Can someone please tell me what is up with the meat n’ three obsession?
Around here in South Carolina, we have these restaurants called “meat n’ three’s.” It’s a cafeteria style restaurant where you can order one “meat” and two or three sides for a set price. I put the word “meat” in quotations because it’s not just a choice of chicken or roast beef. You can choose from lasagna, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, baked chicken, meatballs, ham or some type of baked fish. The side dish options are usually things like baked macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, greens, lima beans, pickled beets, okra and tomatoes or a broccoli casserole (most of those things I would typically say I like).
These restaurants are extremely popular around here – we pass two on our short drive home from church that have a line out the door every week. Paul and I have tried several of the local “meat n’three’s” and we just don’t get it! The food isn’t terrible – it’s just okay. We have literally hundreds of amazing restaurants in a twenty mile radius, so why do people go back to the local meat n’ three every week?
I’m guessing it’s what they grew up eating at their mama’s and grandmama’s table every Sunday. My friend Christy Jordan always says, “If that’s the way your mama makes ____, then that’s the right way to make it!” So if your mama makes that weird baked mac and cheese that isn’t creamy at all, I can tell you where to find a big pan of it every Sunday. 🙂
I always wanted so desperately to be a true Southerner. Can I get a pass on the “meat n’ three’s” since I say yes ma’am and watch the Kentucky Derby every year?
On The Menu
- Bagels & Cream Cheese
- Peanut Butter Toast
- Eggs & Bacon
- Fish Sticks
- Pepperoni Pizza Dip on Toasted French Bread
- The Best Sunday Roast (it really is!)/Mashed Potatoes/Green Beans
- Chicken & Dumplings/Peas
- Taco Salads/Peaches
- Mini Meatloaves/Creamy Mac & Cheese 🙂 /Salad
- Cheese Tortellini with Pasta Sauce/Salad/Garlic Bread
- Date Night