The Greasy Foodie
The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.
I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Greasy Foodie" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.
If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 4, 2016
Mary Mac's Tea Room
224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
From Soul Food Paradise
What they say: "Georgia Peach Cobbler" (fresh peaches smothered in homemade brown sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon cobbler sauce topped with a candied crust served a la mode), "Southern Special" (3 entrees including meatloaf, chicken & dumplings, roast pork, country fried steak, roasted turkey, and baked or fried chicken and 3 sides including fried green tomatoes, sweet potato soufflé and tomato pie)
Listen, the short and long of it is, I am a Southern boy by birth, by heart, by soul, and by belly. American (food) by choice, Southern (food) by the grace of g-d. You can take the boy out of the South, but you cant take the South out of the boy. However, you can take the southern food out of the boy by taking the boy out of the south.
I appreciate southern soul food, and love when it is done right.
Southern food is at its best when it is made at its core, its name sake, in the south. You wouldn't get waffles at pancake pantry or pancakes at waffle house, so why would you get Southern food not in the South.
Mary Mac's Tea Room is the perfect evidence of why Southern food excels to perfection when it is served below the Mason-Dixon line. Some of the finest soul food around. Everything is battered, fried, sugared, and creamed. Sweet tea. And it is all done so to greatness. Mary Mac's Tearoom is the epitome of Southern Soul food and a landmark and epicenter as well. Where recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Where recipes don't come with measurements, but with a "dash", "pinch", "splash", or "dip".
Come on down to Mary Mac's Tea Room you hear!