Anyone that’s ever spent a minute or two in Atlanta knows that Mara Davis is the bee’s knees. She was an institution at Dave-FM (RIP) and currently hosts Atlanta Eats Radio
Q. Balki Bartokomous and his cousin Larry Appleton are perfect strangers to Atlanta. They’re coming to town for a weekend and they’re leaning on you to be their tour guide. Thoughts?
A. First we’d hit the usual spots, Piedmont Park, The High Museum, Little 5 Points and Lenox Mall. They seem like they may be in need of a fashion makeover since the 80’s. Do you think they’d fit in at the corner of 10th and Piedmont? For dinner it has to be Kyma! Balki would totally be into the stuffed grape leaves.
Q. You recently took part in a promotion where you hit as many Atlanta landmarks as you could on one tank of gas. Which ones are worth going back to? Any you can do without seeing for a couple of years?
A. Underground sucks. Anytime someone comes in from out of town and says “”we went to Underground”” I’m just like UGGGGGH. It is the worst. I want to re-visit Sweet Auburn and The King Center. After living here almost 15 years I’ve still never done the official tour of the MLK center. And of course the CNN Center is great.
Q. 24 hours riding MARTA, 12 hours driving The Perimeter, or 6 hours walking up and down Peachtree?
A. I actually rode Marta for 24 hours as part of a radio promotion during 96 Olympics. What the f**k was I thinking? All of these choices sound pretty awful, but if I’d have to pick one it would be the driving. Sitting in my own car with music and listening to Stern on Sirius would be a plus.
Q. Favorite neighborhood?
A. Virginia Highland, where I live. I also love Inman and Candler Park.