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Nacho's Maxwell Lounge Photo, Nashville, Tennessee

Monell's
1235 6th Ave North

Monell's is as close to a Nashville institution as you will ever find. They are home to meat and three on a daily basis for lunch and dinner. (that is your meat choice with three sides) On the weekend, they open up for breakfast. We came here on a Saturday morning in December and we were lucky enough to find parking on the street, but it is very limited.

When you arrive, you are assigned to a group, since dining is family style, you won’t be seated until the table is almost full. Pitchers of orange juice, water, and of course sweet tea, will begin to flow as well as cups of good hot coffee. And let me warn you that even in December there was a large crowd here.

In turns, platters will be passed of scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage, gravy, bacon, ham and sausage, stewed apples, fresh jam, flapjacks, grits and much, much more. It does not all arrive at once, it is very well timed so that everything gets served warm. If you are not in the mood to be friendly at breakfast then you will not fit in here. It is polite to ask to have the food passed and, of course, in your turn, talk to the person next to you to whom you are passing. We had a table full of delightful companions and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and a very filling Southern breakfast.

The tables are spread through several different rooms and have upwards of a dozen wooden high-back chairs at each table. The rooms are decorated with wall murals. It is all very Southern, very gracious, and very delicious.

Lunch and dinner are also served family style.


Pralines
Millenium Maxwell Hotel

When we arrived at the Millennium Maxwell, our room was not ready yet. It was just a little late for lunch but we hadn’t eaten so we put our bags into storage and went into Pralines where a lunch buffet was being served.

I went right up and took a little of everything. There were cold salads, soup and some hot entrees. It wasn’t a great selection but it was adequate. Cindy took her time getting to the hot food and by the time she did there wasn’t much left. This place is incredible, they brought her the menu and told her to order off the menu for the same price we were going to pay for the buffet. She ended up with a very nice steak with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.
We finished up with cups of coffee and some very fine cake, Cindy opted for the German chocolate and I had the carrot. They were both large and moist and well-worth the calories and carbs.

Pralines serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Maxwell’s Lounge
After a day that involved traveling from CT and then spending two hours touring the Tennessee State Museum, we were ready to chill. The thought of leaving the hotel to find some dinner didn’t appeal to us, so we just headed into the bar to get a couple of drinks and snacks.

Little did we know that drafts were $2 until 7pm. I have to say, our waitress was great telling us when it was almost time to go back to regular prices so we could order a second round. We decided to split an order of buffalo wings and a plate of loaded nachos along with our mugs of beer.

The beers were cold and fresh, the wings were nicely spiced and served with bleu cheese and celery, and the nachos came with plenty of cheese, refried beans, and guacamole.

It was a very cheap evening and the food was better than okay, it was quite good.

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