We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Mara Davis, an Atlanta radio icon covering the latest and greatest in Atlanta’s food and music scenes. You’ve probably heard her talk shop with Atlanta’s best restaurant insiders or cover our city’s dining trends on the Atlanta Eats’ radio program. Or, maybe you’ve heard her on WABE 90.1, Atlanta’s NPR station, sharing the weekend’s upcoming musical events on “Mara’s Music Mix.” She may not be a native Atlantan – she’s only been here for 20 years – but she’s passionate about this city and its offerings.
Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Davis herself.
I live in… “Virginia Highland. We just love the area because of how walkable it is. We can walk to dinner, the farmers market, the coffee shop and we always see familiar faces.”
I Wish People Knew… “about Ruffus Rescue. I’m obsessed with dogs and only have one, but I'd rescue all of them from Ruffus Rescue if I could. The woman who runs it, Harriet Patterson, is an angel.”
You Can Find Me… “some place different every day – the life of a freelancer! My work for Atlanta Eats Radio and WABE takes me to different restaurants and concerts around town. If I’m not working, I’m binge watching a TV series. Current favorites are Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle, Billions and Silicon Valley.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m Headed to… “my kitchen to prepare a somewhat healthy meal for my kid. We’re big supporters of the Morningside Farmers Market, and I love using Georgia Grinders’ almond butter and Beautiful Briny Sea infused salts. When we go out we like to keep it in the neighborhood.”
Clock Strikes 5’oclock, I’m Drinking… “on the weekdays plain soda water, weekends vodka soda. I always try to order vodka sodas made with Old Fourth Distillery vodka. They were one of my first interviews on Atlanta Eats Radio and their vodka is delicious.”
If I had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d Check Into… “the Loews Atlanta or Four Seasons Atlanta. Location, location, location! They’re the most centrally located hotels and Piedmont Park is in their backyard, walking distance from the High Museum of Art and relatively close to Buckhead.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is… “the Jackson Street Bridge. It’s the best view of the city and The Walking Dead made it iconic, and it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise. Check out the hashtag on Instagram, and it’s so cool to see how everyone has a different take on the view.”
When I’m Playing Tourist I go to…“the Atlanta BeltLine. Exercise, shopping, art, culture, people watching and restaurants - you can't beat it. I really love Krog Street Market, it feels uniquely Atlanta with Todd Ginsberg’s restaurants (Fred’s Meat and Bread; Yalla), Gu’s Dumplings and Kevin Outz’s The Spotted Trotter. You look it and just think, “this is Atlanta”
I Get My Sweat On… “Flywheel Atlanta when Cathy O' Meara's teaching. She plays such great music I almost forget I'm working out.”
I Love Spending My Money at… “Atlanta restaurants. I recently did the tasting menu at Staplehouse and it was worth every penny. Can't wait to go back.”