Usually served with corn bread and a sweet tea, the 'meat and three' concept is almost purely and southern thing. 

If you're scratching your head right now wondering what I mean by meat and three, you either weren't born here or haven't lived here long. A meat and three restaurant is one that allows the customer to pick one meat from a list of daily choices and three side dishes. Meat choices typically vary between fried chicken, country ham, beef, country-fried steak, meatloaf, etc. The three side dishes usually consist of choices like vegetables, macaroni & cheese, mashed or sweet potatoes, some sort of casserole, etc.

Tuscaloosa has a few restaurants serving daily meat and three choices so let's take a look at five of them.

  • City Cafe

    Located at 408 Main Avenue in Northport, City Cafe has been a fixture of the historic downtown area since 1931. They have the ability to seat about 165 people and even so, occasionally have a line out the door at lunch.

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  • Innisfree Irish Pub

    Innisfree Irish Pub at 1925 University Blvd has an amazing array of traditional Irish fare on their menu to choose from. Each day for lunch, they mix it up by offering their Lucky Lunch special, which consists of a meat & 3 sides or your choice of soup, salad, or sandwich combo!

    Innisfree Irish Pub/Facebook
  • Southland Restaurant

    Located on Skyland Blvd. in Cottondale, Southland Restaurant has been around in different locations and under different owners since the late 1940s. With a menu that changes from day-to-day, Southland specializes in bringing unique items to their meat & three choices like salmon patties, hamburger casserole, fried chicken livers, Ruben sandwiches, and more.

    Southland Restaurant/Facebook
  • T-Town Cafe

    This 'meat and three,' located at 500 14th Street in Tuscaloosa, also offers a 'meat and two' option on their menu. Other selections include hamburgers, sandwiches and soups. T-Town Cafe also offers a full breakfast menu starting at 6 am.

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  • The Blue Plate

    With two locations in Dothan, AL and one on McFarland Blvd. in Northport, The Blue Plate has an extensive menu with enough to satisfy any sized appetite with each dish prepared in the true Southern Tradition. They also offer catering services and bulk options for you next big gathering.

    The Blue Plate