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The Varsity

61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
(404) 881-1706
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Ranked #495 of 3,433 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 am
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Memphis
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59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Having eaten there several times over the years when I visited, I took my husband for his first ever. Hot dog was disappointing. Fried, onion rings and Frozen Oranges were great. But, he can say he's eaten at the largest hot dog stand!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I am from Georgia and lived only about 45 minutes away from Atl. The Varsity is a national land mark. So everytime we go home we have to stop in and grab something to eat. I love this place the food while on the greasey side is still really good for fast food. While yes the cashiers seem to be... More

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

definitely not for the food! The Varsity is a staple of Atlanta and is a place many people go for the atmosphere. However, the food is not good at all. The hamburgers make McDonald's regular hamburgers look like a huge 1-2 lb burger! The fries and onion rings are so loaded in grease that they, alone, keep Crisco in business!... More

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Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Most overrated eatery in Atlanta. Whatta Ya Have?...another restaurant. The chili dogs are dried out hunks of mystery meat with globs of grease soaked bland "chili" on top. The burgers are nothing to write home about and the fries suck. Lousy start to what turned into a great weekend with the Lion King at the Fox. Next time we'll eat... More

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Georgetown, Indiana
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Not my favorite place I have ever been, but if you are in Atlanta and never been, you have to try it once. I had the chili cheese dog and burger and it was good. The plain burger and plain hot dog were also good. Probably not a place I would go again, but everything was good.

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Sacramento, California
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Greetings humble travelers it's your friend Mayor Adam West. When you think of Atlanta I'm sure you picture raty strip clubs and sports teams with pathetic records. Well may I suggest an Atlanta institution that wont require delousing when you leave. The Varsity, Atlanta's original drive in diner! Now don't be put off by all the colored folk working there,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Went with extended family that was in town. They heard about the Varsity and wanted to try it. I had eaten there before both downtown and at the airport. I was not going to pass judgment but let them taste for themselves the food. Well they were all disappointed with the dogs. From the buns to the overly salted chili... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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217 reviews 217 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We were working in Marietta, but you can get here for lunch within 20 minutes. Thankfully quick lines and "fast food" you can make this work for lunch hour. I drove by this and all told me it was the place to try. I couldn't pass up an institution. I went once and that was enough for me. Burgers, onion... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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89 reviews 89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's worth the visit just to be a part of a long-standing tradition. Great selection of hot dogs, delicious onion rings, and, of course: Coke!!!!! There's a drive-in if it's not too hot, a parking lot and plenty of room to sit. A large fast food hot spot for many football fans over the years. Employees are helpful and refills... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have been eating here (only occasionally ) for over thirty years. It is always fun and I know it is not healthy as staple source of food. But why not have some adventure. Chili dog all the way, with added chopped onion, onion rings, and frosted orange are the best choices. I cannot say that I ever enjoyed the... More

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