Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Review by: Michael Stern


“Just about the very best meat-and-three … wildly popular with lawyers, Music Row notables, and working stiffs,” is how Arnold’s Country Kitchen was described to us many years ago by a correspondent. We took the 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.

What to eat at Arnold’s Country Kitchen

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 joint 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.

What To Eat

Chess Pie

Banana Pudding

Meat Loaf (& 3 Vegetables)


Pulled Pork

Black-Eyed Peas

Fried Catfish


Arnold’s Country Kitchen Recipes


What do you think of Arnold’s Country Kitchen?

3 Responses to “Arnold’s Country Kitchen”


January 18th, 2023

Arnold’s has closed


    Branden Shortt

    January 30th, 2023

    Thank you for the update!


Gayle Lopes

October 22nd, 2021

Terrible! I got takeout based on this review about 2 weeks ago. First time ever a Road Food review was a fail. Fried catfish was lukewarm and tasted and smelled musty…ate 2 bites and gave up. Cauliflower casserole was salty and oily. Green beans ok. Chess pie was made with corn syrup I believe…

I spent over $15 and basically threw it away.


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