Parts Unknown season seven is in full swing; last week's premiere episode chronicled Anthony Bourdain's trip through Hanoi, where he ate bun cha with President Obama. This Sunday, he's off to Nashville to eat alarmingly spicy hot chicken and get schooled in the tradition of the "meat and three."
As many Southerners already know quite well, the meat-and-three is a cafeteria-style meal featuring a choice of protein (think fried chicken, smothered pork chops, or maybe baked tilapia) along with three sides, like mac and cheese, green beans, black-eyed peas, or collard greens. It's an institution in Nashville, and on Sunday's episode Bourdain treks to downtown stalwart Dandgure's, which is open just four hours a day slinging meat-and-threes.
As Bourdain's dining companion, Grammy nominated musician Jesse Boyce explains, Dandgure's draws a diverse crowd that's "like a microcosm of what Nashville is really like."