Mary Mac's Tea Room
If you're from Atlanta or you're a transplant like me, you've probably heard of the famous Mary Mac's Tea Room. True southern cuisine is hard to come by. Sure, there are plenty of places that make "southern" food but Mary Mac's still has that at home taste to it. A little back story on Mary Mac's: it's the last tea room of 16 tea rooms that used to be in Atlanta. After 70 years, they're still here and still serving delicious food.
When you get to Mary Mac's you'll be seated in one of the many different rooms to enjoy your meal. Today we just so happened to be seated in the Atlanta room. To order, you grab your order sheet and a pencil and write down what you want to eat and drink. I decided to go for the fried chicken tenders with macaroni and cheese and one of their specialty's pot likker. Pot likker is hard to explain but it's essentially a soup made from collard greens but it's not exactly collard greens and it's served with cornbread which they call "cracklin' bread". Probably not the best explanation, but what I can tell you is that it's damn good. If it's your first time visiting Mary Mac's, be sure to ask for your complimentary cup. I did the first time I was there and now I order it by the bowl.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a simple eater. However at Mary Mac's it doesn't matter what you get whether you get fried green tomatoes and sweet potato soufflé like my aunt or country smothered pork chops with collard greens like my mom, I've never tasted anything on the menu that I didn't like and I'm a slightly picky eater.
Their food is definitely a part of Atlanta culture with Atlanta even going so far as to name Mary Mac's as their official tea room. I can see why because every time you're there, it feels like a family reunion but that could just be the southern hospitality in me talking. Mary Mac's is a must-see if you're in the city. You won't regret it and the food is classic. What are your favorite Atlanta restaurants?