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The Varsity Downtown

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(136 Reviews)

61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 881-1706

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Today: 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
90
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (404) 874-3989

Services/Products
We Cater
Payment method
visa, amex, mastercard, discover
Price Range
$
Neighborhood
Downtown
Categories
Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, Caterers, American, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Fast Food

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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Nicholas P.
Edited: 07/20/2017
Overall
An Icon

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.

Sanika S.

03/18/2017

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Food
Service

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.

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Kim W.

05/25/2016

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Stopped in for lunch while in Atlanta based on some friends recommendation. First, I knew this was downtown but wow. The food was okay but not spectacular. I've had better burgers.

Julie B.

05/24/2016

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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.

Leigh K.

10/24/2015

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Worse good I have ever eaten. Had been looking forward to the experience for ten years but ���� Would not ever go back. The dogs were not hot in fact all of our food was cold. Save you money. Burgers yuk. Thanks but no thank. Do not get a pie either.

Darnell B.

09/20/2015

Overall

I had forgotten how great a chili dog and FO could be. OMG fantabulous. add some onion and it is heaven. granted, i am a big boy, but i love me some rangs and chili dogs

danielles.1989

01/13/2013

Overall

I love the varsity it's real American food much only problem is because of so much Grease and slaw the buns are a little soggy but all in all great tasting food an it's fun to see that they are usually the same people who have been there 30 40 50 years

AdamY

06/14/2012

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Overall
Editorial review from 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.

MadMax1234

05/01/2012

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Who doesn't love the Varsity

Who doesn't love the varsity. Always a home run every time I go here. Love the food, the feel of the place, everything

Josph John

01/21/2012

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ramu

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.

JessF0

07/24/2011

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Overall
A must visit!!!

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.

LS1240SX

03/28/2011

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Overall
An Atlanta tradition

Nobody goes here for the vegan menu. Nobody goes here because they are trying to watch what they eat. They go here for a couple of greasy chili dogs and onion rings. And this place delivers it in spades.

Archhist

01/05/2011

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Overall
Varsity I do not think So!

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.

stanxx

12/26/2010

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Overall
Bad Food- Great Atmosphere

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.

Mark E.

11/24/2010

Overall
Best Drive In Ever!

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.

RaeM972

10/21/2010

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Overall
Greasy Food

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.

robsimms116

07/18/2010

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Overall
Mouth-watering!

I coudn't say more but hot wings and FO are the best!

chalbrook

07/14/2010

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Overall
truly satisfied.

My friend and I visited this place one time and we were very delighted with the perky attendants welcoming us. The food they served was good, We were both very satisfied.

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