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The Varsity

61 North Ave., Atlanta, GA - (404) 881-1706
Posted By Joe Kirkpatrick on 1/28/2008 11:08:00 PM
Given the opportunity to revisit the "V" for the first time since the mid-seventies, I walked four blocks from my hotel room one evening last week when I was up in the area on business. While "The Varsity" once was a major draw to the Georgia Tech. area, I have to admit I was very dissapointed with my recent visit there.

My first warning, I suppose, was the lack of customers; there were only about a dozen diners present. Ignoring that, I ordered two All The Way Dogs, a Yankee Dog, a Ring one, and a P.C. My order was received quickly. I gathered the required stack of napkins, and a straw, and sat down.

I decided to eat the Yankee first. Hmmm... small dog. Appeared to be a 10:1. With only mustard on the small greasy dog, it was acceptable. Sipped some of the P.C.: good. Ring time: let's just say they were drowning in goo. I ate only three and pushed them away. The All The Way... I studied this a bit first. Same small greasy dog, this time with a healthy dose of the V's rendition of "chili" and other toppings. Now, if this was chili, well you could have fooled me. On a positive note, the diced onions on the dog were nice and fresh. I managed to finish that dog save for a bite or two.

Feeling woozy from the grease now accumulating in my digestive tract, I decided to skip the other dog. I finished my P.C. Everything else went to the trash container. I left as I arrived, slightly saddened that another Atlanta landmark had gone down the drain.

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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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