The Varsity Downtown
61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Fax: (404) 874-3989
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Drive Through: Yes
Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, American, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Fast Food
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Below Average
The Varsity has been around for a long time and is an iconic restaurant in Atlanta. The orange drink and orange frosty are both great classics. I like the hot dogs and fries myself to eat. They also have an ice cream bar with tasty ice cream.
The service is exceptionally fast; they have perfected the art of moving people quickly through the line so you never wait more than 2 minutes even when crowded.
The various rooms have televisions playing: some news, some sports, etc which is a nice touch.
Being new to Atlanta I've been told of how great the Varsity was , but when I tried them it wasn't what I thought it would be. Now don't get me wrong the hot dogs weren't bad , but from the talk of the town.... I thought they would be better. I had a slaw dog and a chili dog. The chili dog was a little over priced if you asked me . The team moved the line quickly, but I wouldn't say that they gave me Chick-fil-a type customer service ( best customer service at a fast food restaurant). I hear that back in the day it was better ,so try it for yourself and then you be the judge.
Love stopping by The Varsity on our way through Atlanta. The FO is definitely a MUST try if you stop.
I've lived in Atlanta for 2 years and this past weekend was the first time I went to the Varisty. It's definitely a staple here and a must try. I had a cheeseburger, onions rings and fries which were all delicious. If you got make sure you've saved up some extra calories cause you can easily blow a days worth of calories on a meal here.
I can't drive through Atlanta or Athens without stopping for a bite to eat at the varsity! My favorite menu items… Grilled pimento cheese, onion rings and a frosted orange! Not a place to go if you're on a diet!
06/14/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The burger I got had the texture and consistency of meatloaf and the bun was super thin. Hot dog I got was terrible. Overall my meal was pretty bad and the person I went with didn't like the food either.
Definitely DOES NOT live up the the hype and reputation. First visit will be my last.
01/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
To quote my girlfriend when we sat down: ""Ew. Let's leave.""
I admit at first, I was worried too. It smelled like Chinese food in this place - yes, Chinese food. The waitresses were eating their lunch at the front of the restaurant when we walked in. Without standing up, one of them smiled and pointed to a table at the back.
The restaurant was empty, despite a handmade sign that said: ""Line moves quickly!"" Perhaps we mistimed our meal, showing up for breakfast at noon. Either way, the menu offers mostly breakfast foods including omelets, bacon, pancakes, and my favorite: eggs benedict.
I ordered the California eggs benedict and my girlfriend got the Crab eggs benedict. Within ten minutes our waitress delivered our meal. We were happily surprised. The plate was nicely made up. My eggs benedict had large, fresh slices of avocado and fresh grilled turkey. My girlfriend's eggs benedict had heaps of real crab meat, topped with capers.
The hollandaise sauce was buttery and rich and the eggs perfectly cooked. We noticed that my plate was garnished with a lemon wedge while my girlfriend's came with an orange slice. It was a small detail, but showed that they actually care about how they present their dishes here.
We repeatedly noted how tasty the food was, and how wrong we were to prejudge the experience.
Having said this, the place would probably have netted a higher score had the ambiance been nicer. Still, who am I - a tourist - to waltz into a place that is clearly liked by the locals and ask that place to change? If you are a tourist like me, you should be happy that a place like this exists at all. Two blocks from the Prescott Hotel on Post St. sits a great little place for breakfast.
07/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
OK Here's the REAL deal about the Varsity!
The food probably won't fill you up. The burgers are very thin, the hot dogs are small, etc. The fries are often soggy & cold. But for some reason, it just tastes good. Don't go in expecting a meaty, juice burger.. go in expecting greasy, McDonald's-esque meal and you'll be satisfied.
The atmosphere is wonderful. If you come to Atlanta, you have to visit! I've been going to the Varsity for years & years (raised here in Atlanta), and I love it. Especially before a sporting event!
Frosted Orange is a MUST HAVE. They are amazing!
The food is all very affordable. For two people, we eat for $15.
01/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
You cannot be serious? I have frequented the varsity on occasion as hoping that the quality of the product would improve like better quality Dogs.
I suppose if you live in a closet, listen to city search ad hype. and have never visited Chicago or NY, or Even Liverpool NY (best dogs) You would not know what a great dog is. i guess one pays for the show.
12/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I go every time I am in town. The food is actually quie bad. The famed hot dogs are just boiled hot dogs on a steamed soggy bun. Those who claim the food is good are delusional or have never eaten a decent hot dog. The atmosphere is what makes going to the varsity worth while. Just people watching is worth the price of the bad food.
Ok, as a graduate of GT I know I'm biased, but I love the Varsity for what it is. Decent food with a charm and character that is unique in Atlanta. Don't expect anything gourmet here but the chili dogs are decent, the fries and rings are appropriately greasy, the fried pies are a treat and the FOs (frozen orange - think of an orange frosty) are yummy. We used to come here and sit in the car and we enjoyed every minute of it. Now I stop by on my way to an event in the city and still enjoy the hustle and bustle on gameday, the "what'll ya haves" echoing throughout and the energy of this place. Its a definite must-visit for out of town guests.
10/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I'm not sure which way to lean on it, on one hand there is a great atmosphere because you have the blend of different types of people that come here. Everyone from college kids to working professionals. On the other hand the food is really greasy, any the people could use a little more customer service training. The food tastes really good though, and even though I know its not good for me, I find myself craving The Varsity ever so often.