Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Meat-and-Three | Tea Room
One of the best

We lifted a fried chicken breast off the plate and bit into it. As the crust crunched, juices spurted everywhere. It had been a while since we had dined at Mary Mac’s, and we had forgotten just how moist the chicken is. Full-flavored, inside and out, dark meat or white, this is one of the best fried chickens in the South.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room inspires superlatives. An old-fashioned urban lunch room in the heart of Atlanta, it offers a broad menu of dishes that exemplify Dixie cooking at its best. You can start your meal with a bowl of pot likker – that’s heaps of soft turnip greens wallowing in their flavorful cooking liquid – sided by a cornbread muffin. Entrees include such classics as baked chicken with cornbread dressing, pork barbecue with Brunswick stew, and country-fried steak with gravy.

The list of side dishes is a joy unto itself; many customers come to eat a four-vegetable plate with no meat at all. Stand-outs include a sweet potato souffle that is spiced Christmas-sweet, macaroni and cheese in which the noodles are suspended in an eggy cheese souffle, fried green tomatoes, hoppin’ John, and crisp-fried okra.

An airy place with soothing pastel yellow walls and tables covered with white oilcloth, Mary Mac’s offers old-style tea room service, which is great fun. When you sit down, you are given an order pad and menus. Once you’ve made your decisions, you write your own order and hand it to your waiter or waitress who, in the meanwhile, has brought you an immense tankard of what the menu lists as the table wine of the South – sweet ice tea.

What to Eat
Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Pot Likker
Pot Likker
Here is one go-green program I easily can get with. This pot likker has a powerfully verdant flavor and fairly resonates with the presence of salty pork that basked in the liquid for so long as it cooked.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
All worthy meat-and-three restaurants offer macaroni & cheese. This is one of the best, a virtual cheese custard full of tender noodle nuggets.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Cornbread Dressing with Gravy
Cornbread Dressing with Gravy
Dressing, stuffing, fillin': call it what you will, the transformation of bread into a supersavory dish is always welcome. Mary Mac's cornbread dressing is redolent of sweet onions and is surprisingly lightweight, even under its mantle of good gravy.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Broccoli Souffle
Broccoli Souffle
Broccoli casseroles can be cloddish. Not the broccoli souffle at Mary Mac's, which delivers an elegant crunch via those crumbs on top, while sacrificing none of the dish's inherent cheesy richness.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 53 MILES | 1 hr 8 min

A road trip from Atlanta to the east, from pot likker, BBQ and biscuits to fried green tomatoes at the ultimate buffet in the town of Social Circle

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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