Southern comfort food is a must during a Nashville vacation, and there’s no better way to experience it than sitting down to a “meat-and-three” at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. The family-owned, cafeteria-style restaurant has been serving up Southern and soul food since 1982 and was recognized with a James Beard American Classics Award in 2009. You’ll likely find a line outside this lunch-only spot, but it moves quickly. Grab a tray and load up with daily specials such as fried chicken, sugar-cured ham and country-fried steak, surrounded by sides including turnip greens, mashed potatoes and black-eyed peas. Forget the diet and dive into a dessert menu that features banana pudding, spicy chocolate pie and a selection of seasonal treats.