Earlier this month when we took our Disney family vacation we made a pit stop on the way home. We hadn’t really made any plans about where we would stop or what we would eat, it was all a play be ear kinda of drive home. As we got closer to Atlanta, Georgia we realized it was getting late and we were starving. So I did what any social media mom does, I sent out a cry for help on Twitter asking for some recommendations on where we could eat in Atlanta. It didn’t take long before someone suggested Mary Mac’s Tea Room.
Don’t let the name fool you, especially if you’re from the North and assume a tea room is a fancy little place serving tea and cookies. Just off the highway we found Mary Mac’s and after one look at the menu we knew this was the place to eat. The entire menu was all about comfort food, good old Southern cooking with a side of sweetness.
After getting a table for our little family we noticed a jar of pencils, the menu and these little order forms. I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped. Was I suppose to write down my own order? Wait for the server to come back and she writes it down? This was new territory for us. Ultimately we just decided to ask and we were told you fill out your own order which I thought was kinda cool. Far too often my order gets messed up because it wasn’t written down properly and being able to just do it myself made the whole process easier (and a bit fun).
Then came the basket of fresh baked goodies. The bowl included cornbread muffins, yeast rolls (which are FANTASTIC) and mini cinnamon rolls that my husband gobbled up before I could even try one.
It didn’t take long before dinner arrived and I was greeted with a plate of chicken n dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans and a heaping pile of macaroni & cheese. There’s not a single bad thing I can say about this meal especially since it’s probably the best restaurant meal I’ve ever had in my life.
My husband ordered the fried chicken plate that I honestly thought looked a bit ehh but one taste convinced me otherwise. The meat was tender, the skin crispy and the flaky crust was perfectly seasoned.
As for dessert … I should have ordered the banana pudding. While I usually love bread pudding, this one was bit on the soggy side and I didn’t read the the ingredients for the sauce. It’s a wine sauce and I just don’t like wine in any form.
My husband got a big slice of the pecan pie. While I didn’t taste it because I don’t like pecans (or any nut), I can assume it was delicious because there wasn’t a scrap of it left on the plate. That’s saying a lot because by the time dessert came we were already stuffed beyond belief.
Our experience was so good at Mary Mac’s Tea Room that I just had to bring a piece of it home with my by purchasing the Mary Mac’s Tea Room Cookbook filled with recipes from our meal and many more. I’ve already made the buttermilk biscuits from the book which turned out just perfect.
If you’re ever in the Atlanta, Georgia area looking for some good travel eats … this is the place to stop first!
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