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West Tennessee's "Meat-and-Three" Restaurants: Where Soul Meets the South

If you're looking for a taste of Tennessee, you can't go wrong with a Meat-and-Three restaurant. They typically serve a meat dish and three side dishes, hence the name "meat and three."

The tastiest dishes are often homemade and made with fresh ingredients, which adds to their appeal. Additionally, these restaurants provide a welcoming and cozy atmosphere that makes diners feel at home.

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This is Part 2 of a 3-part blog post series where we take a look at the best from across the state.

Here's our list of some of the most notable West Tennessee Meat-and-Three restaurants from decades-old mom & pop diners to buffets, large eateries, and more.



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317 N Main Street, Memphis 38103

Soul food, southern-style cuisine, Meat-and-Three meals, down-home eats, your grandma’s cooking—whatever you call it, at Alcenia’s it’s always handmade to order from scratch with love.

Heart to heart. Soul to soul.


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56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson 38305

Brook Shaw's Old Country Store has been serving West Tennessee and beyond since 1965.

Their World Famous Buffet brings back memories of Grandmother's home, as well as a taste of new items, soon to become favorites!

Favorites such as sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, and turnip greens can be paired with delicious meats like catfish or fried chicken to make the perfect plate!


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6479 Winchester Rd Suite 105, Memphis 38115

With over 20 years of experience, and based on a perfect mix of traditional and modern recipes, Bones and Yams proudly offers the best foods in the area.

They have Meat-and-Two options for lunch, and their food is truly at the height of Southern soul food!


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132 West Liberty Avenue, Covington 38019

At Court Square Cafe you will find good home-cooking and a wonderful family atmosphere

They offer a daily Meat-and-Three (or Two) special.


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215 E Baltimore St, Jackson 38301

Dixie Castle has been locally owned for over 20 years by Mark and Regina Hudgens. Dixie Castle features a daily plate with a Meat-and-Three sides for lunch, along with a lunch menu.

In the evening, the menu includes steaks, chicken, pork chops, and shrimp.


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1895 Highway 69 S, Paris 38242

"The Hottest Little Place in Paris!"

Everything you eat at Southside Cafe is made to order.

Catfish, burgers, plate lunches and breakfast anytime of day!


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302 W Wood St, Paris 38242

Take Me Back Cafe serves vinegar coleslaw, hush puppies, potato salad and the "Knott’s Burger," a double cheeseburger made with a family recipe. Their Lunch Plates offer a great variety of sides on a daily basis.

Customers can enjoy a family-style fish dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, where people can begin dining with various side dishes before enjoying a fish entree.


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1400 Union Ave, Memphis 38104

The Cupboard Restaurant is a true Memphis gem!

Established in 1943, this beloved establishment has been a staple of the community for over 76 years. Not only is it a local favorite, but it's also a go-to spot for visiting celebrities who crave some good old-fashioned down-home cooking.

After all, who can resist the temptation of a hearty meal after too much "road food"?



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