The Queen of Nashville Meat and Threes
The Queen of Nashville Meat and Threes

Meet Sophia Vaughn, second-generation proprietor of Silver Sands Soul Food in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with Kahlil Arnold of Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Vaughn will prepare Friday’s lunch during next weekend’s 17th Southern Foodways Symposium.

SFA has commissioned a film about Silver Sands made by Jordan Berger. Watch it here.

Silver Sands continues the Nashville tradition of the meat-and-three, serving favorites like stewed oxtails, beef tips, shoepeg corn, and hot water cornbread. Located in Hope Gardens just west of the Nashville Farmer’s Market, Silver Sands was founded more than 50 years ago by Vaughn’s aunt. Her mother, Nellie McAdoo, ran the restaurant for many years thereafter. Vaughn’s mother has since retired and passed the torch.

Boisterous Vaughn, a fiery redhead, wears big statement earrings and greets everyone, “Hey baby how you doing?” She genuinely cares for her customers, “I treat them like my family.” She loves them so much that she delivers a daily meal to a 96-year old man, no longer able to get out on his own.

Sophia Vaughn and Kahlil Arnold will join forces October 24 for a Nashville Steam Table Lunch in Black and White. She will serve bitty baby lima beans, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, and hot water cornbread.