I love Sunday. Kinda rested from the week, but not yet Monday. Sunday is nice because it’s usually a time when my family and occasionally friends get together. During the week we are always running and busy. On Sunday, we sit and share a meal sometimes it’s one that we prepare together, like my grandpa’s gumbo or sometimes one of us volunteers. Always it is a time to sit for a minute. To listen and to hear each other. I love it.
So, one day while roadtripping through Nashville, my brother got really hungry. My mom suggested grabbing a sandwich as we were driving pretty far that afternoon. My brother said, he was a "growing young man and needed more." My mom agreed, and without prior planning, we happened upon Monell’s. It was a restaurant in a cute Victorian-style house in the Historic Germantown area of Nashville. We walked in and they asked how many. We said four and they ushered us to a long table with eight other people and gave us no menus. Not sure what was happening, I looked at the table and saw baskets of cornbread and biscuits. Pitchers were filled with sweet tea and lemonade. The others at the table welcomed us with a smile and passed the food toward us. As we took it, they explained that Monell’sis a family style restaurant and the menu is set each day. We began to relax in our chairs as we ate the bread, sipped the tea and listened to the travels of our table mates. It seemed each had an interesting story. One family had traveled from New Mexico and were welcoming a new baby to the family. Another was a writer and professor from Montana. This jigsaw puzzle of people laughed and joked for over an hour. The meal was a classic southern meal of fried chicken, meatloaf, pot roast, Mac n cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, cinnamon apples, cucumber salad, Cole slaw and peach cobbler. While the food was delicious and well seasoned like a proper southern meal, the best was the experience. I thank my brother for being extra-hungry and I thank Monell’sfor bringing me Sunday on a Thursday.
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