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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
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Bainbridge, Ga
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Contweets
Boulder, Colorado
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238 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Supposedly somewhat of a legend in Atlanta... not sure why but putting one in Athens seems to be a natural extension of their 'legacy'. If you like grease dripping from your onion rings and burgers, then this is your place... look not farther - they have this down to a science... simply walk up to the counter, have someone ask... More 

Thank DanM320
Winston Salem, NC
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though I am mostly vegetarian these days, I had to get an MKO (mustard, ketchup, onions) dog from the Varsity on a recent visit. One of the few things I miss about Athens GA!! It is fast food, maybe a little greasy, but it has a taste and atmosphere all its own. If you want a true Athens' experience,... More 

Thank waxwing3
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to try it, was adequate. I ordered chili, cheese, ,mustard, raw onion dog; also the chili, mustard, cheese, slaw then ordered the online rings. Got back to my hotel dogs were great but no mustard. Got French fries instead of my onion rings.

Thank Manuel P
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the quick food service. Enjoyed the Heavy Dog and the Frozen Orange but I didn't really like the concept of the order takers screaming at you "What'll yall have!", when you're trying to figure out what you want, especially being an out of towner. And feeling rushed. Besides that aspect, I think the food was very grub worthy.

Thank Pang L
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Small burgers, good but small. The fries were delicious. As soon as you walk in their ready to take your order.

Thank Moe W
Cape Coral, Florida
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Going to UG to tour, wanted to stop in for a first time visit and was very underwhelmed. Dogs and burgers were good but looked like the had been under the heat lamp for a bit. Great for a first time visit and to taste a bit of history.

Thank hakunajimbo
Zebulon, Georgia
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Never been to this Varsity, but grew up on the Atlanta location. Great, friendly service. My two dogs were perfect, but my rings were not even warm. My large FO made the meal, and I am 40+ years fat and happy with the Varsity.

Thank BoxLunchConnoisseur
Hampton, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Greatest Chili Dawgs! Best Onion Rings! Wonderful Chili Steaks! Wash it all down with a FO! Top it of with a fried apple pie!

Thank dixiedawg58
Stephens, Georgia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Try out the pimento cheese burger and chili cheese fries. Everything on their menu is amazing and ranges from burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings, pies and icecream! Whadaya have?

Thank seck05

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?