Mary Mac's Tea Room
At Mary Mac's Tea Room, patrons can enjoy a taste of authentic Southern cooking and hospitality. This means heaping plates of staples like fried chicken, braised ox tails, and grilled liver and onions, as well as a number of specialty drinks like the Mint Julep and Georgia Peach. The place is over 70 years old and was officially named “Atlanta’s Dining Room” by the City of Atlanta. Read any online traveler’s guides and you’ll be convinced that there’s no way to visit Atlanta without eating here. There are pencils and paper sheets on your table for you to write your own order, a tradition of MM’s that dates wayyy back (pre-Bieber).
If there is a restaurant that is synonymous with Atlanta, Mary Mac’s definitely comes to mind. Founded by Mary MacKenzie in 1945, this tearoom serves the legendary Tomato Pie, award-winning fried chicken, and the world-famous fried green tomatoes. The pictures on the wall and table styles make you feel like you’re in a scene from The Godfather, but Mary Mac’s oozes Southern culture. I mean, the place looks almost identical to how it did when it opened over 75 years ago. To start, you can scarf down a cup of Brunswick stew, then you can pig out with some BBQ ribs, pork chops, or their slow cooked beef pot roast.
Sometimes, it’s just best to keep things simple, and that’s where Mary Mac’s Tea Room comes in. The tried and true restaurant has become a staple in Atlanta since its inception in the 1940s, and 76 years after it first opened, Mary Mac’s continues to serve guests high-quality pies. Currently, the restaurant’s dessert menu is nearly devoid of that specific type of dessert, yet although past fan-favorites like the peanut butter pie are no longer available, Mary Mac’s Tea Room’s classic Key Lime Pie with a homemade almond crust will be more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season.