Oh Mary Mac’s you are old as the hills. With age comes experience and longevity in this industry speaks for itself. You call it old fourth ward, I call it “near the Fox”.
Décor is grandmother chic with some family style tables along with more modest set ups for 2-4 (but don’t expect to be able to hear each other talk). Background music is clanking dishes and flatware along with a hymn of sweet tea glasses feverishly being filled and refilled.
Let’s just keep it real here. You go for the fried chicken. It’s very decent. This is a southern meat and three type joint. Vegetables are typical southern style, nutrition cooked out by boiling and or frying. Biscuits are borderline divine. I don’t know that overall it’s any better than cracker barrel but there are no cracker barrels in this part of town and the majority of southern style restaurants in the midtown/downtown area have gone white linen and break the bank pricing. Not that I mind. I do love me some fine dining even if that means $28 fried chicken.
Vegetables are the usual suspects in typical southern style, nutrition cooked out by boiling and or frying. Biscuits are borderline divine. Service can be a crapshoot but what do you expect for a low price point? This isn’t where you go to get your arse kissed you go for southern comfort and Mary Mac’s does that very well. Lineup includes collards, corn bread, black eyed peas, fried okra and let me not forget the mac and cheese.
Mary Mac’s will stay around as long as her regulars keep coming back. I won’t be one of them. I have been three times all at the urging of others but left to my own devices I would not chose this for myself. Lukewarm affection here. 5.5 out of 10.