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The Varsity Athens

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1000 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606
706-548-6325
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Classic for hot dogs & onion rings

The Varsity is on the corner of Milledge Avenue and West Broad street, with a big parking lot that you can enter from either of these streets. Workers at the counter will greet you with the famous line, "What'll you have?" and then shout your order back to the kitchen. Hot dogs can be ordered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
AthensBulldawg
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Athens GA
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Substandard food, fries dry or greasy take your pick. Hotdog not even salvageable with cheese, chili and onions to convert it up. Go once to day you have been then leave it alone.

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Athens GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Varsity is on the corner of Milledge Avenue and West Broad street, with a big parking lot that you can enter from either of these streets. Workers at the counter will greet you with the famous line, "What'll you have?" and then shout your order back to the kitchen. Hot dogs can be ordered plain ("naked"), or with slaw... More 

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I think this location is much better than the Atlanta location. We walked straight up to the cashier, gave them our orders, and received our food. Afterwards, we sat down without a wait. This NEVER happens in Atlanta! If we lived closer to this location, then we would come more often. Recommend!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband had never eaten here and my daughter and I were excited for him. Highly disappointed! Doesn't live up to the Varsity standards at all. No excitement in there at all. No one interacted with us at all. The food wasn't what we expected at all. Not a good experience at all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Just get the chili dog, fries and orange..only place better may be their Atlanta original location but Athen is a Great place.

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great southern drive-in food. The best hot dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs that I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is very 1950's "Happy Days" drive-in cool. The peach fried pies are wonderful. If you are a vegan, don't bother, but if you enjoy good burgers, dogs and fixins southern style, the Athens Varsity can't be beat.

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Monroe, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I sometimes get a gnawing feeling for a good chili dog with onions. It involves driving thirty miles one way but it's worth it. If you really want to pile it on.....try some onion rings fresh out of the fire. You will return, as I do. The cokes come with shaved ice, it doesn't get any better than that. Grab... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Finally had a chance to eat at the Athens Varsity. Food was completely consistent with other Varsitys. Very fast and friendly service. Clean dinig rooms and restrooms. If you're in the neighborhood, it's the best worst food you'll ever have.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It was OK. A little bit too greasy for my taste. Service was not great either, but it's great to go after an event or a holiday...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great fast food. Some of the greasiest onion rings around but fantastic. I always get the chili dogs, onion rings, Come and peach pie. What a meal!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: 706-548-6325

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?