Let's just see how southern you are. When I say "meat and three" do you immediately know what I mean? Does a particular restaurant come to your mind? Or are you sitting there scratching your head saying "three what?"
"A meat and three is a style of food, a name for a restaurant that serves it, and a Southern tradition. A meat and three is a casual—frequently extremely casual—Southern diner that serves meat entrées accompanied by three side dishes. Your meat options frequently include fried chicken, roast turkey, roast beef and gravy, fried flounder, or perhaps a pork chop, though sometimes neck bones, chitlins, and fried bologna sandwiches appear on the menu. Sides might include collard greens, rice and gravy, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, mashed potatoes, fried okra, turnip greens, squash casserole, steamed broccoli with cheese sauce, lima beans, carrot salad, and coleslaw. Cornbread and sweet iced tea are usually included in the price" (quote from chow.com).
For me, when I think of a meat and three, I think about Jeneanes Cafe located in the heart of Macon, Georgia. I went to law school in Macon and clerked for a federal judge who ate there EVERY DAY. It was a way of life. Judge Fitzpatrick (or simply, "Judge" as he was called) used to gather his staff at noon each day to head on over for a meat and three. Jeneanes is famous for its meatloaf and fixins, but nothing tops her chocolate pie!
My favorites included the meatloaf, fried okra, collard greens and the mac and cheese. Don't forget to order the glass of tea (if you ask for anything else, you may get kicked out!)
Quite honestly, everything on the menu is devine! If you're ever in Macon, Georgia you'll have to be sure to stop in. Don't worry about the address, just ask any local to point you in the direction of "Jeneanes" and you'll get there - "it's just down the road a piece".
I found a great reference guide to "meat and threes" all over the country, check out http://www.meatandthree.com/ (appropriate domain name don't you think?)