Restaurant Review: Grace Meat + Three
Grace Meat + Three (Grace) is a consistent favorite of my family’s - whether it be the creative yet approachable food, the friendly owners and staff, or the large and inviting restaurant space. Meat ‘n Three or Meat + Three, in this case, refers to a Southern term for serving proteins with a variety of side dishes to choose from. Grace puts its own unique spin on this Southern experience with a menu featuring staples like catfish, fried chicken, corn bread, and collard greens...but also seasonal options like squash with sunflower seed pesto or a tomato salad with charred onion vinaigrette. The proteins and sides are both equally delicious here!
My favorite protein at Grace is the catfish. Its light cornmeal exterior, the perfect amount of spice, green tomato relish, and comeback sauce (mayo and chili sauce based) make for a winning combination of flavors and textures. My favorite sides are the Gouda mac ‘n cheese, marinated beets, and whatever seasonal veggie they are serving usually with a delightful pesto, harissa, or some other creative sauce. I like mixing up my sides to include a tangy and a creamy type. My husband always raves about the ribs with a sugar glaze. They also have daily specials that change seasonally. In the past, I’ve enjoyed the creole spiced prime rib with horseradish creme and a crispy trout po’boy. Recently, we were impressed with the Sunday special- turkey pot pie with herb gnocchi, as well as the seasonal salted pear salad (both pictured below and all I can say is, wow!!).
Grace is on a corner spot along a mile long stretch on Manchester Road in the popular area called The Grove. This stretch offers a lot - coffee shops, a brewery, numerous restaurants, and much more. The restaurant itself has ample seating (they just added picnic tables outside too) and a clean, welcoming aesthetic. Inside there are a variety of table options to choose from including long tables for enjoying with big groups or getting to know others. I should also point out that Grace is counter service where you walk up and order at the counter when entering. They give you a table marker to take with you and someone brings your meal out to you. Drinks are self-serve and seating is first come, first serve.
We first experienced Grace catering at a friend’s party and knew we had to do the same for our daughter’s family birthday party. They were easy to work with and customized in the ordering process. The set up was friendly and efficient, and the food, of course, did not disappoint. We ordered fried chicken with house pickles, catfish with green tomato relish and comeback sauce, Gouda Mac ‘n cheese, seasonal roasted asparagus with harissa sauce, marinated beets, and seasonal Grace salad with pickled apples and cornbread croutons.
*Family Friendliness Rating: 9.5/10 - Fast casual/counter service, dining area that is large/open/can handle noise, always friendly service, no compromise on non-kid menu items aka plenty of choices for mom and dad, and a kids menu with three choices each $7 (grilled cheese, burger, fried chicken tenders) that includes one of their numerous sides.
Open Wed-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm