RE: Bus Tour Nashville
There are several Monell locations as well as the Monell Express locations. The original is in an area known as Germantown that has been experiencing a wonderful rebirth over the last few years. This location is an old Victorian home with about two community tables per a room. It is a unique dining experience as they seat you around huge community tables and fill them up with strangers who become friends over the course of a meal. The fried chicken is one of my favorites but I can also make a meal on the biscuits, preserves and salads - a melange of good old fashioned Southern Salads - three bean, cole slaw, potato, broccoli, etc. Everything is served family style in big plastic bowls that you pass around the table with each bowl starting at a different person to keep it going around quickly. Desserts to me are the weakest link here so save that for another place - it comes with the meal and is usually sitting on your plate when you sit down but usually not worth bothering with.
Henpeck Market is one of my most favorite places these days. Part country store (my teenage daughter spent probably $30 on candy and stuff last time we were there that she claims she can't find anywhere else - old fashioned candies and such), part gift shop, and part restaurant and music venue. I have to say these biscuits are the best outside of my mothers hands down. I'll even go so far to say they are better than Carol Faye at Loveless' biscuits. Pimento cheese is some of the best I have ever had though it does have a lot of pepper - it has very little mayo and is a combination of chedder and jack or a white cheddar (not sure - haven't asked). Cornbread salad, soups, and OH - desserts to die for - their coconut cake is moist and absolute heaven. Things here are like my mother and grandmothers made them and they were good cooks especially on their baked goods!