One of Nashville’s most beloved meat-and-threes is Swett’s (2725 Clifton Ave., 615/329-4418, daily 11 a.m.–8 p.m., $7–10), family owned and operated since 1954. People come from all over the city to eat at this North Nashville institution, which combines soul food and Southern cooking with great results. The food here is homemade and authentic, down to the real mashed potatoes, the vinegary greens, and the yeast rolls.
Swett’s is set up cafeteria style. Start by grabbing dessert—the pies are excellent—and then you move on to the good stuff: Country-fried steak, pork chops, meatloaf, fried catfish, and ham are a few of the usual suspects. A standard plate comes with one meat, two sides, and a serving of either yeast roll or corn bread, but you can add more sides if you like. Draw your own iced tea—sweet or unsweet—at the end and then find a seat, if you can.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition