This restaurant opened as a Tea Room in 1945, serving lunch to local businessmen. It has changed ownership only two times since then and still serves traditional Southern cooking. Everything comes Family Style and refills are given. Some of the cooks are elderly women who have been here from the early days. The walls are filled with pictures of famous people who have dined here, even the Dali Lama! Personally I was not that taken with the food, but I wasn't raised on Southern cuisine either. No matter, this is one landmark restaurant that shouldn't be missed.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room has been serving pretty good, basic southern food since 1945. It is something of an Atlanta landmark and is convenient to downtown and lots of cultural and historic attractions, especially by automobile. It has been in the same location its whole history and has photographs of local and national figures who have eaten here. We laugh that every other time we go the entrance is in a different doorway as over the years they have undergone several renovations. Inside is a confusing warren of rooms but, not to worry as they seat you and it is easy to find your way back out. Just take a few minutes to wander through the rooms and look at all the old photos.
My photo here is of us taking some Japanese visitors for some Southern cookin'.
Favorite Dish: Their food is pretty authentically American Southern. Last time we were there they started us with a complimentary small bowl of ‘pot likker’ which is some of the liquid and green bits from a pot of cooked greens (turnip I think). One of their signatures is a basket of 4 or 5 different kinds of bread including some of the best cinnamon rolls you will find. I always dig these out first. Some of the traditional southern dishes which are good are fried chicken, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, cream corn, fried okra (a lot of Southern food is fried), bread pudding and what they call ‘Southern table wine’ which is sweet iced tea.
If you want traditional Gorgian Food this is the only place
Pot Likker & Cornbread
Black eyed peas
Favorite Dish: Pot Likker
Southern cooking of the white variety. After you are seated at your table, write your order on the provided ticket.
Favorite Dish: Fried Chicken with greens (collards or turnip) and cornbread.