It's not gonna happen. Don't talk on your cell phone unless you are done ordering and paying for your food. They are there to serve you a big plate of goodness and don't want to mess with the small talk or customers holding up the line while they ask their buddy if they want mild or hot BBQ sauce. Get in there, stuff yourself silly and get out. 'Nuff said.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by acj405 on 07/21/2011 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Arnold's Country Kitchen

This is the best meat and 3 in Nashville, no -best in the state, no - maybe in the South. I have eaten there dozens of times and never been disappointed.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Big R on 06/01/2011 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Bailey and Cato Family Restaurant

As far as meat-and-threes go, this one just doesn't hold up. The atmosphere is dumpy/awesome, but they skimp on some of the offerings, for instance it's an abomination for a meat-and-three restaurant to serve fake mashed potatoes like B&C does. I get take-out only as it's usually really busy and has little room. We have eaten here several times, and have never been fully impressed. If you're in the mood for soul food, Southern Bred (five minutes away) has MUCH better food and plenty of room to sit.

Posted by ybhco on 05/10/2011 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Wendell Smith's

Everyone who is anyone from Nashville knows where to go for the best meat and three in Tennessee. Wendell's With the same recipes they have had for 60 years and fresh warm banana pudding out of the oven. There is nothing on the menu that isn't by itself the best food around town. And the hospitality is always warm and they know your name.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by getwest on 03/17/2011 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Hermitage Cafe

When I lived in Nashville this was my favorite after hours spot to come to! My ex and I even wrote a skit based loosely on the cook!

Posted by dweinchick on 02/09/2011 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Loveless Cafe

I love this place, the food, the atmosphere, the history, the wait staff and the prices. If you go on the weekend for breakfast be prepared for a long but well worth wait. This is a place I ALWAYS take friends from out-of-town.

Posted by itsmyfirstday on 01/17/2011 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Carl's Perfect Pig

Simply the best BBQ anywhere!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brad Jackson on 11/09/2010 at 10:49 AM

Re: “B.B. King's Blues Club

Always ejoy myself at BB Kings.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Elboogie on 09/14/2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Beacon Light Tea Room

I grew up eating at the Beacon Light and I greatly enjoyed eating there. It has a very down home atmosphere. You felt comfortable to come in your Sunday Best or just jeans and a t-shirt. They serve good old country cooking.

Posted by Wickedactress09 on 08/31/2010 at 5:08 PM

Re: “The Bluebird Cafe

Mr. Wayne Jerrolds will be back at the Bluebird on June 27th, 2010.
He is the Founder of the Savannah Bluegrass Festival now in it's 32nd year and will be July 2nd and 3rd on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River in Savannah Tennessee at the Wayne Jerrolds River Park.
Yes, he was one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and he has invented and patented the "fid-o-lin" ( fiddle on one side and mandolin on the other"
Come out to the Bluebird on June 27th... YOU Will not be disappointed!!

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Posted by Freeda on 06/17/2010 at 6:43 AM

Re: “The Bluebird Cafe

June 27, Wayne Jerrolds will be back at the Bluebird. Come on out... YOU will not be dissapointed.

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Posted by Freeda on 06/17/2010 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Beacon Light Tea Room

Fair prices, hometown atmosphere, large enuf portions and great suthrin cookin..THAT is the Beaconlight!
Wonderful ho-made hot biscuits 'by the basketfull' and they feature two kinds of ho-made preserves daily. You may wanna even buy some jars of preserves!
My personal favorite meal is country ham, home fries and scrambled eggs w biscuits and either sourgum or peach preserves and gravy!! ...aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Come HUNGRY!!! Leave happy!! Fred Arnold

Posted by Fred762 on 06/14/2010 at 1:31 PM

Re: “City Café East

I always eat here when I come to town - the food is spectacular. There are many choices everyday, and everything I've ever tried has been great. My favorite has to be the cajun cornbread (very sweet) and the roast beef (tender and can be cooked to order if you ask). The dishes are all staples, but they are spiced and cooked a unique way that makes the meal surprising and enjoyable. All of the people who work here are very kind and seriously care whether you're enjoying your meal and your stay. The desserts (if you have room after all the good filling food) are also good, especially the pecan pie.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by atw663 on 05/23/2010 at 4:00 PM

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