An old Captain D’s building on Greensprings in Homewood has been repurposed with a steam table and a drive thru. Pause to take it in: A drive-through for southern-style plate food. Home cooking delivered through the car window. These are good times.
It’s the Meat and Three Cafeteria, and yes, that’s it’s proper name. I’d been wanting to try it when it opened but the overflowing parking lot told me I was already late to the table. I can tell whether a vegetable place is good before I tasting the first bite, and here’s how:
- Buicks in the parking lot = Older folks like it. This is important, because they know good food and good value. This generation ate on real plates before there were interstate exits lined with fast food, and their palates still love homestyle veggies.
- The staff knows “half and half,” the bartender mix of half sweet, half unsweet tea that some of use to cut the full-strength stuff
- Cobbler is on the menu and hot peppers are on the table
The Meat and Three Cafeteria may not overpromise in its name but it lives up to its menu. The food is good, and the portions are appropriate. There is a dine-in kids’ meal of a meat and one veggie for $2.99. If you’re in Homewood or could duck off of I-65 onto Greensprings on your ride home, that drive-thru could save you for dinner.