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Best sweet tea

General manager Michael Fuhrman with a pitcher of Mary Mac's beloved iced tea. It's your pick for the best non-chain sweet tea in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

General manager Michael Fuhrman with a pitcher of Mary Mac's beloved iced tea. It's your pick for the best non-chain sweet tea in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS (Local)
1. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
You say, “Mary Mac’s Tea Room hands down! Big ups to all the true southerners that responded in kind.”

2. Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q
3. OK Cafe
4. The Sun Dial
5. Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe

Chick-fil-A is your picks for the chain with the best sweet tea. Photo: PRNewsFoto

Chick-fil-A is your picks for the chain with the best sweet tea. Photo: PRNewsFoto

YOUR PICKS (Chain)
1. Chick-fil-A
You say, “The best iced tea on the planet, including Atlanta” and “Are you serious? Chick-fil-A has the best. No question about it. Always very great! When I think sweet tea, I think Chick-fil-a.”

2. McDonald’s
3. Zaxby’s and Cracker Barrel (tie)
4. Bojangles’
5. Captain D’s

OUR PICKS
1. Greenwood’s on Green Street
The sweet tea at Greenwood’s on Green Street is a winner because it avoids the two main pitfalls of sweet tea.  It isn’t bitter (due to over-brewing) and it isn’t overly sweet.  It is smooth and satisfying.

2. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
3. Mittie’s Tea Room
4. Chick-fil-A
5. Busy Bee Cafe

200 comments Add your comment

koko

February 22nd, 2011
12:21 pm

Sun in my Belly

Daniel Allender

February 22nd, 2011
12:43 pm

Ok… I do have to admit that Chik-Fil-a and Mcdonald’s do have awesome sweet tea, in general, even though they are fast food restaurants. For non chain places, which I think is what the question is really looking for, would be Pig N Chik BBQ or Mary Macs.

Laluke

February 22nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Williamson Bros. BBQ gets my vote! But I do agree that what I make at home is the best.

Deena

February 22nd, 2011
1:06 pm

My sweet tea is the best because it is made with Splenda. For sweet tea with sugar – Chic-fil-a is #1 and Slopes Barbecue in Roswell is #2.

MelB

February 22nd, 2011
2:07 pm

Chick-fil-A!!!!

i

February 22nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Chick-Fil-A’s is too weak for me.
Sweet tea should be strong and a burnt orange color, not pale yellow!

Of course I think mine is best, but when out, OK Cafe serves a pretty good glass.

TRUTH IS

February 22nd, 2011
2:42 pm

PUBLIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alchy

February 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

I love fire fly

Nique

February 22nd, 2011
8:25 pm

Mary Mac’s Tea Room hands down!!!! Big ups to all the true southerners that responded in kind. lol

Alphie48

February 22nd, 2011
9:22 pm

McDonalds & Quick Trip -Good sweet tea and the best prices

C

February 22nd, 2011
10:13 pm

Best- Publix, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-a
Worst- Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze

Gigi

February 23rd, 2011
12:04 am

Chic-Fil-A ’s Arnold Palmer!

Alex Lanni

February 23rd, 2011
2:35 am

Wow! It is really nice tea.

Becky

February 23rd, 2011
7:45 am

Dreamland BBQ has awesome sweet tea……

Kristine

February 23rd, 2011
7:51 am

Betsy

February 23rd, 2011
7:58 am

Publix really does make good tea (aack! I almost hate to even admit that I know this), as does Chick-fil-A.

But, the only tea that I crave is Mediterranean Grill’s tea that is some sort of iced Early Grey. That stuff is really, really good.

sandram

February 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

Piccadilly s has a mango sweet tea that is to die for. However, I m afraid McDonald s reasonably priced sweet tea comes in as a winner..

meechie713

February 23rd, 2011
9:50 am

I best tea i ever taste was my tea i brewed at home good old lipton tea!!!!!!!

Jason

February 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

Wright’s Gourmet is the winner.

Vicki

February 23rd, 2011
11:42 am

Michele

February 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

McAllister’s by far, followed by Chick-fil-a

Duane

February 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

MacAllister’s

JMME

February 23rd, 2011
1:06 pm

Publix and Zaxby’s

Saucey

February 23rd, 2011
1:26 pm

Swest

February 23rd, 2011
1:47 pm

Publix definitely is the best. Always consistent. McDonald’s, Zaxby’s and Chick-fil-a are decent but I don’t like when it tastes like it has been sitting a while. Folks Restuarant is also quite tasty.

ChrisB

February 23rd, 2011
2:33 pm

Publix has the best sweet tea. The tea from Kroger is just awful.

Bobsyouruncle

February 23rd, 2011
2:44 pm

S&S Cafeteria in Decatur has the best sweet tea in Atlanta, no contest.

Thoreau

February 23rd, 2011
2:50 pm

It’s been six years since I indulged their sweet tea, but the cafeteria at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center was this native-son’s favorite and was made fresh each day with loving care. Milo’s is definitely a close runner-up.

LP

February 23rd, 2011
3:44 pm

There is no such thing as good sweet tea..or tay as y’all like to call it. Even if I ask for 50/50 tea it’s too sweet! No wonder kids are hyper and have ADD.

Davis-Copeland

February 23rd, 2011
3:45 pm

My husband makes the best sweet tea. McDonald’s is my second favorite.

Hannah

February 23rd, 2011
6:46 pm

Sundial. Hands down.

russ yow

February 23rd, 2011
6:55 pm

country’s bar b q in columbus. best on the planet !! served in pint and quart jars.

Jim

February 23rd, 2011
7:28 pm

Imagine if we could buy alcohol on SUNDAY…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TOM_UuQzc0

pbred8

February 23rd, 2011
11:33 pm

Anderson’s , in Griffin

Skip

February 24th, 2011
10:16 am

I know it’s not Atlanta, but Old Tymer’s Bar-b-que in Rome, Georgia, is worth the drive… best sweet tea in the state…

Karen

February 24th, 2011
12:58 pm

Chick-fil-A, Wendys, and Capt’n D’s

Green Hornet

February 24th, 2011
3:48 pm

Metsfanforlife

February 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

^ I agree.
Sonny’s x2

Diego

February 25th, 2011
9:38 am

Do restaurants wash the lemons they drop into your tea? Not! You don’t know where the lemons have been, maybe rolling around on the floor!

NotTeaBagged

February 26th, 2011
3:27 am

Worth a drive to Rome or Spartanburg or wherever else outside metro Atlanta for a glass of freakin’ tea? Really? REALLY??? No wonder nobody takes anything you people say/do seriously and this state is a joke.

Carol

February 26th, 2011
5:11 pm

Blue Durango at Breadwinners is THE best!!!

aaron humes

February 26th, 2011
5:18 pm

Hands down, CHIC FIL A has the best iced tea on the planet, including Atlanta.

Blanca B

February 26th, 2011
5:34 pm

My Co-worker Ms. Vickie hands down.

KCP

February 26th, 2011
6:04 pm

Chick-fil-a’s tea is great!

Innocent Bystander

February 26th, 2011
6:23 pm

If you want the best sweet tea ever then come to Columbus,GA Country’s barbeque has the best in the land and also Clearview Barbeque and they have crushed ice. It’s great!!!! Clearview also has great 99cent chipped sandwiches and the best potato saladChris

Gonna have to agree with this whole statement. I also like Macon Rd BBQ. They give you your own pitcher of tea upon ordering. It’s great.

Suboo

February 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

Chic Filet the best by far, never bitter, even better half and half..that’s with sugar and unsweet mixed.

ParQ Ave

February 27th, 2011
8:44 am

Are you serious? Chick-Fil-A has the best. No question about it. Always very GREAT! When I think Sweet Tea, I think Chick-fila-a.

maryalice

February 27th, 2011
7:31 pm

chic fil a has the best sweet tea ever!!!!

Angel

February 28th, 2011
8:38 am

My Mom’s tea first, she blends with a snip of ginger, or cinnamon stick. Next
McDonald’s on Abernathy is the best! Then Q-Trip on Buford Hwy(very clean)

Lawrencevillian

February 28th, 2011
9:35 am

The Corner Stop Cafe on the Square in Lawrenceville, Hands Down!!!