Eats & Treats: Down Home Southern Food

Historic restaurant in Midtown

On a recent trip to Atlanta, Ga, the ArtBelles visited Mary Mac’s Tea Room. We were in search of some good Southern cooking; Mary Mac’s came highly recommended by locals. The restaurant is located in Midtown and is very spacious.

Pictures of celebrities, politicians and other figures line the walls. An assortment of breads (cornbread, yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls) were placed on the table. The cinnamon rolls tasted good but weren’t over the top with gooey good icing like I like em.

Since it was our first time visiting, we received a “pot likker,” which is turnip greens and a piece of cornbread. Neither ArtBelle is a fan of turnip greens, but the juice was seasoned very well! If you can turn someone that turns their nose up to turnip greens into a believer, then you’re doing something right! I highly recommend the pot likker. Pics & the rest—->

We ordered the Catfish Fillets with macaroni and cheese and fries for $12.95 and Country Fried Steak and Gravy with okra and mashed potatoes for $10.95. The portions were large and the food is reasonably priced. It is much cheaper than another well known Atlanta ‘soul food’ spot that shall remain nameless. I am budget conscious, so I was happy to find good food that didn’t pull the lint out of my pockets.

You know your catfish is good if you don't need to add hot sauce! See how large these portions are?

You’re wondering how the food tasted right? Well, it tasted GREAT! The catfish was seasoned very well, the macaroni and cheese was good (although it bordered on the verge of being salty), and the fries were hand cut and delicious–I am a fry connoisseur so fries are important to me.

The steak was tender, and the okra and mashed potatoes were fresh. We even saw a produce truck outside of the building.

For dessert, we split the Georgia Peach Cobbler, and it left much to be desired. It was not sweet enough for either of us. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Mary Mac’s and will come back whenever we visit Atlanta!


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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