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Mar 15, 2012 12:04 AM

Looking for a "Meat and Three" around the Austin area.

I'm looking for a southern style restaurant that serves one meat with 3 sides of vegetables, I know that sounds silly but "Meat and Three" restaurants are very common style found in Tennessee and I'm trying to impress a girl who's a little homesick. I want to surprise her by taking her too a place where she can get some comfort food. She has joked about how food around here always just come with 2 sides. Can anyone out there help me out?

It doesn't have to be in the Austin vicinity. I'm totally open to day trips to San Antonio, Houston and any small town in between

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  1. Hoover's NW offered a meat and three special. They're no longer open, but the original on Manor might offer it as well. Can anyone confirm? Otherwise, their regular menu is essentially meat and two sides, but they're huge portions.

    1. I don't know of any, but I'm very interested in finding such restaurants (I'm trying to have a little protein and lots of veggies with meals). I've been resorting to a la carte options at restaurants that have lots of veggie options (like Kerbey Lane and Threadgills and Hoover's).

      1. Threadgills has a "meat & three."

        1. Yep, it seems like most places here usually only serve two sides, but you can always just order an extra side.

          Hoover's is pretty good, and so is Hill's Cafe. Both can be pretty lackluster if you've been to some of the amazing meat n' three places you'll find in the deep south, but as far as my experiences go, they're the best options in Austin. That could be a totally incorrect statement, of course, as I haven't been to every restaurant in town, so I'd REALLY love to hear if there are some better options. This is the kind of food I grew up on, and I miss it.

          With respect to your comment about places outside of Austin, Maxine's in Bastrop is supposed to be great, but I haven't been. I really wanna check it out sometime soon; it tied Queen Lola's for no.1 in the Fearless Critic for southern food.

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          1. re: popvulture

            Don't actually eat at Lola's, just give her a donation. It's a one person operation and it takes forever to get an entree.

            1. re: Rptrane

              Yeah I left her out of the list because she's such a small operation and you never know what you're gonna get or how it's gonna turn out. Lacks the consistent, assembly line nature of your typical meat n' threes place.

          2. Southern Hospitality has some darned fine food, but it's buffet and lunch only. Call ahead to see if they're open - I think there's a new baby and they took some time off to focus on that.

            Royer's Round Top Cafe is about 1.5 hours away and a bit upscale, but fabulous - - limited hours there as well, make sure you're going at the right time.

            But neither place comes with a third side standard, I'm afraid. Even the Lu Ann platter at Luby's is a meat-and-two.