Southern hospitality’s icon status reaches new heights in Atlanta area restaurants, where locations go above and beyond to impress with warmth and welcome. Check out these three restaurants to savor the apex of Southern hospitality, with great food to boot.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
It doesn’t get better than tasty dishes and complimentary back rubs (offered by the restaurant’s own goodwill ambassador). Not to mention that the tea room has been officially named Atlanta’s dining room by the Georgia House of Representatives. This joint has been an Atlanta institution since 1945 and should not be missed.
The subject of the best fried chicken in Atlanta remains controversial among locals who love some good Southern cooking. Pittypat’s Porch always hits the top of the list for the fried bird, not to mention the unbeatable salad sideboard. Each classic detail makes the experience special, from menus printed on paper fans to the antique-filled dining room with pewter place settings that give a nod to history.
As the original restaurant in this popular chain, first opened in 1928, this Varsity location holds the honor of being the largest drive-in in the world. Curbside service continues to present day, with orders placed to the restaurant’s signature slogan, “What’ll ya have?” Just like the made-from-scratch American favorites on the menu, this brand of Southern hospitality gives a refreshing revamp on expectations.