The historic, century-old building in which the Wylie resides opened as the Garner-Wallace Hotel in 1929, before closing four years later due to the financial fallout of the Great Depression. The property reopened as the 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel and included restaurant Mrs. P’s Tea Room on the ground level.
Opened in 1956, Mrs. P’s Tea Room would become one of Atlanta’s original LGBTQ-friendly bars, until it finally closed in the 1980s. The basement level of the old hotel also served as the original location for MJQ nightclub, with the building eventually converted to the Ponce Student Suites apartments in 2014.
As for this second iteration of Mrs. P’s, the restaurant features a small dining room and bar, glass-enclosed sunroom, and a terrace overlooking Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu for Mrs. P’s leans into Southern comfort foods, while bringing in some of the global food influences and ingredients now found at restaurants throughout metro Atlanta.
Breakfast and brunch offer dishes like an avocado tartine with prosciutto, poached eggs, and arugula, almond croissant French toast, and breakfast tacos stuffed with nduja sausage, eggs, and beans. At lunch, expect Moroccan watermelon salad tossed with harissa, olives, feta cheese, and pistachio or red beans and rice arancini served with roasted garlic aioli and hot sauce.
Dinner features appetizers like boiled peanuts and grilled Georgia peaches as well as small plates such as okra “devils on horseback” and steak and eggs topped with trout roe. Look for entrees at Mrs. P’s to include barbecue lamb lollipops, a daily fish dinner, and char-grilled steak.
Check out the menus for Mrs. P’s Bar and Kitchen here.
551 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. wyliehotel.com.
Breakfast daily: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Permanent daily hours begin for all three meals and Sunday brunch Labor Day weekend.
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