Magnolia Room Cafeteria

Great southern cooking!

I went to the Magnolia Room Cafeteria, in Tucker Georgia, for the first time today. They chose the name because that was the name of the dining room at the old downtown Atlanta Riches store.[1]

It all started with the old S&S Cafeteria, on Chamblee-Tucker Road, in Embry Hills, which closed after 43 years of service to Atlanta. Many of those employees now work at the Magnolia Room. Their head chef, Carl Lee, has been cooking for over 30 years. Every day they rotate at least three different items on the vegetable menu. They say that they always aim for 5-star quality in their meat dishes. All the desserts and bread are made from scratch every day.

They had a great variety of meat dishes and vegetables in the cafeteria line. I chose the premium chop sirloin with gravy and onions, cabbage, baked casserole (broccoli), and classic cornbread. Tim chose the fried catfish, green beans, homemade mashed potatoes, and yeat roll. Everything was cooked perfectly and seasoned to perfection. While a little pricey this is not your standard cafeteria cuisine that I had been used to from Picadilly, Morrisons, or S7S Cafeterias.

All the employees were super nice and helpful. It really looked like they enjoyed being there and serving up this great food. The classic cornbread was delicious and reminded me of what my mother would make when I was a kid.

They had some nice-looking salads and desserts like pecan pie, egg custard, and peach cobbler.

Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

4450 Hugh Howell Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Main Line

Catering & Private Dining

  1. Having lunch or tea at the Magnolia Room, located in the downtown Rich’s store, was a true treat for shoppers, many of whom fondly now recall “getting dressed up” and going into Atlanta just to visit Rich’s. The Magnolia Room’s chicken salad and frozen fruit salad recipes are still sought-after by Atlanta foodies.


The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution
Tucker Restaurant Week 2022
Magnolia Room Cafeteria

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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