Memphis does soul food in a myriad of ways. One of the most popular (and most affordable) is the standard meat and three. There are few places in town that do it better than Four Way Restaurant in the Soulsville neighborhood in South Memphis. This was a popular lunch spot for Civil Rights leaders in the 1960s.
First, select your protein. Popular options include friend chicken, salmon croquet, baked fish, country fried steak, fried catfish, pot roast and liver and onions. My personal favorite is the turkey and dressing. It even comes with a dollop of cranberry sauce - just like Thanksgiving.
After you've picked your meat, choose a couple of vegetable side items like boiled okra, green tomatoes (pickled or fried), buttered corn, broccoli and cheese, turnip greens, pinto beans, English peas, mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese. And yes, mashed potatoes and macaroni are both considered vegetables. This is the South after all. Then decide if you want a roll or corn muffin, and you're all done.
For those who want simpler decisions, you can avoid all the choices by going for a burger, hotdog or catfish sandwich.
Finish off your meal with a slice of strawberry cake or some peach cobbler. Any dessert can be served a la mode, as they should be.
Four Way Restaurant
998 Mississippi Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38126