Thanks to posts from several people, we ate very well this weekend. No clunkers at all.
1. Prince's Hot Chicken: Got there just before 12 noon, when they were supposed to open. No one there. Locals starting walking up and looking in, but no luck. Not a good omen for the trip. On to Plan B.
2. Swett's. With Plan Bs like this, you will die a happy camper. Swett's is outstanding. The guy told me they were sending food over to John Madden.
Everything was at least very good. The highlights were the squash casserole and the chess pie. Let me emphasize that chess pie.
3. Bound'ry. Very good and a lot of fun. Highlights included the seafood tapas (tuna, squid, etc.) and the amazing beer list. I tried "Flying Dog in Heat Wheat."
4. Monell's. Excellent. After waddling out the door I realized why the sign said "Sunday meal": you don't need to eat for the rest of the day. Highlights: Fried chicken, biscuits w/ peach preserves, casseroles, bread puddin'.
5. Rippy's BBQ. Good. Ribs were the dry variety, with an interesting rub. Beans were very good, especially with the hot house sauce added. Go for lunch if you'd rather not listen to live, mediocre country music with your meal.
6. Loveless Cafe. Very good. Had a nice big slab of country ham. Highlights: biscuits w/ preserves and sorghum molasses (turned out to be very close to honey).
7. Wilma Kaye's Kitchen. Very good. Gumbo and fried peach pie were outstanding. Fried oyster po-boy had perfectly fried oysters but was a bit overpriced at $8.24.
Didn't make it to Arnold's, Sylvan Park, Belle Meade Cafeteria, Jack's Barbecue, or Pancake Pantry, in addition to missing Prince's. Something for the next trip!