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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekend Cooking- Arnold's Kitchen in Nashville

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My husband had a conference in Nashville last week, so I got to sightsee while he worked and golfed. I did my research, as I always do, and had to find us the restaurants where we were going to eat.

The one place that kept showing up on many "Best of Nashville" list was Arnold's Kitchen. Owned by the same family for 40 years, it's a small, one story cement building that looks more like a garage than a restaurant. It's the kind of place where you'll find the mayor dining at a table next to a guy who works in the sanitation department- everyone loves Arnold's!
Arnold's Kitchen exterior

They only serve lunch, and it's a place where you find the people who live in Nashville, not the tourists. You walk in and see a cafeteria-style line, like you'd find in school. On the back wall is a chalkboard with the daily menu.The first stop is desserts, where we picked up pecan pie.
Arnold's menu board

Then it's on to the Meat + 3, as they call it in Nashville. You choose one meat; our choices that day included fried chicken, kielbasa and sauerkraut, catfish, liver and onions and our choice, carved roast beef. Then you choose your sides; we got mac and cheese and fried apples.

The food was so fantastic! The roast beef was tender and juicy and with the au jus, it was just heaven. They know how to do mac and cheese down South, and it was just an explosion of cheese in your mouth. The fried apples were crunchy and sweet.
My fantastic lunch

The pecan pie was the best I had ever had, and we were so happy that we made Arnold's our last stop on our way to the airport. If you ever find yourselves in Nashville, do yourselves a favor and find Arnold's Kitchen and stop by for lunch.


  1. Mmmmm! Pecan pie!! This place sounds like something both my husband and I would love to eat at. There is a restaurant just outside of Nashville that we tried to eat at when we were driving through (can't remember the name but Beth Fish had mentioned it). Unfortunately we didn't think we were going the right way, didn't have Internet, and turned around when we were about 5 minutes away! There's nothing better than southern home cooking!

  2. Oh man. Now I want to drive down there just for the lunch. Really. that looks and sounds both fun and delicious.

  3. I absolutely love hole in the wall places like this where the food is delicious...and I also love me some Southern comfort food! I'll definitely try this place out if I ever end up in Nashville!

  4. Sounds fantastic! Pecan pie is my favorite!

  5. Wow, that's some lunch. Everything looks hearty and delicious.

  6. Sounds like a fun place. Cheers from Carole's chatter

  7. My husband and I have been talking about heading south for a vacation. I'll definitely keep this in mind if we hit Nashville. I love restaurants like this!