Meat and threes are casual, cafeteria style restaurants found all over the South that specialize in simple, homey dishes consisting of a meat served with three vegetable dishes (hence the three). The meat can be just about anything the cook felt like making that day, from fried chicken to barbequed pork to Salisbury steak, and vegetables could mean anything, really, like mashed potatoes, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, or green beans. They are usually inexpensive and attract people from all walks of life to sit and enjoy a hearty meal.