Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Teagan and I ate at Arnold’s Country Kitchen — a Meat-and-3 in Nashville.  Its a hugely popular weekday lunch restaurant and was a James Beard Award winner a few years ago.  It has also been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network.

The menu varies a bit each day.  Since they had chicken and dumplings, I decided to get it along with turnip greens, fried green tomatoes and corn bread.  Teagan got the meat loaf with mashed potatoes, white beans and corn bread.

My dish was great.  The chicken and dumplings was sparse on actual chicken, but it had a wealth of chicken flavor.  The dumplings were cooked just right and the seasoning was good.  The turnip greens were very good, also.  But the star for me was the fried green tomatoes.  They had a crunchy crust that packed a wealth of tomato flavor.  I don’t know how they got so much tomato goodnes into the crust, but it was really good.

Teagan liked her meatloaf with gravy quite a bit, along with the creamy smooth mashed potatoes and her white beans.  The meatloaf sauce was sweet but had good flavor to it as well. The white beans were pretty good as well. We both liked the corn muffin and the corn cake, which is unusual since we usually have different opinions on corn bread products.  Apparently, the corn bread was just sweet and rich enough that it satisfied Teagan, but not so much so that it put me off.

We arrived there at about 1:45 p.m., so the line was not bad.  We waited less than 10 minutes.  The restaurant workers were on a first-name basis with many of the customers.  They were very energetic and upbeat as though they enjoy what they do.  All-in-all, this was an excellent dining experience.