Mary Mac's Tea Room

★★★★☆
  • 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Cross street: At Myrtle St, Midtown

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  • 404-876-1800

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Free parking always starts things off nicely, but Southern comfort food like Mama makes it (and lots of butter, naturally) seals the deal at this long-standing establishment. Avoid lunch rush if possible.

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★★★★★

Free parking always starts things off nicely, but Southern comfort food like Mama makes it (and lots of butter, naturally) seals the deal at this long-standing establishment. Avoid lunch rush if possible.

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I was told they had some great food and I was told wrong. I had collards and I could taste dirt in them. I couldn't enjoy anything else on my plate after eating the dirty collars. I was very dissatisfied with the service and the food and I

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★★★★★

I was told they had some great food and I was told wrong. I had collards and I could taste dirt in them. I couldn't enjoy anything else on my plate after eating the dirty collars. I was very dissatisfied with the service and the food and I

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The Cliffs' Notes: Great authentic Southern food in an authentic classical Southern restaurant. One of the required eateries to become a local Atlantan.

TIPS: Park behind the Tearoom; it's not fast food so don't go if you are on a

3
★★★★★

The Cliffs' Notes: Great authentic Southern food in an authentic classical Southern restaurant. One of the required eateries to become a local Atlantan.

TIPS: Park behind the Tearoom; it's not fast food so don't go if you are on a

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My family when o mary mac's and we were not dissapointed! First the rolls,the pot lickers soup, and did I mention the cinnamin rolls... all were great. My children were so filled that they did not want dessert. Great food good price and great service all at a fair price. I will reccommend his place to all, but come hungry!

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★★★★★

My family when o mary mac's and we were not dissapointed! First the rolls,the pot lickers soup, and did I mention the cinnamin rolls... all were great. My children were so filled that they did not want dessert. Great food good price and great service all at a fair price. I will reccommend his place to all, but come hungry!

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This place must be living off it's former glory and heyday from the 40's and 50's. Wonder if it has switched owners and how many times?

I'm from the deep south and I've never had "SOUTHERN FOOD" like this before. Please don't think this is the way southern people eat. I was with an extremely large group as part of a cultural exchange. I was humiliated and consistently apologized so that people didn't think southerners really eat this way. I didn't pick this place and never would.

I mean the chicken was dry, the corn bread dressing bland, the cinnamon rolls--I've had better out of a grocery store can. The mashed potatoes looked runny and instant, I didn't even bother, then they bring out more fried food-green tomatoes fried and then more starchy food. What happened to hearty vegetables? Does everything need to be FRIED???

And then a peach cobbler that was fattening as all daylights, but halfway decent. And YET, they had a room full of people, how? I don't know. No wonder the U.S. if full of colon, ulcer, stomach digestive problems.

Next time I want more traditional southern food I'll go to COLONNADE RESTAURANT ON CHESHIRE BRIDGE ROAD or just save a few bucks and go to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

One person said the dinner rolls were good. That was the only compliment I heard throughout the meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place must be living off it's former glory and heyday from the 40's and 50's. Wonder if it has switched owners and how many times?

I'm from the deep south and I've never had "SOUTHERN FOOD" like this before. Please don't think this is the way southern people eat. I was with an extremely large group as part of a cultural exchange. I was humiliated and consistently apologized so that people didn't think southerners really eat this way. I didn't pick this place and never would.

I mean the chicken was dry, the corn bread dressing bland, the cinnamon rolls--I've had better out of a grocery store can. The mashed potatoes looked runny and instant, I didn't even bother, then they bring out more fried food-green tomatoes fried and then more starchy food. What happened to hearty vegetables? Does everything need to be FRIED???

And then a peach cobbler that was fattening as all daylights, but halfway decent. And YET, they had a room full of people, how? I don't know. No wonder the U.S. if full of colon, ulcer, stomach digestive problems.

Next time I want more traditional southern food I'll go to COLONNADE RESTAURANT ON CHESHIRE BRIDGE ROAD or just save a few bucks and go to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

One person said the dinner rolls were good. That was the only compliment I heard throughout the meal.

Pros: It's a convenient in town banquet hall, but not worth it

Cons: Greasy, dry, starchy, fattening, bland, boring, not good

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I've loved Mary Mac's for years. Wonderful southern food at reasonable prices. Tough not quite up to the standards it set back in the 1970s and 1980s when Ms. Lupo was at the helm, that is a quibble. Be sure to have some pot likker!!

4
★★★★☆

I've loved Mary Mac's for years. Wonderful southern food at reasonable prices. Tough not quite up to the standards it set back in the 1970s and 1980s when Ms. Lupo was at the helm, that is a quibble. Be sure to have some pot likker!!

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For years I had driven by Mary Mac's Tea Room and never gone in and after all those years, I could kick myself for missing out on sucha fantastic experience. Not only is the food top-notch and affordable, but the atmospohere inside is worth the trip alone.

Everyone I know has had a similar experience, driving by but never going in, and I am telling them all that this place is superb in every way. The 3 dessert choices offered would alone make it worth the trip.

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★★★★★

For years I had driven by Mary Mac's Tea Room and never gone in and after all those years, I could kick myself for missing out on sucha fantastic experience. Not only is the food top-notch and affordable, but the atmospohere inside is worth the trip alone.

Everyone I know has had a similar experience, driving by but never going in, and I am telling them all that this place is superb in every way. The 3 dessert choices offered would alone make it worth the trip.

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Went to Mary Mac's when relatives from New York were in town. Thought the southern fare would be a treat for them. We were not disappointed. Our waiter, Lael, was superb. He offered suggestions, and even let us try a side we'd never heard of before. Our table got fried chicken, country fried steak, ribs, turkey with dressing (times two). Everyone loved their meals. The ribs were enough to feed three people! The fried chicken (four pieces to an order) was good, but really not as good as my dad makes. The turkey and dressing were awesome. The atmosphere is very sophisticated while quiet even with a full house. That was a real relief, since we were visiting with our relatives. Also, we didn't feel rushed to eat and go as so many places make you feel. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Atlanta and will be going back again soon. Go hungry, because they feed you like real southern folks would. You won't be disappointed. And, again, the ribs were the best I've ever had in my life. Meaty, moist, saucy, and a huge serving. I ate it for three days--yes, I love ribs. :)

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★★★★★

Went to Mary Mac's when relatives from New York were in town. Thought the southern fare would be a treat for them. We were not disappointed. Our waiter, Lael, was superb. He offered suggestions, and even let us try a side we'd never heard of before. Our table got fried chicken, country fried steak, ribs, turkey with dressing (times two). Everyone loved their meals. The ribs were enough to feed three people! The fried chicken (four pieces to an order) was good, but really not as good as my dad makes. The turkey and dressing were awesome. The atmosphere is very sophisticated while quiet even with a full house. That was a real relief, since we were visiting with our relatives. Also, we didn't feel rushed to eat and go as so many places make you feel. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Atlanta and will be going back again soon. Go hungry, because they feed you like real southern folks would. You won't be disappointed. And, again, the ribs were the best I've ever had in my life. Meaty, moist, saucy, and a huge serving. I ate it for three days--yes, I love ribs. :)

Pros: everything: service, food, price, location

Cons: none. everything was absolutely perfect

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I love Mary Mac's Tea Room! It is truly southern food, so don't go if you aren't willing to eat some grease, real butter, and fat. You fill out your own order ticket, so be prepared. I love their veggie plate. The prices are reasonable too.

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★★★★☆

I love Mary Mac's Tea Room! It is truly southern food, so don't go if you aren't willing to eat some grease, real butter, and fat. You fill out your own order ticket, so be prepared. I love their veggie plate. The prices are reasonable too.

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I have traveled throughout the state and country and I have NEVER experienced the amount of disrespect and poor customer service I witnessed at Mary Mac's. I personally went to Mary Mac's on previous occasion and my experience was very well during those times, so when my family and friends came into town I suggested Mary Mac's. I must say I am thoroughly disappointed and ashamed with the service we received. Our waitress (Sylvia) was the most rude and unprofessional person I have ever encountered! We waited an hour and a half before our food came; we received no refills on drinks, while other customers who arrived after us received their food and drinks before us. It was apparent that she did not want to serve our party and instead of being professional she chose get very hostile, talk back and get loud with several of my family members. I have never witnessed nothing like it in my life!! As much as I would like to hope this type of treatment was not a racial issue, I am sad to report that in this case it was evident that it WAS! The manager was called and complaints were made and instead of managing his employee while she continued to be disrespectful he chose to send all the African American staff to continue waiting on our party, which was a further insult. The food was NOT good and it was rushed to appease us. The food was not hot and it lacked seasoning. I thought we had come so far in learning to accept all. A word of advice to Sylvia and the rest of the Mary Mac's staff, who agrees with the way we were treated, please be careful on how you treat and talk to people...#1 It's the right thing to do and #2 You have no idea who was sitting at that table and when you might cross paths again. I am truly disgusted and I will not be going back!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have traveled throughout the state and country and I have NEVER experienced the amount of disrespect and poor customer service I witnessed at Mary Mac's. I personally went to Mary Mac's on previous occasion and my experience was very well during those times, so when my family and friends came into town I suggested Mary Mac's. I must say I am thoroughly disappointed and ashamed with the service we received. Our waitress (Sylvia) was the most rude and unprofessional person I have ever encountered! We waited an hour and a half before our food came; we received no refills on drinks, while other customers who arrived after us received their food and drinks before us. It was apparent that she did not want to serve our party and instead of being professional she chose get very hostile, talk back and get loud with several of my family members. I have never witnessed nothing like it in my life!! As much as I would like to hope this type of treatment was not a racial issue, I am sad to report that in this case it was evident that it WAS! The manager was called and complaints were made and instead of managing his employee while she continued to be disrespectful he chose to send all the African American staff to continue waiting on our party, which was a further insult. The food was NOT good and it was rushed to appease us. The food was not hot and it lacked seasoning. I thought we had come so far in learning to accept all. A word of advice to Sylvia and the rest of the Mary Mac's staff, who agrees with the way we were treated, please be careful on how you treat and talk to people...#1 It's the right thing to do and #2 You have no idea who was sitting at that table and when you might cross paths again. I am truly disgusted and I will not be going back!!!!!

Cons: Service

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After receiving my glass, my friends and I noticed lipstick on the rim. I was not wearing lipstick. The training manager, Terry, made the Shirley Temple. Terry gave the drink to the manager, Brandon Haywood, to serve to me. I actually drank from this glass. As I was drinking out of the glass, I saw the lipstick. The thought alone almost made me vom!t. I reported the incident to the manager who did not seem to care. He stated that they try to wash the glasses and get them clean, but sometimes this happen. I could not believe it. I told him that this was unacceptable. "I apologized to you, what else do you want me to do", he asked. I was shocked. He did absolutely nothing. I never ?I mean never want to visit this restaurant again. If you choose to visit, please ask them to use paper plates, forks, and cups. The reporter that did the story on the dirty glasses in the hotel should do a story on restaurants or just Mary Mac?s.

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★☆☆☆☆

After receiving my glass, my friends and I noticed lipstick on the rim. I was not wearing lipstick. The training manager, Terry, made the Shirley Temple. Terry gave the drink to the manager, Brandon Haywood, to serve to me. I actually drank from this glass. As I was drinking out of the glass, I saw the lipstick. The thought alone almost made me vom!t. I reported the incident to the manager who did not seem to care. He stated that they try to wash the glasses and get them clean, but sometimes this happen. I could not believe it. I told him that this was unacceptable. "I apologized to you, what else do you want me to do", he asked. I was shocked. He did absolutely nothing. I never ?I mean never want to visit this restaurant again. If you choose to visit, please ask them to use paper plates, forks, and cups. The reporter that did the story on the dirty glasses in the hotel should do a story on restaurants or just Mary Mac?s.

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The food still comes out in great quantity, but it didn't seem all that fresh. The baked macaroni and cheese was swimming in grease, my fried chicken breast was dry and unseasoned, as were the fried crawfish tails. Isn't it basic to add salt? It has been several years since we've been, and Mary Mac's just doesn't seem that great anymore. Dirty/sticky table, one of our dining companions had a dirty water glass and dirty fork. Our hostess was also very unenthusiastic, although we had a nice server. This isn't the southern gem it once was.

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★★☆☆☆

The food still comes out in great quantity, but it didn't seem all that fresh. The baked macaroni and cheese was swimming in grease, my fried chicken breast was dry and unseasoned, as were the fried crawfish tails. Isn't it basic to add salt? It has been several years since we've been, and Mary Mac's just doesn't seem that great anymore. Dirty/sticky table, one of our dining companions had a dirty water glass and dirty fork. Our hostess was also very unenthusiastic, although we had a nice server. This isn't the southern gem it once was.

Pros: Large portions, good service.

Cons: Food was poorly seasoned, dirty silverwear/glassware, dry fried chicken.

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If you like southern cooking, this is the grand dame! It might be getting a bit tired around the edges, but there is nowhere like in and it is a great throwback to real southern restaraunts. The food is spotty, so stick to the tried and true - Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fish, Chicken - in other words "the good stuff". The Sweet Tea is the way it's meant to be south of the Mason-Dixon and the fried green tomatoes are just right!
We love it with all it's warts and all - like your favorite aunt who is past her prime but still a joy to visit with.

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★★★★☆

If you like southern cooking, this is the grand dame! It might be getting a bit tired around the edges, but there is nowhere like in and it is a great throwback to real southern restaraunts. The food is spotty, so stick to the tried and true - Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fish, Chicken - in other words "the good stuff". The Sweet Tea is the way it's meant to be south of the Mason-Dixon and the fried green tomatoes are just right!
We love it with all it's warts and all - like your favorite aunt who is past her prime but still a joy to visit with.

Pros: A True Southern Gem

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Love, love, love Mary Macs. This is true Atlanta/Southern cooking at its best. Everyone should go here for the experience. Food is great and service is better!

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★★★★★

Love, love, love Mary Macs. This is true Atlanta/Southern cooking at its best. Everyone should go here for the experience. Food is great and service is better!

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This legendary restaurant has been an Atlanta favorite for generations.Here you can try some of the best classic Southern cuisine around. Kids love the fact that they write their own order ticket. Their cinnamon rolls are heavenly.You can;t say you have been to Atlanta until you eat at Mary Mac's.

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★★★★☆

This legendary restaurant has been an Atlanta favorite for generations.Here you can try some of the best classic Southern cuisine around. Kids love the fact that they write their own order ticket. Their cinnamon rolls are heavenly.You can;t say you have been to Atlanta until you eat at Mary Mac's.

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Mary Macs doesn't look like much from the outside or the inside, but it is the best low-priced home cooking in downtown on Ponce. They change the dishes daily. I highly recommend the squash casserole. All the veggies are incredible. As infamous as it is with the locals, it's that kind of place you want to find out about from them if you're a visitor.

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★★★★☆

Mary Macs doesn't look like much from the outside or the inside, but it is the best low-priced home cooking in downtown on Ponce. They change the dishes daily. I highly recommend the squash casserole. All the veggies are incredible. As infamous as it is with the locals, it's that kind of place you want to find out about from them if you're a visitor.

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The sweet tea at this place is delicious. The service was great and the food was good. The only problem was the mac and cheese. The sweet potato soufle was divine! Great place to take kids.

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★★★★☆

The sweet tea at this place is delicious. The service was great and the food was good. The only problem was the mac and cheese. The sweet potato soufle was divine! Great place to take kids.

Pros: value

Cons: mac n cheese

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Wow, Mary Macs will make you forget Mom, Grandma and anyone else that has tried to prepare down home meals, if you have one night in Atlanta and truly want to experience a taste of the South, look no further than Mary Macs. Great food, especially the Fried chicken, Mac n Cheese, homemade breads and the best banana pudding this side of Grandmas house. The service and hospitality is truly Southern and will make your dining experience one not soon to forget, they even employ a Goodwill Ambassador, a sweet little Grandmother that comes around will rub your back......everyone is sweet and kind and it shows that you can serve a great meal and provide people a warm welcome, the walls are covered with famous folks and people like you and me that have enjoyed Mary Macs for years, I believe it has been serving Southern Cooking for over 60 years...its a great place and is certain to make you want to return. Thank goodness for Mary Macs Tea Room, if there was ever an Atlantan classic, this is it! Dont Miss IT!!!

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★★★★★

Wow, Mary Macs will make you forget Mom, Grandma and anyone else that has tried to prepare down home meals, if you have one night in Atlanta and truly want to experience a taste of the South, look no further than Mary Macs. Great food, especially the Fried chicken, Mac n Cheese, homemade breads and the best banana pudding this side of Grandmas house. The service and hospitality is truly Southern and will make your dining experience one not soon to forget, they even employ a Goodwill Ambassador, a sweet little Grandmother that comes around will rub your back......everyone is sweet and kind and it shows that you can serve a great meal and provide people a warm welcome, the walls are covered with famous folks and people like you and me that have enjoyed Mary Macs for years, I believe it has been serving Southern Cooking for over 60 years...its a great place and is certain to make you want to return. Thank goodness for Mary Macs Tea Room, if there was ever an Atlantan classic, this is it! Dont Miss IT!!!

Pros: Value. best Southern Resturant in Atlanta by far

Cons: none

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Me and my husband went to this restaurant after reading several reviews and hearing everyone tell us that the fried chicken is the best in Atlanta... we were not impressed. The service was a bit slow- it took a while for the waitress to come to our table. What we thought was funny was that the owner came around making conversation and rubbing all the men's backs that were sitting at the tables- very awkward while you're trying to eat. We had to request more bread and rolls- the cornbread was a bit hard and the fried chicken was not well seasoned through the meat. The collards and the sweet potato souflee were pretty good I don't think we'll be back. It was nice to see a bit of history nonetheless. Maybe we had too high expectations going in.

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★★☆☆☆

Me and my husband went to this restaurant after reading several reviews and hearing everyone tell us that the fried chicken is the best in Atlanta... we were not impressed. The service was a bit slow- it took a while for the waitress to come to our table. What we thought was funny was that the owner came around making conversation and rubbing all the men's backs that were sitting at the tables- very awkward while you're trying to eat. We had to request more bread and rolls- the cornbread was a bit hard and the fried chicken was not well seasoned through the meat. The collards and the sweet potato souflee were pretty good I don't think we'll be back. It was nice to see a bit of history nonetheless. Maybe we had too high expectations going in.

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What a treat to get honest home cooked food. Fried Green Tomatos were great. The fried chicken was to die for. No room for dessert too full. A fun low key casual dinner with a real waitress with a personality to boot. Great back rubs. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

What a treat to get honest home cooked food. Fried Green Tomatos were great. The fried chicken was to die for. No room for dessert too full. A fun low key casual dinner with a real waitress with a personality to boot. Great back rubs. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Only open til 9

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If you are visiting, there are plenty of restaurants other than this one to try. Mary Mac?s may be good for lunch if you work in the area or for lunch after church which the Atlanta government insists you attend. The food is not Southern cuisine. It is just basic and uninspiring; the kind of food you?d get at Shoney?s or Barnhill?s. The menu makes the food sound more interesting than it is. What I thought was going to be a delicious beef dish turned out to be just a hamburger patty. The building is old and patched up. The staff was loud and even loudly talking on cell phones. I also could not understand why I and my dinning companion were seated in a room in the back, where the staff proceeded to clean and sweep the floor while we were eating, while other patrons were seated in one of the rooms in the front.

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★★☆☆☆

If you are visiting, there are plenty of restaurants other than this one to try. Mary Mac?s may be good for lunch if you work in the area or for lunch after church which the Atlanta government insists you attend. The food is not Southern cuisine. It is just basic and uninspiring; the kind of food you?d get at Shoney?s or Barnhill?s. The menu makes the food sound more interesting than it is. What I thought was going to be a delicious beef dish turned out to be just a hamburger patty. The building is old and patched up. The staff was loud and even loudly talking on cell phones. I also could not understand why I and my dinning companion were seated in a room in the back, where the staff proceeded to clean and sweep the floor while we were eating, while other patrons were seated in one of the rooms in the front.

Pros: Historical

Cons: Food, loud staff

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I had researched the "best" place to eat in Atlanta for southern comfort food and felt like Mary Mac's would be a good choice. I was wrong. It didn't live up to all the hype. Service was rushed, and not the southern hospitality I was expecting. My husband got the country fried steak and was disappointed. There were 2 very small pieces served swamped in a half plate of tasteless gravy. He had to put so much salt and pepper to get any flavor that that's all you tasted. His mashed potatoes were just so so. I had the veggy plate, it was ok but nothing to brag about. The Brunswick stew tasted like it was made with BBQ chicken? Not what we were expecting. Had to sit at a tiny table up against a wall, no room to move. I've definitely had better! Will not be a repeat customer.

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★★☆☆☆

I had researched the "best" place to eat in Atlanta for southern comfort food and felt like Mary Mac's would be a good choice. I was wrong. It didn't live up to all the hype. Service was rushed, and not the southern hospitality I was expecting. My husband got the country fried steak and was disappointed. There were 2 very small pieces served swamped in a half plate of tasteless gravy. He had to put so much salt and pepper to get any flavor that that's all you tasted. His mashed potatoes were just so so. I had the veggy plate, it was ok but nothing to brag about. The Brunswick stew tasted like it was made with BBQ chicken? Not what we were expecting. Had to sit at a tiny table up against a wall, no room to move. I've definitely had better! Will not be a repeat customer.

Pros: Street parking, prices were ok

Cons: tiny table, rushed service

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There is a reason this place has been called Atlanta's Dining Room. It speaks for it self. Great Service better Atmosphere. Side dishes are worth trying, and don't forgett to end the meal with their delicous Peach cobbler. It's simply the best.

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★★★★★

There is a reason this place has been called Atlanta's Dining Room. It speaks for it self. Great Service better Atmosphere. Side dishes are worth trying, and don't forgett to end the meal with their delicous Peach cobbler. It's simply the best.

Pros: Great food, and service.

Cons: Nothing.

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This is the place that all walks of life collide! Great service, great food and great atmosphere! I just wanted to walk the restaurant and read all the great reviews from locals to celebreties posted everywhere. Great value for the amount of food too!

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★★★★★

This is the place that all walks of life collide! Great service, great food and great atmosphere! I just wanted to walk the restaurant and read all the great reviews from locals to celebreties posted everywhere. Great value for the amount of food too!

Pros: better fried chicken than my grandmother's (shhhh...)

Cons: I couldn't eat all the food without bursting

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I have to echo the last review. I don't know what has changed from the time previous reviewers have eaten here, but tonight was my first and last night at mary macs. I think the ambience is drab and unkempt trying to pass itself off as "nostalgic". But most importantly I was not pleased with the food at all. My shrimp was so bland and tasteless. The mac n cheese was luke warm and too "cottage cheesy". The cornbread, and yeast rolls were stale at best, blunt weapons at worst. They offered us complimentary "pott likker" which tasted like salty chicken broth with some greens in it. The only really good part of the meal was the diet coke and the speedy service. Maybe it was an off night? I don't know but I can't recommend this place, sorry

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★★☆☆☆

I have to echo the last review. I don't know what has changed from the time previous reviewers have eaten here, but tonight was my first and last night at mary macs. I think the ambience is drab and unkempt trying to pass itself off as "nostalgic". But most importantly I was not pleased with the food at all. My shrimp was so bland and tasteless. The mac n cheese was luke warm and too "cottage cheesy". The cornbread, and yeast rolls were stale at best, blunt weapons at worst. They offered us complimentary "pott likker" which tasted like salty chicken broth with some greens in it. The only really good part of the meal was the diet coke and the speedy service. Maybe it was an off night? I don't know but I can't recommend this place, sorry

Pros: fast service

Cons: bland tasteless stale food

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sorry, this place is not the best. the food was awful! the university of georgia's food services offers the same items as mary mac's and UGA's kicks mary mac's food out of the park!!!!!!!! and UGA is cheaper! UGA has the best southern food. i have had better southern food at UGA, new jersey and new york, sadly not from mary mac's. i won't be back. it was just not at all good. the fried chicken was cold and not tender and juicy. i felt like i was cheated. this restaurant must have a great PR person for the gazillions of people who come here every sunday afternoon to eat this average, tastless, nonsense southern food. btw, the wait is slow. for a restaurant that prides itself on southern food, they should aslo have southern hospitality and quick service. to the cook who cooked my food last sunday, cooking, especially southern food, is not your forte. i had great expectations, and was terribly let down. i'll remind myself never to choose a restaurant on hype again! i was with my family members and brought them here for brunch so we could try real southern food, and we were very disappointed. i had to apologize to them! let me tell you, southern food is not what it is cracked up to be. atlanta in general has the worst food in the country and this restaurant made me come to that conclusion. the wait staff was standoffish. furthermore, i felt scared for my life walking from my car to the restaurant because of the rundown neighborhood its in. i also feel bad for those president's that have eaten there and i'm sure they were thinking the same thing as me!

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★☆☆☆☆

sorry, this place is not the best. the food was awful! the university of georgia's food services offers the same items as mary mac's and UGA's kicks mary mac's food out of the park!!!!!!!! and UGA is cheaper! UGA has the best southern food. i have had better southern food at UGA, new jersey and new york, sadly not from mary mac's. i won't be back. it was just not at all good. the fried chicken was cold and not tender and juicy. i felt like i was cheated. this restaurant must have a great PR person for the gazillions of people who come here every sunday afternoon to eat this average, tastless, nonsense southern food. btw, the wait is slow. for a restaurant that prides itself on southern food, they should aslo have southern hospitality and quick service. to the cook who cooked my food last sunday, cooking, especially southern food, is not your forte. i had great expectations, and was terribly let down. i'll remind myself never to choose a restaurant on hype again! i was with my family members and brought them here for brunch so we could try real southern food, and we were very disappointed. i had to apologize to them! let me tell you, southern food is not what it is cracked up to be. atlanta in general has the worst food in the country and this restaurant made me come to that conclusion. the wait staff was standoffish. furthermore, i felt scared for my life walking from my car to the restaurant because of the rundown neighborhood its in. i also feel bad for those president's that have eaten there and i'm sure they were thinking the same thing as me!

Pros: none

Cons: dirty/unclean, uninviting and run down decor, long wait

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I went to Mary Mac's 2 days in a row. It's a great place to get some hearty southern cooking. The price is reasonable considering the portions. The collards are flavorful, although a bit salty. Love their sweet potato souflee and fried green tomatoes! And their sweet tea is just perfect. Definitely a worthy place to visit if you have a craving for some good ol' southern cooking.

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★★★★★

I went to Mary Mac's 2 days in a row. It's a great place to get some hearty southern cooking. The price is reasonable considering the portions. The collards are flavorful, although a bit salty. Love their sweet potato souflee and fried green tomatoes! And their sweet tea is just perfect. Definitely a worthy place to visit if you have a craving for some good ol' southern cooking.

Pros: Great food, good service, big restaurant

Cons: limited free parking

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Visited Atlanta from NY and wanted to try some southern cuisine.
Read the reviews on CitySearch and found this place.
It was a fantastic experience.
The ambience is very homely and cozy.. the service is extremely friendly. Seating was prompt.
Tried the fried green tomatoes and they were interesting.
I ordered Fried chicken and corn and peas for sides. The chicken was really really BAD. I couldn't eat a single piece. I dont know if it was just my taste.
But the corn was the creamiest i have tasted, and I tasted the Turkey and grilled liver from friend's plates and they were fantastic. and i also tasted their sweet potatoe and that was heavenly. for desert i tried the banana pudding, and that was fantastic too.
So, i will go there everytime i visit Atlanta from now on, but just wont order the fried chicken

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★★★★★

Visited Atlanta from NY and wanted to try some southern cuisine.
Read the reviews on CitySearch and found this place.
It was a fantastic experience.
The ambience is very homely and cozy.. the service is extremely friendly. Seating was prompt.
Tried the fried green tomatoes and they were interesting.
I ordered Fried chicken and corn and peas for sides. The chicken was really really BAD. I couldn't eat a single piece. I dont know if it was just my taste.
But the corn was the creamiest i have tasted, and I tasted the Turkey and grilled liver from friend's plates and they were fantastic. and i also tasted their sweet potatoe and that was heavenly. for desert i tried the banana pudding, and that was fantastic too.
So, i will go there everytime i visit Atlanta from now on, but just wont order the fried chicken

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Forget about all the negative yankee reviews, and take it from an Atlanta native, this is the real deal. When I was a kid, Maraget Lupo, always greeted my family with a smile. Now forty years later, Mrs. Lupo has passsed, but Mary Mac's lives on. The old servers have long gone also, and maybe the servers are a little green. I go for the old fashioned southern food. The greenpot likker(juice from greens) with a homemade corn muffin, is a wonderful place to start. Fried chicken livers, pork chops, and the seafood platter are the standouts. Veggies---fried green tomatoes, creamed-style corn, fried okra, yeast rolls, and the darn best sweet tea in the south. Not expensive, check out the old photo collections on the walls. Put some south in your mouth. Amen!

2
★★★★★

Forget about all the negative yankee reviews, and take it from an Atlanta native, this is the real deal. When I was a kid, Maraget Lupo, always greeted my family with a smile. Now forty years later, Mrs. Lupo has passsed, but Mary Mac's lives on. The old servers have long gone also, and maybe the servers are a little green. I go for the old fashioned southern food. The greenpot likker(juice from greens) with a homemade corn muffin, is a wonderful place to start. Fried chicken livers, pork chops, and the seafood platter are the standouts. Veggies---fried green tomatoes, creamed-style corn, fried okra, yeast rolls, and the darn best sweet tea in the south. Not expensive, check out the old photo collections on the walls. Put some south in your mouth. Amen!

Pros: Authentic Southern Food, Very Nostalgic!

Cons: Some Green Servers!

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THe hospitality was awful and we were not greeted by our waitress for over fifteen minutes. When rolls arrived, she slammed them on thetable as she passed by us...on to other customers. The evening continued when one of the absolute worst meals I have ever had was placed in front of my face. I dug in quickly to my 'whipped potatoes.' Imagine my surprise when this homestyle treat turned out to be made from a box. Fake potatoes?! Are you kidding me? Ditto for the lukewarm green beans from a can. My macaroni and cheese was cold and appeared to be somewhat curdled. The only thing I could manage to choke down, aside from the rolls, was my steamed spinach. I'm sorry, but in Texas, when we say homestyle, we mean real food and a friendly smile. This restaurant gives Southern Style a bad name.

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★☆☆☆☆

THe hospitality was awful and we were not greeted by our waitress for over fifteen minutes. When rolls arrived, she slammed them on thetable as she passed by us...on to other customers. The evening continued when one of the absolute worst meals I have ever had was placed in front of my face. I dug in quickly to my 'whipped potatoes.' Imagine my surprise when this homestyle treat turned out to be made from a box. Fake potatoes?! Are you kidding me? Ditto for the lukewarm green beans from a can. My macaroni and cheese was cold and appeared to be somewhat curdled. The only thing I could manage to choke down, aside from the rolls, was my steamed spinach. I'm sorry, but in Texas, when we say homestyle, we mean real food and a friendly smile. This restaurant gives Southern Style a bad name.

Pros: Yeast Rolls.

Cons: Service, Food, Unclean

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I love eating here. Service is always with a smile and if you're as lucky as a couple of folks in our party were, it even includes a back rub from the hostess. If you are in Atlanta, you have to check this place out for its southern cooking and hospitality.

2
★★★★★

I love eating here. Service is always with a smile and if you're as lucky as a couple of folks in our party were, it even includes a back rub from the hostess. If you are in Atlanta, you have to check this place out for its southern cooking and hospitality.

Pros: location, service

Cons: occasional panhandler

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As the title states, I love Mary Macs. From the time you walk through the doors, you are treated like family. I often go with a group of co-workers and we NEVER wait to be seated; (and believe me, that's not due to a shortage of customers). The last time we were there, my friend and I (along with ALL other customers), received a pleasant rub on the back to go along with their wonderful comfort food. Everything's fantastic; from the sweet yeast rolls to the golden chicken to the delicious sweet tea. Some say "there's no place like home", we say "there's no place like Mary Macs"!

2
★★★★★

As the title states, I love Mary Macs. From the time you walk through the doors, you are treated like family. I often go with a group of co-workers and we NEVER wait to be seated; (and believe me, that's not due to a shortage of customers). The last time we were there, my friend and I (along with ALL other customers), received a pleasant rub on the back to go along with their wonderful comfort food. Everything's fantastic; from the sweet yeast rolls to the golden chicken to the delicious sweet tea. Some say "there's no place like home", we say "there's no place like Mary Macs"!

Pros: Fantastic Food, Excellent Staff, Spacious Dining Area

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As a native Atlantan who now makes her home in Chicago, there is nothing like coming home to Mary Mac's. I know I will always get the best sweet tea, fried green tomatos, fried chicken, mashed 'taters, and green beans. I had my 40th birthday dinner here, and no one went home hungry! I was also able to pull together a quick lady's lunch for 15 within a few days of another trip back 'home'. It's just not a trip back to Atlanta without a meal (or two!) at Mary Mac's!
The only drawback is that the sloping parking lot is getting a little treacherous for my elderly friends.

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★★★★☆

As a native Atlantan who now makes her home in Chicago, there is nothing like coming home to Mary Mac's. I know I will always get the best sweet tea, fried green tomatos, fried chicken, mashed 'taters, and green beans. I had my 40th birthday dinner here, and no one went home hungry! I was also able to pull together a quick lady's lunch for 15 within a few days of another trip back 'home'. It's just not a trip back to Atlanta without a meal (or two!) at Mary Mac's!
The only drawback is that the sloping parking lot is getting a little treacherous for my elderly friends.

Pros: Southern Standards, Traditional Decor, No Smoking

Cons: Parking

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I was taken as a guest. The food is prepared as it was decades ago -- wonderful!!! They bake their own breads, shuck the corn, snap the beans -- this is not a place where you get frozen Jolly Green Giant veggies.

Lots of history here. You will want to read the little sketch about Mary Mac on the menu. Take time to look at some of the photos of famous patrons.

I had the fried fish and my wife had fried chicken. For both of us, we were very, very satisfied!

Well located for the Fox Theater.

2
★★★★★

I was taken as a guest. The food is prepared as it was decades ago -- wonderful!!! They bake their own breads, shuck the corn, snap the beans -- this is not a place where you get frozen Jolly Green Giant veggies.

Lots of history here. You will want to read the little sketch about Mary Mac on the menu. Take time to look at some of the photos of famous patrons.

I had the fried fish and my wife had fried chicken. For both of us, we were very, very satisfied!

Well located for the Fox Theater.

Pros: food is great, sense of history, well located

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Real southern cooking. The make everything here from scratch and that (just like momma's home cookin') just makes everything taste better. Don't forget to ask for your complementary cup of Pot Licker if you're a first timer. All of the food is real good and the staff is nice. The servers are a little slow to refill the drinks but besides that a very pleasant dining experience. I highly recommend!

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★★★★☆

Real southern cooking. The make everything here from scratch and that (just like momma's home cookin') just makes everything taste better. Don't forget to ask for your complementary cup of Pot Licker if you're a first timer. All of the food is real good and the staff is nice. The servers are a little slow to refill the drinks but besides that a very pleasant dining experience. I highly recommend!

Pros: Food, Unique, Made from Scratch

Cons: service little slow

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Stick with the old stand bys and you'll be very pleased. Fried chicken, chicken livers and okra were hits. Homemade yeast rolls and corn bread muffins are worth going off the diet.

Country fried steak tasted more like salsbury steak and bake chicken was just okay.

I didn't like the mac n cheese but others at our table thought it was good. Fried green tomates and cornbread stuffing were great side items.

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★★★★☆

Stick with the old stand bys and you'll be very pleased. Fried chicken, chicken livers and okra were hits. Homemade yeast rolls and corn bread muffins are worth going off the diet.

Country fried steak tasted more like salsbury steak and bake chicken was just okay.

I didn't like the mac n cheese but others at our table thought it was good. Fried green tomates and cornbread stuffing were great side items.

Pros: value

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A great place to bring your out-of-town friends. Great home-cooking but prices have gotten too high. I'll make my fried chicken and collard greens at home.

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★★★★☆

A great place to bring your out-of-town friends. Great home-cooking but prices have gotten too high. I'll make my fried chicken and collard greens at home.

Cons: expensive

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I've been going to Mary Mac's for probably 15 years and it's always been a great place for some home cookin. It's a family favorite.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Mary Mac's for probably 15 years and it's always been a great place for some home cookin. It's a family favorite.

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This is an excellent place to dine. The atmosphere is comfortable and the service is great.

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★★★★☆

This is an excellent place to dine. The atmosphere is comfortable and the service is great.

Pros: great food

Cons: crowded parking

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My fiancee (now husband) and I were trying to come up with a place to go for our rehearsal dinner - we were having a pretty formal wedding so wanted to find something casual and fun. I am a native Atlantan and my husband is from the Jersey Shore so we decided on a taste of the south - "Mary Mac's"... We rented their back room and had everything served family style - IT WAS AWESOME... Even Uncle Vinny loved it... THANKS MARY MAC'S... GREAT SERVICE & GREAT FOOD...

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★★★★★

My fiancee (now husband) and I were trying to come up with a place to go for our rehearsal dinner - we were having a pretty formal wedding so wanted to find something casual and fun. I am a native Atlantan and my husband is from the Jersey Shore so we decided on a taste of the south - "Mary Mac's"... We rented their back room and had everything served family style - IT WAS AWESOME... Even Uncle Vinny loved it... THANKS MARY MAC'S... GREAT SERVICE & GREAT FOOD...

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Affordable fresh homeade food. A great place to get some of Mom's cooking. Completely non smoking environment. Vegetables are marked for vegetarian friendly. Great place to eat regularly. For bigger parties you can be served family style.

2
★★★★★

Affordable fresh homeade food. A great place to get some of Mom's cooking. Completely non smoking environment. Vegetables are marked for vegetarian friendly. Great place to eat regularly. For bigger parties you can be served family style.

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It's a blast from the past -- pick your "meat" and your sides. Get the greens and be a little healthy -- or stick with pudding and mac and cheese. Plenty of food and it's the good, honest kind. No trendy stuff going on here.

2
★★★★☆

It's a blast from the past -- pick your "meat" and your sides. Get the greens and be a little healthy -- or stick with pudding and mac and cheese. Plenty of food and it's the good, honest kind. No trendy stuff going on here.

Pros: Good honest meals

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Owner John Ferrell keeps Mary Mac's looking bright and lively, with good lighting and vivid colors. Once seated, patrons fill out their own order tickets, which are then picked up by one of the always-friendly waitresses. The basic order…

 

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