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Mary Mac's Tea Room
Southern Restaurant (US)$$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308
224 Ponce De Leon Avenue NortheastUSGeorgiaAtlanta30308
$$Southern Restaurant (US), Chicken Restaurant
Southern Restaurant (US)
Chicken Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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This 1945-era institution draws locals & tourists for Southern comfort food in a homey space.- Google
"The fried chicken, Mac and cheese and sweet potato soufflé is excellent."
"Mary Macs provides classic southern comfort food."
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rida alston
a week ago
I visited Mary Mac's last week with my family members and I'm not sure if it was the cooks that day or something else, but the food was awful! I and my niece had the smothered cube steak (very bland, no seasoning) and my sister ordered the chicken pot pie (no flavor on that either, very dry) and the collards were like cooked for a "non-soul food" restaurant (greens cooked with just water, again no seasoning). The salmon patties on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best, I give it a 2. I understand how restaurants should not 'over' season their foods, but when I say no seasoning, I mean 'no' seasoning whatsoever! Then I ordered the bread pudding for dessert and what I received was something I never saw before in my life. In my experience with bread puddings, it's usually a square cut piece of solid bread pudding. What I received was something that resembled rice pudding (but brown). I guess 'soul food' means different things to different people. Anyway, never again will I venture to the this place.
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Rachel Pryzby
3 weeks ago
I finally went to Mary Mac's! It's been on my "to try" list for ages, but I hadn't gotten around to it until the other night. I'm so glad I went. It's such an iconic place and a staple in the Atlanta food scene. It's been around since 1945-- pretty amazing. It was pretty cool to see foreign exchange groups, locals, and tourists dining side by side. Not many places can attract such diverse customers. The food itself was exactly what I imagined: classic stick-to-yer-ribs southern food. I tried the fried chicken, which was nice and crispy. For sides I had collard greens (not too salty, yay!) and cheese grits (nice and creamy). They give each table a basket of breads: yeast rolls, cinnamon buns, and corn bread. Nice touch, but I didn't love any of them. I think this is a great place to take someone who wants to try "real" southern food. You could even make a little "ATL Back in the Day" night of it if you visited the Fox and/or the Margaret Mitchell House right up Peachtree!
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Britnee Johnson
a month ago
Everyone raves about this place and I just don't understand why. A friend took me here on a whim for the first time and had me geeked (being that I am a huge FOODIE) thinking I was getting ready to get the best soul food I ever tasted. We were there on a Sunday evening and it was packed.The service was extremely slow as a result. I ordered the oxtails and greens and I was very disappointed. I get better oxtails at This Is It and for a lesser price at that. I also didn't particularly care for the atmosphere even though I did appreciate the diversity. I definitely will not be returning here.
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Oscar McClain
4 months ago
Good God Almighty! I went to Mary Mac's one time because someone recommended it to me and it was the best food I had in Atlanta. I haven't ate there in six months because I was on vacation, but I can still taste the food today. I am coming back out there in February with my school's Explorers' Club from Scotlandville Magnet High School and I already plan on bringing my club there. Mary Mac's, hold a seat for us.
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Allesen Cann
3 weeks ago
I love the story of Mary Mac's. They've been in business for over 70 years and they say that all the food is still made the way it was back then - by hand and daily. We went pretty early, around 6pm, and while I server was nice enough, she didn't bring us water and when I tried to track her down for water later in our meal, she was either not around, or ignored my waving her over. We got the friend chicken and the ribs. The ribs were falling off the bone, which I loved, but there was something about the flavor that just wasn't for me. And I hate to say, but I've had better fried chicken in California. The highlight was their cinnamon rolls, which I could probably overdose on.
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Alex Fuller
a week ago
Service was fine -- food was mediocre at best, in all honesty. Publix fried chicken is far better than theirs. Mac and cheese was average -- not earth shattering. Collard greens nearly put me to sleep mid chew. None of the food was hot like it should be. It was all barely warm like it had been sitting for a while -- wasn't pleased with that. The pecan pie with vanilla ice cream was rubbish. The crust was cold. The body was barely warm. The ice cream had no chance of melting. Don't be fooled by the line you see outside -- it's NOT all that. Boring. Boring. Boring.
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Robin F
a month ago
Great food! Great service! The fried chicken, Mac and cheese and sweet potato soufflé is excellent. Have an Arnold Palmer with your meal and you're all set.
S Basnight
3 months ago
Not a huge fan of Mary Mac's but its definitely a huge tourist spot. The food isn't anything over the top but the wait staff is very friendly. I usually order fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet potatoes and while its a hearty meal, its nothing special. Not a huge fan and would recommend other restaurants in the area.