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Matthews Cafeteria

2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084-4702
(770) 491-9577
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Ranked #7 of 107 restaurants in Tucker
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My family and I tried Matthew's while in vacation after hearing about it from Diner's, Drive-in's and Dives. This is just the type of place we were looking for. Good food at a reasonable price (cheap in this case), that's a little quirky. This is definitely no frills - cafeteria-style and very modest. We came today because my wife really... More

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Dacula, Georgia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The decor of the place isn't going to do it for you, so let's get that out of the way first. But, what they lack in decor, they make up for with really tasty southern cooked food. This is a cafeteria style restaurant, and you pick your meat, sides, salads, desserts, etc. You carry your own tray to a table,... More

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Washington, D.C.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were on our way to Stone Mountain when it started to pour so we looked on Yelp for restaurants nearby and found good reviews for Matthews Cafeteria. We were pleasantly surprised. It's a place where locals go, no frills, but clean and rather charming. The food was pretty good. What looked like mac and cheese was really squash and... More

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Tucker, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A colleague of mine recently moved from Canton, GA down to almost to the new city of Brookhaven, GA. He asked what restaurants served traditional Southern Cooking. I told him that you can't do better than Matthew's. It shaves all the glitz, glamour and trappings and serves without a doubt the best period southern period food period ever period. Fried... More

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Lawrenceville, GA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Matthews Cafeteria has been in business longer than most people who are currently living have been alive. It is an iconic eating establishment among people who grew up in the Tucker area. Matthews serves up generous portions of the best southern comfort food that you can get this side of your grandmother's house. Food doesn't get much better than this... More

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Tucker, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have eaten at Matthews many times over the years and the food is very,very good. The building is a concrete block with ole time soda chairs.You better get there early, because it is always packed. The fried chicken is excellent. Try their breakfast for a pleasant change.

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Mississauga
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172 reviews 172 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Had seen this little spot on DINERS, DRIVE-INS & DIVES some years ago but hadn't had a chance to get near here before. What a lunch treat this was at a remarkably reasonable price. It is exactly what it is...a cafeteria.....so why would anyone expect gourmet food???? Came in on a Monday for the Triple D recommended chicken & dumplings... More

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Atlanta
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I've been going here for years and the food is not spectacular, just plain good. In particular, I'm very fond of the meatloaf, turkey and dressing (Thursdays only) and the chicken pan pie. Their broccoli casserole, squash casserole in particular are very good, as are all of their vegetables. For desert there is fresh strawberry shortcake, and my favorite, the... More

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Tucker, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Not sure why or how the local football manages to eat this stuff before every game. This place has that unappetizing cafeteria smell and the sloppy food to match. Not my idea of good, or even decent, Southern cooking. It's just gotten really gross, I used to have pretty good experiences here.

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Lawrenceville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Thes guys know southern cooking. We love their fried chicken or go on Thursday's for the fried pork chop...these are great pork chops like Momma used to make. The sides are great as well. We love the mashed potatoes & green beans. Come hungry as you will get a lot of food. It is all served buffet cafeteria style. I... More

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