Mary Mac's Tea Room, Atlanta, GA

Mary Mac's Tea Room
224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-1800
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Hours:
11am-9pm, 7 days a week


Mary Mac's Tea Room opened in 1945 as one of sixteen tea room in Atlanta. And what exactly is a tea room, you ask? It was frowned upon in the 1940s for a woman to own a restaurant, but a tea room was acceptable. So, it is a restaurant owned by a woman!

Mary Mac's serves traditional southern cooking. In fact, their recipe for cooking fried chicken and the majority of menu items has not changed since 1945. On your first visit, the wait staff will gladly provide you with a complimentary service of Pot Likker (collard greens cooked with hamhocks, fat back, and lard) served with a side of crackling bread. Trust on this one, accept the free gift - you will love it!

We have made multiple trips to Mary Mac's and have lots of recommendations. 

Once seated, you are given a menu and an order ticket. A water glass on the table has pencils for you to fill in your order. Now the hard part, what to choose! There are 36, count 'em, 36 side items to choose from alone. And there sweet tea is genuine southern sweet tea.

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On our first visit, I sampled the roasted turkey and cornbread dressing accompanied by green beans and creamed corn. The green beans were good. The creamed corn was to DIE FOR - trust me it's like eating candy.

On our second visit, I went for the Fried Chicken. Now here is a dilemma: You can order the four piece fried chicken dinner or three legs. They brine the chicken in salt water for 24 hours before frying it, and the batter is simply four, salt and pepper. But it is perhaps the best fried chicken hands down you will eat in this lifetime.

My daughter swears by their Chicken and Dumplings as a standard to measure all other Chicken and Dumplings.

Entrees also include an array of seafood, pot roast, ribs, pork chops, meatloaf, chicken fried chicken and gravy, smothered chicken, wings, cube steak, and more.

Beyond the main courses and side items, the breads and desserts are heavenly. People regularly pop in just to purchase a pan of their handmade cinnamon rolls. Then there is Georgia Peach Cobbler, banana pudding, bread pudding with wine sauce, peanut butter pie, Key Lime Pie with homemade Almond Crust, Pecan Pie, Strawberry Shortcake & Homemade Whipped Cream, and ice cream.

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Out first trip led to repeat visits. We regularly drove 30 miles in Atlanta traffic to eat there.

Rating: 5 Grandma Slaps!!

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