Richmond: Jackson’s Restaurant Carries On the Meat & Three Tradition
The traditional meat-and-three, like most traditional restaurants, has fallen on hard times. Not that they’re not popular, but just as the local burger joint has to fight the chains, so do meat-and-threes. Those in many ways most devoted to traditional food are also the ones most inclined to run off to Cracker Barrel and its prepackaged Disney World nostalgia.
That’s why finding a place like Jackson’s Restaurant in Richmond is always an encouragement. Just off Main Street on South 3rd you can find your meat-and-three or two or even just one.
My friend Dave and I were eager to try Jackson’s out, and arriving right at lunch time we found the place buzzing. The tables were filled and the line substantial. This is a good sign.
Service is cafeteria style. You choose your meat and then whatever sides you want. Neither of us could resist the country fried steak, a standard of the meat-and-three. Jackson’s offers their corn bread as a hoe cake, which is a unique move on their part. It avoids the often overly dry cornbread one finds too frequently.
I tried the green beans as a side (good), and also a bit of Dave’s greens when he wasn’t looking (a potential danger of eating out with me–and also good).
The country fried steak and mashed potatoes were very good, worthy of the meat-and-three tradition.
And what would such a restaurant be without a wide offering of meringue topped pies? I ordered a slice of coconut cream and found to my delight that for first time patrons dessert is free. I would have liked a little more coconut in the cream, but who can resist coconut cream pie?
Jackson’s, although only a few years old, is the sort of place that could have existed in the same spot for decades, where you’re likely to be called “honey” multiple times. When you’re in Richmond, don’t fail to visit Jackson’s. May its kind grow and prosper.
203 S Third Street
Monday – Saturday: 6:30 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 7 pm