There are a few things I miss about the South. I miss my friends, I miss the nice weather, and I really miss Southern food. Lee’s is good for a quick fix, but there comes a time when you need to get the real thing, that is what I did when I visited Atlanta a few weeks ago. When my friend Samantha asked me where I wanted to go for dinner I said “take me to someplace with fried chicken!” Samantha suggested we go to Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Mary Mac’s is a deceivingly huge restaurant. There are two dining rooms with several large tables so that meals can be served family style. When you’re seated, the waiter brings you a piece of paper where you fill out your order (drink, appetizer, entree, and dessert) all at the same time. There’s no room for mistakes; I like it.
Then, the breadbasket is brought out. It’s filled with yeast rolls, corn bread, and best of all cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls were covered with huge sugar crystals, but they weren’t overly sweet. Two snaps for whoever came up with the idea.
Then the waiter brought out my meal, and when he set the plate in front of me I saw hair in my mashed potatoes and on my plate of chicken, ugh. I had a new pate of food five minutes later though. The chicken was everything you expect from southern fried chicken; crispy skin, juicy inside and a ton of flavor. My side of mashed potatoes and fried green tomatoes were average. I like a more buttery mashed potato, and there was something off with the fried green tomato.
Would I return? Most likely I would not. There are so many other restaurants in Atlanta that serve similar fare but do the sides correctly. But if you want guaranteed delicious fried chicken, and don’t care about mediocre sides, Mary Mac’s is your place.