hOtlanta O-bsessions: dreaming of these sOuthern spOts!

Atlanta is home to the gift market we attend twice a year, some of our favOrite stOres, and the most O-mazing Southern cOOking you will find!  Of course we have been on a quest for the best and we can’t stOp thinking about our…

Old schOOl O-bsession - Mary Mac’s Tea Room which has been serving good ole Southern cOmfort food for over 70 years

Who doesn’t lOve a place that begins every meal with Pot Likker with cracklin’ bread?  

While we have never met a bread basket we didn ‘t like, the one at Mary Mac’s is Out of this wOrld with yeast rOlls, cOrn muffins, and our favOrite cinammon rOlls.  Save your cinammon rolls for dessert and you will thank us later!

You have to try something fried at Mary Mac's, and there is a lot to chOOse from - fried chicken, shrimp, oysters, okra, chicken fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, deep fried mudbugs is all sinfully O-mazing!

Though we always skip the cOllard greens, our east Texas friend said they tasted just like the ones from his childhood!  

We O-dore the tOmatO pie!  Click here for Atlanta Magazine’s most requested recipe, and you can make it at hOme until you get to visit for yourself!

special O-ccasion O-bsession - Canoe

Even though you are in the middle of Atlanta, you will feel like you are a million miles away eating on the banks of the ChattahOOchie River in this idyllic setting.  While this is often nOt the case, here is a place where the fOOd matches the setting!

Canoe’s house smoked salmon is to die for - probably the best we have ever had.  

In the spirit of our Georgia quest for the best, our youngest teenage sOn, who is not the most adventurous eater, tried the Slow Roasted Georgia Rabbit with house bacon, mushroom tortellini and candied garlic sauce.  We would have lOved to try it, but he shOckingly ate every last bite saying it was one of the best things he has ever eaten.  

Do not miss the pOpcOrn Ice Cream Sundae with Canoe’s house made Craker Jack.  If only they could ship this Fedex to Dallas!  

And, whatever you do, save time for one last glass of wine at the O-mazing bar by the river.  The only dOwnside to this experience is that you won’t want to leave!

mid tOwn O-bsession - South City Kitchen

You knOw your meal is going to be a Southern masterpiece when the caesar salad comes with grit croutons and fried okra on tOp!  

Don’t miss the stack of fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, shrimp and red mule grits and some of Atlanta’s best mac and cheese.  We wish we were still teenagers and could eat the ultimate carb fest of buttermilk fried farm chicken with smashed bliss red potatoes and four cheese mac and cheese (substituted for the usual collard greens - like mother, like son).

No matter what you have or how many times you have visited, the warmth of this 1920's historic bungalow and open kitchen with O so gOOd arOmas will make you feel like you are right at hOme.  

dOwntOwn O-bsession - White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails

Thank gOOdness we can walk from the market to relax amidst beautiful Georgia marble and reclaimed Georgia pine and wOrk on our gOal of trying everything on this mOuth watering menu.  

Our current favOrites include the Pork Meatballs with honey garlic sauce, asher blue cheese and collard green Kimchi (this is the way we will eat our cOllard greens :))  and the Shrimp on a bed of black eyed peas, spinach and ham hock with crispy shredded okra on tOp.

We will be back sOOn for crispy pimento cheese with green tOmatO marmalade and strawberry jam.  Yum!

As we spend the rest of the year thinking about some of the best Southern cOOking we will ever eat, we hOpe you’ll join the O-bsession and share sOme of your favOrites with us!


Janie and Caroline

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