Mary Mac was first opened in 1945 by Mary MacKenzie, an icon, at a time when women opening restaurants was unheard of. The torch was then passed down to Margaret Lupo, then to John Ferrell and Hank Thompson, etc.
I love the food is ordered by handwriting your options. Fresh, daily bread is made on-site along with classics like the peach cobbler and bread pudding. The menu contains over thirty fresh vegetables and sides - my favorite dish was the fried green tomatoes.
I started with the bread basket that had yeast rolls and cornbread muffins. I went with the Southern special as my entree and it came with endless fried chicken, roast turkey, and roast pork. My sides were macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and okra. I ended with a peach cobbler as my dessert.
The Spirit of Mary Mac shines through in their welcoming staff who greets and takes you on a tour as you are led to your seats. The entrance is lined with photos of owners, politicians, celebrities, sports teams, and others who have all dined here. There are 6 dining rooms. I personally toured Ponce Room, Skyline Room, Myrtle Room, Ms. Ellen's Room, Ferrel Room, and Ferrel's Bar
I highly recommend Mary Mac's Tea Room for traditional, Sunday dinners and especially for those from out of town who want to take in a slice of history. Mary Mac's is also available for catering and private events.