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Look Inside Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken in East Lake

Fried chicken, oysters, and champagne have finally arrived at Hosea + 2nd

The fried chicken at Mary Hoopa’s comes in regular, sweet, and hot varieties
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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

One Eared Stag chef Robert Phalen finally debuted his long-awaited second restaurant in East Lake, Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters. The restaurant’s opening at the Hosea + 2nd complex was pushed back several times over the course of 2017.

But, that wait is now over.

The restaurant’s name is inspired by the caretaker of Phalen’s mother-in-law, Mary Hoopa, who often cooked what the chef calls “yard-to-table” meals; including the fried chicken for which Phalen has become known at his Inman Park restaurant One Eared Stag.

The bright and open dining room seats up to 54 people with an oyster bar in the front of the restaurant, another bar toward the back entrance, and tables throughout which can seat between two and eight people. A back deck seats an additional 32 people and will be open during the warmer months.

Beverages at Mary Hoopa’s, located next door to Poor Hendrix, include beer, wine, sparkling wine, and champagne as well as beer-centric cocktails from Mikey Kilbourne, One Eared Stag’s beverage director.

Take a look inside Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters now open at Hosea + 2nd in East Lake.

The Space

Looking toward the bar and back entrance
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Seating ranges from two tops to eight tops
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Oyster bar and seating toward the front of Mary Hoopa’s
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The inside of Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters: featuring several orange chairs at their individual tables.
The dining room includes salvaged heart pine floors, plywood paneling, and exposed, old plaster walls
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The Food

The fried chicken sandwich
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Clam wraps with lemon cream, Calabrese chili, mint, basil, and pickled onions
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Sumac-spiced carrots and yogurt
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Oyster can be ordered raw with cocktail sauce, mignonette, and saltines or grilled with fermented lemon, confit garlic, chervil, and butter
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Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters
The menu also includes 11 sparkling wines for pairing with the fried chicken or oysters
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The Guise with mezcal, amaro, green chartreuse, and grapefruit and the Solar Winds with vodka, maple, cinnamon, sherry, and allspice dram
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The now closed Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters at the corner of Hosea L. Williams and 2nd Avenue in East Lake
Mary Hoopa’s in East Lake at the Hosea + 2nd complex
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Sunday - Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

2371 Hosea L Williams Drive SE, Building 1, Atlanta.

One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 525-4479 Visit Website

Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea L Williams Drive Southeast, , GA 30317 (404) 549-8756 Visit Website

Hosea + 2nd

2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317 (678) 632-5814 Visit Website

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