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Mary Mac's Tea Room

224 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA - (404) 876-1800
Posted By Doc Wesley on 7/11/2011 6:23:00 PM
We have eaten Sunday lunch at Mary Mac's about six times a year for the last ten years. We'd go a bit more often, but it is an hour drive.

Everything we've ever ordered has been wonderful. On Sundays, they provide a bread basket with homemade corn muffins, rolls, and cinnamon buns! (You can buy a whole tin of the cinnamon buns on the way out.) I assume most folks take the option of choosing a meat and two or three veggies. Every meat choice we've had has been very good. The vegetables are outstanding: the broccoli souffle is fabulous, as are the greens, cabbage, etc.

Be prepared for a long wait on Sundays unless you get there by about noon. We've had dinner there a few times and there has been no wait. Highly recommended.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Cornbread Dressing with Gravy
Fried Chicken
Broccoli Souffle
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This spuce-green brew, known as pot likker for its intoxicating flavor, is an intense study in southern-style greens.  We like to crumble the corn muffin onto the top of the bowl.
"This spuce-green brew, known as pot likker for its intoxicating flavor, is an intense study in southern-style greens. We like to crumble the corn muffin onto the top of the bowl."
Michael Stern





Tomato pie, Dixie tea room style: fruity, buttery, cheese-enriched, and breadcrumb-crowned luxury in a bowl.
"Tomato pie, Dixie tea room style: fruity, buttery, cheese-enriched, and breadcrumb-crowned luxury in a bowl."
Michael Stern


Clockwise, from left:  fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, broccoli casserole, fried green tomatoes
"Clockwise, from left: fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, broccoli casserole, fried green tomatoes"
Michael Stern


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.
"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."
Michael Stern


Here is a close view of the tomato pie. Those tomatoes are intense; the crumbs couldn't be richer.
"Here is a close view of the tomato pie. Those tomatoes are intense; the crumbs couldn't be richer."
Michael Stern


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.
"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."
Michael Stern


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.
"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."
Michael Stern


I love Mary Mac's do-it-yourself order system ... although by the time I gave my order to the waitress, I had erased, scratched out, and smudged nearly every line.
"I love Mary Mac's do-it-yourself order system ... although by the time I gave my order to the waitress, I had erased, scratched out, and smudged nearly every line."
Michael Stern


Mary Mac's has been a favorite lunch place in Atlanta since 1945.
"Mary Mac's has been a favorite lunch place in Atlanta since 1945."
Michael Stern


How many classic urban tea rooms can you name that still serve the dishes that made them famous?
"How many classic urban tea rooms can you name that still serve the dishes that made them famous?"
Michael Stern


Mary Mac's has been on the Roadfood honor roll since we first hit the road in the early 1970s.
"Mary Mac's has been on the Roadfood honor roll since we first hit the road in the early 1970s."
Michael Stern


All worthy meat-and-three restaurants offer macaroni & cheese.  This is one of the best, a virtual cheese custard full of tender noodle nuggets.
"All worthy meat-and-three restaurants offer macaroni & cheese. This is one of the best, a virtual cheese custard full of tender noodle nuggets."
Michael Stern



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