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Best meat-and-three (or -two)

Meatloaf, sweet potato souffle and Hoppin' John are just a few of the choices at Mary Mac's Tea Room, an Atlanta tradition and your pick for best meat-and-three (or -two). Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

Meatloaf, sweet potato souffle and Hoppin' John are just a few of the choices at Mary Mac's Tea Room, an Atlanta tradition and your pick for best meat-and-three (or -two). Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
You say, “Mary Mac’s Tea Room – best for taste, family atmosphere, and value” and “A Southern tradition.”

2. Carver’s Country Kitchen
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. The Colonnade
5. Busy Bee Café
6. Doug’s Place

The tasty collard greens at Greenwood's on Green Street in Roswell. Staff photo.

The tasty collard greens at Greenwood's on Green Street in Roswell. Staff photo.

OUR PICKS
1. Greenwood’s
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “At Greenwood’s, you can’t go wrong — everything on the menu is fresh and delicious.  My favorites are the scrumptious pork chops with sage butter served with collards and creamed corn just like my grandmother made.”

2. Home Grown GA
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
5. Busy Bee Cafe

346 comments Add your comment

I know best

March 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

Ann & Bill’s – Forest Park
Excellent daily selection of food – All of it good

Vyper3000

March 28th, 2011
2:11 pm

No question – Family Traditions up in Woodstock and Canton

Todd843

March 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

Without a doubt – The Colonnade on Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. Wonderful food and even better service. Southern at its best!

Marc Mallon

March 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

BBQ Kitchen on Virginia avenue near the airport.

David K.

March 28th, 2011
2:33 pm

Mary Mac’s Tea Room. A southern tradition.

WordsR

March 28th, 2011
2:39 pm

I love the Southern Tradition of places like Mary Mac’s & The Colonnade but for actual good food at a meat-and-three (or two!), head to Empire State South.

JEC

March 28th, 2011
2:51 pm

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker

Kay

March 28th, 2011
2:55 pm

Matthew’s Cafeteria

Richard

March 28th, 2011
3:15 pm

Matthew’s in Tucker and Mary Mac’s are the 2 best.

Michael

March 28th, 2011
3:20 pm

Eats on Ponce.

Amanda

March 28th, 2011
3:37 pm

Anne & Bill’s or The Colonnade (which has not been closed for a year…)

johnny fontane

March 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Rexall Drugs in Duluth

Edward

March 28th, 2011
3:57 pm

FYI must not get out much, the Colonnade hasn’t been closed except 2 days a year, every year for about forever. If you’re going to post on a public forum at least get it correct.

I would nominate The Colonnade and Eats on Ponce. Can’t go wrong at either place.

Scott

March 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

Colonnade is a classic if the Big A is Atlanta. But if we can include Athens in the Big A, Weaver D’s is the hands-down winner!

Lee

March 28th, 2011
4:35 pm

Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles on Peachtree Street, and Carver’s Kitchen on Marietta Street are my two favorite meat-and-three places in Atlanta.

John

March 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

The Busy Bee, The Beautiful, Big Daddy’s anmd the best of all is Chantrelle’s all in or near the Historic West End

JM

March 28th, 2011
10:36 pm

Eats on Ponce

Dixie Cybill Presley

March 28th, 2011
11:44 pm

BBQ Kitchen on Virginia Avenue. Best thing is you can get meat & 2 with dessert and then get reorders on the veggies without having to get the same ones. If a veggie has “fresh” it is a fresh veggie from the State Farmers Market. How can you go wrong meat & two with dessert and basically all the veggies you can eat. Just be aware that you need to go early as something sell out as it gets later in the day.

Mojo Works

March 29th, 2011
12:56 am

Carver’s for sure! Gotta gave Colonnade and Mary Mac’s a tie for second place though!

GT

March 29th, 2011
6:17 am

The best in Atlanta has gotta be Homegrown on Memorial Drive.

Fat Boy

March 29th, 2011
8:09 am

For the FYI post. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Colonnade is not closed!

Leah RN

March 29th, 2011
9:14 am

West Cobb Diner or Marietta Diner both in Mayretta!

Rob

March 29th, 2011
9:42 am

Matthew’s in Tucker is delicious!!!

Rickster

March 29th, 2011
9:45 am

Ditto Rob on Matthew’s! (Heck… it made it on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, didn’t it?)

Meat & Taters

March 29th, 2011
9:45 am

Anne and Bill’s on Main Street in Forest Park. Worth the drive.

Chris

March 29th, 2011
9:47 am

tashacee

March 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Marietta Fruit Stand in Marietta….amazing prices and good food

tashacee

March 29th, 2011
9:51 am

argh…sorry mistype…Marietta Fruit Company

The Stewster

March 29th, 2011
9:55 am

The Green Manor in Union City is excellent, although pricey.

paige

March 29th, 2011
9:57 am

Carver’s Grocery or The Colonnade

Kiss Me

March 29th, 2011
9:59 am

The best is still Our Way Cafe – even though its been closed for a year!

KK

March 29th, 2011
10:02 am

The Colonnade, Mary Mac’s, and Carvers

B-Town Buzz

March 29th, 2011
10:04 am

not exactly in the Big A, I know, but The Pasttime Grill on Main Street in Barnesville…

Poboy

March 29th, 2011
10:07 am

Carver’s. The genuine article on the trendy west side.

Colin

March 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Carver’s, for sure!

Foodie

March 29th, 2011
10:08 am

No one has mentioned the venerable Silver Skillet on 14th just west of the downtown connector

Chainshaw

March 29th, 2011
10:09 am

Jennifer

March 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Carver’s – no contest

delish!

March 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Carver’s and Eats. Hands down the two best!

Good Food

March 29th, 2011
10:18 am

This Is It! Anywhere in the metro area.

Grant Parker

March 29th, 2011
10:21 am

Let us not forget the Blue Ribbon Grill in the Northlake/Tucker area … not too far from Matthew’s.

hellinahandbasket

March 29th, 2011
10:26 am

Rachel’s in Watkinsville

dluv

March 29th, 2011
10:28 am

BBQ kitchen and Big daddys on Old National Hwy

dcraig

March 29th, 2011
10:31 am

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker

ejelks

March 29th, 2011
10:31 am

Carvers by a mile. I drive from Tampa to catch three days of fabulous lunches.

Fundad

March 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Doug’s Place in Emerson rocks. Great food and pretty girls dishing it up. No joke.

sammy

March 29th, 2011
10:36 am

Weaver D’s ?? Probably the most overrated place in Athens . The chicken is pretty good but the sides are just a hair above awful . In Athens I would take Peaches over Weaver D’s anyday

Mary B

March 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Matthews in Tucker…Eats on Ponce is good too

julie

March 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Home Grown in Reynoldstown. YUM!!

where have yu been

March 29th, 2011
10:37 am

fyi, where have you been parking lot and building was full this past sunday ???