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Feb 22, 2010 05:27 PM

Meat & Threes?

Are there any good "meat & three" place in Dallas / Plano / Frisco?

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  1. There's a Babe's in Frisco.

    1. The closest to a "meat & 3" in Dallas that come to mind would be, Celebration, (dinner only) Mama's Daughter's Diner, and possibly, The Mecca and Norma's.

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      1. re: twinwillow

        CElebration is the best! They are open for lunch twinnie.

        1. re: OCNC

          Right. They are open for lunch. I eat lunch there often but, they don't do the "meat & three" for lunch. Just at dinner.

        2. re: twinwillow

          Mama's Daughter and Mecca are both family favorites for me. I adore Mama's Daughter's coconut and chocolate cream pies, too!

        3. Hmmm.... have never heard the "meat & three phrase". If you find yourself west of D/FW, there's the Dixie House Cafe, 183 in Euless w/multiple locations in FW (no connection to Gene Street's Dallas Dixie House) and FW's Paris Cafe, really bland, not recommended.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            The term "meat & three" is commonly used to describe entree's served at many Southern and Midwestern "family" cafeteria style restaurants. The price of the entree includes a meat protein and three sides chosen from the menu or serving line. I think Mama's & Daughter's Diner is the best example of a "meat & three" in Dallas. However, The Original Market Diner on Harry Hines offers the same type of menu as well.

            1. re: twinwillow

              Yeah, got that figured out after reading the first several responses. odd, I grew up in the very deep south and ate at many, many cafeterias along the way. never saw it or heard it, but is a good abbreviation for a meal.

              1. re: CocoaNut

                It's a common term in middle part of the South (Nashville, etc). Lots of restaurants like this. I don't think they use that terminology at all in the deep South (at least not in Louisiana / South MS)

                1. re: jh75

                  Agreed. Generally, in the middle South, you're much more likely to hear the "Blue Plate Special" term, or just "Blue Plate" for meat & veg lunches, at least in my experience.

                  1. re: jh75

                    Rotiers in Nashville is the place the springs to mind for me........great little place.

                    1. re: masnole

                      I haven't tried that one in Nashville. I'll have to put it on the list as we travel there a few times a year. Thanks!

            2. Poor Richard's Cafe in Plano is pretty decent meat and 3 type place for lunch.


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              1. re: planojim

                the best thing about meat n threes is that mac and cheese is considered a vegetable.

              2. Bumping for new suggestions.... Of the ones we've tried, I like Celebration, but not Babe's (Seriously, no sweet tea?!) or Mama's Daughters (we tried the Plano location a few times - is there much difference between them?)