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The Varsity

61 North Ave., Atlanta, GA - (404) 881-1706
Posted By Walter Clark on 11/3/2011 9:58:00 PM
Being a Native Atlantan (by the grace of God) I have had many thousands of Varsity hot dogs, cheese steaks, glorified steaks, orange drinks, fries, and "rangs" (onion rings to you newcomers). Back in the day, I recall there being only one line to order hot dogs, fries, rings, and drinks. You had better know what you wanted and be able to spit it out quick, or you would get some dirty looks. All the way down to the door on North Avenue was the hamburger/sandwich area, where you could get a glorified steak (mayo/tomato/lettuce), chili steak, cheese steak, or pimiento cheese sanmdwich.

There atmosphere accounts for a lot of the charm here, and the young kids trying to gruffly snarl, "Whaddall ya haaave, whaddall ya haave" just doesn't move me like the old guys, and the 1960s. But time marches on. The rings are still the best, the chili dog is still great (and don't leave off the onions), and the shaker of hot powdery substance on the table is still just as good as ever. I never drive through Atlanta without stopping at "The V."

The food is quick, uniform, and a piece of America that's fed hundreds of thousands of Tech students and fans. So, on a busy afternoon, go inside, fight your way to the counter, and when the counter guy says "Whaddall ya haave," you come back with, "Gimme three all-the-way dogs, rangs, and a big orange."

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Onion rings
Frosted Orange
Peach Pie
French Fries
Chili Dog
Hamburger
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A beautiful food pyramid, including pork (hot dog), beef (chili sauce), grain (bun), spice (mustard), vegetable (onion rings), and fruit (fried peach pie).
"A beautiful food pyramid, including pork (hot dog), beef (chili sauce), grain (bun), spice (mustard), vegetable (onion rings), and fruit (fried peach pie)."
Michael Stern





The Varsity's signature dish: a chili dog with a yellow streak.
"The Varsity's signature dish: a chili dog with a yellow streak."
Michael Stern


Once the peach pie is pulled apart, it gets pretty messy. Be sure to grab extra napkins when you carry your tray to a table.
"Once the peach pie is pulled apart, it gets pretty messy. Be sure to grab extra napkins when you carry your tray to a table."
Michael Stern


Thousands of peach pies are fried and served daily at the Varsity. Despite the mass production, they are Roadfood par excellence.
"Thousands of peach pies are fried and served daily at the Varsity. Despite the mass production, they are Roadfood par excellence. "
Michael Stern


The Varsity's crunchy onion rings are neatly arranged in the boat from big to small.
"The Varsity's crunchy onion rings are neatly arranged in the boat from big to small."
Cliff Strutz


Can you hear these rings crunch? No matter what else is on your tray at the Varsity, this tidy cluster needs to be there.
"Can you hear these rings crunch? No matter what else is on your tray at the Varsity, this tidy cluster needs to be there."
Michael Stern


Frosted Orange technically is a beverage, but it is thick enough to demand a spoon.
"Frosted Orange technically is a beverage, but it is thick enough to demand a spoon."
Michael Stern


Fried pies are popular throughout the South and the Varsity's peach version is especially good.
"Fried pies are popular throughout the South and the Varsity's peach version is especially good."
Cliff Strutz


The Varsity menu
"The Varsity menu"
Michael Stern


When we walked in to The Varsity, most of the ordering stations were open, so we approached the young lady who called out ''What'll you have, what'll you have'' the loudest.
"When we walked in to The Varsity, most of the ordering stations were open, so we approached the young lady who called out ''What'll you have, what'll you have'' the loudest."
Cliff Strutz


A rare sight:  the Varsity counter without a crowd.  This picture was taken in the morning, 30 seconds after opening.
"A rare sight: the Varsity counter without a crowd. This picture was taken in the morning, 30 seconds after opening."
Michael Stern


The drive-in area of the Varsity glows at night with neon and the giant red 'V' is easily visible from the nearby interstate.
"The drive-in area of the Varsity glows at night with neon and the giant red 'V' is easily visible from the nearby interstate."
Cliff Strutz


Exterior of Varsity, August 2007.
"Exterior of Varsity, August 2007."
Elaine Anderson


The world's largest drive-in.
"The world's largest drive-in."
Michael Stern



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