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Mary Mac's Tea Room Restaurant Review: Founded by Mary McKenzie and the last survivor of 16 "tea rooms" in downtown Atlanta, Mary Mac's veritable rabbit's warren of spaces remains bright and lively, with good lighting and vivid colors. Walls are lined with the signed photographs of the notable guests who have sipped sweet tea and dined on Southern meat and two, three or four vegetables. Fried okra and fried crawfish tails ("mudbugs") are great starters, and the house vegetable soup is light and filling. The house specialty is fried chicken, but other homey offerings include country-fried steak, meatloaf, and chicken and dumplings, the latter simply the benchmark version of the dish. Rainbow trout and fried shrimp or catfish are draws with seafood lovers, and roast chicken, pork roast or turkey with cornbread dressing are guaranteed chill-chasers. Among vegetables, you'll find all the classics, but don’t bypass the unusual tomato pie. Breads made on-site include addictive cinnamon rolls, cornbread and yeast rolls. For dessert, choose the peanut butter pie without fail. There is a basic wine list, but sweet tea is the standard with this fare. We advise early arrival as you may encounter lengthy waits at peak times.