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Meat & Threes?

jh75 Feb 22, 2010 05:27 PM

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

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  1. amokscience RE: jh75 Feb 22, 2010 06:36 PM

    There's a Babe's in Frisco.

    1. twinwillow RE: jh75 Feb 22, 2010 06:37 PM

      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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        OCNC RE: twinwillow Feb 23, 2010 04:28 AM

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

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          twinwillow RE: OCNC Feb 23, 2010 05:03 AM

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

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            DallasDude RE: twinwillow Feb 23, 2010 08:34 AM

            +1 Celebration.

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          ChristieP RE: twinwillow Feb 23, 2010 05:21 PM

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

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          CocoaNut RE: jh75 Feb 23, 2010 05:36 AM

          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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            twinwillow RE: CocoaNut Feb 23, 2010 06:35 AM

            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.

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              CocoaNut RE: twinwillow Feb 23, 2010 07:50 AM

              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.

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                jh75 RE: CocoaNut Feb 26, 2010 12:25 PM

                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)

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                  chipsandsalsa RE: jh75 Feb 28, 2010 01:32 PM

                  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.

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                    masnole RE: jh75 Jun 19, 2011 06:41 AM

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

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                      jh75 RE: masnole Jun 19, 2011 09:40 AM

                      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!

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              planojim RE: jh75 Feb 28, 2010 08:10 AM

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


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                kylewilliam RE: planojim Mar 2, 2010 01:18 PM

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

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                  twinwillow RE: kylewilliam Mar 2, 2010 06:25 PM

                  So is a potato!

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                jh75 RE: jh75 Jun 19, 2011 05:09 AM

                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?)

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                  foodie06 RE: jh75 Jun 19, 2011 12:35 PM

                  Highland Park Cafeteria
                  Good Eats

                  Highland Park Cafeteria
                  300 Casa Linda Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218

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                    Mike C. Miller RE: jh75 Jun 19, 2011 05:51 PM

                    Here's one that hasn't been mentioned. Kel's, on Forest Lane. By the looks of it, it's an old converted Pizza Inn building. But it's really pretty decent food. I'm especially fond of the fried squash, which is made from scratch. The chicken fried steak is quite good and the smothered steak is good, albeit with more modest portions than the CFS. A number of the staff look like they've been their since Christ was a corporal, but that just adds to the charm of the place.

                    5337 Forest Lane
                    Dallas, TX 75244

                    Menu is here: http://kelskitchendallas.com/menu.html

                    Kel's Restaurant
                    5337 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244

                    1. twinwillow RE: jh75 Jun 19, 2011 06:37 PM

                      I've got one I discovered since my last post on this topic:
                      Sweet Georgia Brown (soul food) in Oak Cliff (south Dallas). Sensational BBQ and braised meat selections with tons of cooked from scratch sides. You'll never finish what they serve you so be prepared to take home for another meal-or two!
                      Try it on a Saturday for lunch because on Sunday after church, the line is out the door. Read all the (very) positive reviews...........


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