If you’re going to Nashville, you need to got to Monells apparently. It’s a family-style restaurant in an older part of the city. Now, when my friends initially described it, I was wondering if they had ever been to an Old Country Buffet.
Oh, how I was wrong. The place has a bed and breakfast type feel to it. You are seated with other guests at the restaurant at huge dining room tables and given just about every breakfast food imaginable — biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, fried chicken, grits and I’m sure there’s something else. I’m in awe of the guy who wolfed down the fried chicken, two biscuits with gravy and a ton of other stuff. And the food was delicious.
After relaxing a bit, we headed to the Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson. This had been my touristy request (Nerd alert). The grounds are huge and we walked around for about three hours. We also got caught in a rainstorm and took refuge under some trees.
And we capped off the day with a bbq festival! I’m not sure what stroke of luck brought me to town on the weekend of a bbq festival, but it did. We all shelled out $10 for tickets, which gave you access to the festival and to the music acts. We came toward the end of it, so one vendor was just giving away the food. Did we take advantage? Of course! He did run out of cartons though, so we piled the pork onto some napkins.