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The Varsity Athens

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1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Augusta, Georgia
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First time visiting The Varsity, the chili dog was delicious and the chocolate shake was too! Fast service with a smile!

Thank Fredda J
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Varsity hot-dog is a staple in Athens so visit. The hot-dog is only good though if you order a side of fries. Be prepared to wipe the grease!

Thank Joy F
Safety Harbor, Florida
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Either you like chili dogs or you don't. And I love these. Been eating them for years. This spinoff from the original Varsity in Atlanta has been a part of the University of Georgia culture for decades. Soft warm buns, spicy beef chili with just the right amount of grease, a good beef Weiner, yellow mustard, fresh chopped onions. If... More 

Thank BeachguyWalt
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is not my favorite---typical fast food. But I love the atmosphere. It's an Atlanta/Athens staple, and it just feels like home.

Thank Belinda B
Gainesville, Georgia
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997 reviews
797 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,006 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

grease factor is off the charts here even if the menu hasn't changed since 1927. the chili dogs were good, but not much else. the fries and rings were pitifully greasy, almost inedible. grease build up on stainless steel here wouldn't come clean with effort slaw staff was putting forth in 1000 years. they were not happy at work and... More 

Thank bbqman3341
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141 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Cheap eats, clean and fast. Hot dogs, chili dogs and hamburgers and fries and onion rings. Get a frosted orange, very yummy.

Thank 30043
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

This was my first time being at The Varsity in Athens. I've only ever frequented the one in Atlanta before. The service was good and the food was released fast. The onion rings are always my favorite and I love that the restaurant stays open late.

Thank amirah e
Athens, Georgia
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Had the jones for a couple of slaw dawgs backed up by a side o' rings. The juicy dawgs arrived piping hot, loaded with slawy goodness. Onion rings exploded with a plethora of flavor which is unparalleled. Trust me, you will not be disappointed with your decision to sample the exquisite cuisine of The Varsity. For your viewing pleasure, all... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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151 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Not a fan. Crowded, not very clean, and staff who clearly wanted to be somewhere else. But the food? Appearances can be deceiving, so thought maybe it will taste ok. Nope. Maybe it is my bias against fast food, but once was enough for me.

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Bainbridge, Ga
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I have been eating Varsity food since back in the 60's. While the Athens location does not hold the charm and atmosphere of the original North Ave location in the ATL, they do a pretty good job here. The menu is the same and the staff try to model the methods used by Mr. Gordy and Mrs. Muir's staff in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: 706-548-6325

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