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Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN - (615) 256-4455
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/14/2008 2:23:00 PM
"Just about the very best meat-and-three … wildly popular with lawyers, Music Row notables, and working stiffs," is how Arnold's was described to us many years ago by a cyberfoodie who had written primarily to praise the macaroni and cheese at Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in Pasadena, California. We know Roscoe's mac 'n' cheese, and we love it; so we took this tip seriously and found ourselves in a short cafeteria line one day among a crowd of hungry locals pushing towards the food. On the wall were signed photographs of local and national celebrities singing the praises of Arnold's roast beef, meat loaf, fried oysters, and cream pies.

That day we piled our trays with hunks of fried chicken, whipped potatoes and gravy, turnip greens, corn muffins, and slices of lightweight but heavy-flavored chocolate pie as well as classical Dixie banana pudding with vanilla wafers in the custard. Delicious, from first bite to last! Arnold's has since become one of our favorite places to eat in Nashville, and a definitive meat and three eatery.

It's a funky little place that doesn't look like much from the outside – just a squat cinderblock building now painted red. But at high noon, expect to wait for a seat (and perhaps to share a table with strangers). To Music City eaters who know good food, this little restaurant is a country star.

Note Arnold's very limited hours of operation: lunch only, Monday through Friday.

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If ever there is an 'Encyclopedia of Excellent American Food' that needs an illustration of a classic Mid-South meat-and-three meal, we would submit this photo taken by buffetbuster. It is meat loaf accompanied by green beans, squash casserole, and mac 'n' cheese.
"If ever there is an 'Encyclopedia of Excellent American Food' that needs an illustration of a classic Mid-South meat-and-three meal, we would submit this photo taken by buffetbuster. It is meat loaf accompanied by green beans, squash casserole, and mac 'n' cheese."
Michael Stern





Flat, griddle-cooked cornbread is common in Nashville.  Try to get yours fresh from the pan.  They don't keep well.
"Flat, griddle-cooked cornbread is common in Nashville. Try to get yours fresh from the pan. They don't keep well."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Arnold's also serves traditional chess pie without the meringue topping, like this perfect wedge.  You'd be hard-pressed to find a better version in Nashville.
"Arnold's also serves traditional chess pie without the meringue topping, like this perfect wedge. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better version in Nashville."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Arnold's offers two kinds of cornbread: skillet-cooked and a cornbread muffin. The flat one is an excellent gravy mopper. The muffin is good for crumbling onto greens. (buffetbuster photo)
"Arnold's offers two kinds of cornbread: skillet-cooked and a cornbread muffin. The flat one is an excellent gravy mopper. The muffin is good for crumbling onto greens. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Fish and three: fried catfish with greens, fresh tomatoes, and mac and cheese.
"Fish and three: fried catfish with greens, fresh tomatoes, and mac and cheese."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Black-eyed peas are served in their creamy cooking liquid.
"Black-eyed peas are served in their creamy cooking liquid."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Chess pie is usually flat, served plain. Arnold's is capped with meringue and it is fantastic. (buffetbuster photo)
"Chess pie is usually flat, served plain. Arnold's is capped with meringue and it is fantastic. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Plate lunch at Arnold's.
"Plate lunch at Arnold's. "
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Banana pudding is a rarity in many regions of the country, but it is a common dessert throughout the South. Arnold's is especially nummy. (buffetbuster photo)
"Banana pudding is a rarity in many regions of the country, but it is a common dessert throughout the South. Arnold's is especially nummy. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Left to right: corn cake, pork chop with gravy, mac 'n' cheese, okra, banana pudding, and black-eyed peas.
"Left to right: corn cake, pork chop with gravy, mac 'n' cheese, okra, banana pudding, and black-eyed peas."
John Clevenger


Meat-and-three menus tend to be no-frills. But to connoisseurs of hot lunch, the simple words here promise untold deliciousness. (buffetbuster photo)
"Meat-and-three menus tend to be no-frills. But to connoisseurs of hot lunch, the simple words here promise untold deliciousness. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


The line forms to the right.  Carry a tray to the table of your choice.
"The line forms to the right. Carry a tray to the table of your choice."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The doors open at 10:45 am, and not too long after 11am most days, you will wait in line. Arnold's excellence is no secret. (buffetbuster photo)
"The doors open at 10:45 am, and not too long after 11am most days, you will wait in line. Arnold's excellence is no secret. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern



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