Zarzour's of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a family-run lunch-only restaurant serving homey meat-and-3 meals, superb hamburgers, and millionaire pie for dessert.
Arnold's is one of the best restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, for a meat and 3 meal, from fried chicken and veggies to chocolate pie and banana pudding.
Skillet-fried chicken packs wickedly brittle crust at the Beacon Light outside Nashville. Also excellent: hash brown casserole, biscuits and peach preserves.
Memphis glory: Gus's fried chicken is cased in an envelope of crust with vigorous crunch, radiating the ecstatic flavor combination of chicken fat and pepper.