New ranking: Iconic Atlanta spot is Georgia’s ‘cant’ miss restaurant’

Soul food restaurants in Atlanta

Whether you’re a life-long Atlantan or a new resident of the Big Peach, there are plenty of highly recommended restaurants for you to enjoy.

But according to 24/7 Tempo, there is a key spot in the city that dwellers and visitors alike can’t miss when they’re in town.

ExploreGeorgia’s best 24/7 restaurant is an Atlanta staple, new ranking says

The website put together a nationwide list of these eateries using reviews from Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Zagat. They also referenced several roundups of iconic or important restaurants from publications including Food & Wine, Eater, Thrillist and The Daily Meal. Zeroing in on the local perspective, the website also looked to city- and state-specific websites. It also reviewed menus and historical information on restaurant websites.

Using the aforementioned sources, a final editorial choice was made.

Amid current restrictions on traveling and dining, not everyone will be able to delight in these spots right away. But 24/7 Tempo speculates that once the pandemic passes, many people will be wondering about key places to get their grub on.

“They’re the kinds of places of which somebody might say, “You went to [wherever] and you didn’t eat THERE???” the website said.

So where would that place be in Georgia?

According to 24/7 Tempo., it’s one that’s been officially declared “Atlanta’s Dining Room” after the Georgia House of Representatives passed a 2011 resolution.

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room at 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE is the last of Atlanta’s tearooms from the 1940s.

“The fare is mostly Southern at this unpretentious but always lively restaurant — fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, chicken and dumplings, shrimp and cheese grits, and more,” 24/7 Tempo said.

As was the case with many restaurants last year, Mary Mac’s doors closed for months before reopening as a takeout-only spot. It’s since reopened for dine-in with social distancing in place. Based on the reviews, people still can’t get enough of the beloved restaurant’s down-home Southern dishes.

“Great food and service. Loved the vegetable plate with cream corn, green beans, Mac and cheese, and tomato pie. Very generous portions and very filling. Deviled eggs were really good too!” a review on TripAdvisor read.

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