"The fried okra nubbins are just asking to be snacked on pre-cash register."
2610 Jefferson Street, Nashville TN 37208 (map); 615-329-1909
Hours: Open 7 days a week.
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Many restaurants in Nashville are closed on Sundays and Mondays, but Harper's—the cafeteria-style soul food restaurant near Tennessee State University—isn't. And that was sure a good thing this week when bundles of people filed in here after the annual Martin Luther King Day march to the university.
Instead of the usual Southern tradition of "Meat and Three" (your choice of one meat and three sides—a beautiful thing), Harper's does Meat and Two. But don't worry, you'll still leave here plenty full.
Grab a plastic tray and begin the buffet line with dessert options (chess pie, fruit pies, banana pudding)—or if you're like me and couldn't think backwards, just come back for that later. Next, point to your meat: baked or fried chicken (always on special for $5.95), a big slab of fried catfish ($8.40), meatloaf ($7.30), or ribs ($9.95 for spare ribs, $10.75 for baby-back). The menu noted a few other "meats" but these seemed to be the big-sellers.