The Varsity

★★★★☆
The Varsity Catering Service
  • 61 North Ave.

    Atlanta, GA 30308

    Cross street: At Spring St, Downtown

    Map & Directions
  • 404-261-5200

About The Varsity

Hours
Mon 10am-11:30pm; Tue 10am-11:30pm; Wed 10am-11:30pm; Thu 10am-11:30pm; Fri 10am-12:30am; Sat 10am-12:30am; Sun 10am-11:30pm

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Yes, McDonald's and Checkers have good french fries, for a fast-food place that is, but the Varsity is by FAR the best. The "homecut" potatoes, fresh, are better than frozen fast-food fries any day, any time, anywhere!

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★★★★★

Yes, McDonald's and Checkers have good french fries, for a fast-food place that is, but the Varsity is by FAR the best. The "homecut" potatoes, fresh, are better than frozen fast-food fries any day, any time, anywhere!

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I grew up in Atlanta and The Varsity is the BEST place in the world!

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★★★★★

I grew up in Atlanta and The Varsity is the BEST place in the world!

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Yes, The Varsity is the greasiest place in town, but sometimes you just gotta have it. The service was never directed to be the most helpful; it's there to entertain. From chili dogs, slaw dogs, and naked dogs to the Heaven-sent onion rings, The Varsity really does have it all. That's without considering the awesome dessert counter and free hats (both of which will keep the kids happy for the car ride home). So people, come on, give The Varsity a break and start respecting it for the institution it is.

2
★★★★★

Yes, The Varsity is the greasiest place in town, but sometimes you just gotta have it. The service was never directed to be the most helpful; it's there to entertain. From chili dogs, slaw dogs, and naked dogs to the Heaven-sent onion rings, The Varsity really does have it all. That's without considering the awesome dessert counter and free hats (both of which will keep the kids happy for the car ride home). So people, come on, give The Varsity a break and start respecting it for the institution it is.

Pros: Great Eats, Cheap, Good for Groups/Kids

Cons: Crowded

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If you enjoy hotdogs that have been sitting under a heatlamp for hours and greasy fries.. The Varsity is for you (about the only thing they do right is the Coke).
This place must be propped up by the Toilet paper Makers, since within an hour of eating at the Varsity you're using their product.

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★★☆☆☆

If you enjoy hotdogs that have been sitting under a heatlamp for hours and greasy fries.. The Varsity is for you (about the only thing they do right is the Coke).
This place must be propped up by the Toilet paper Makers, since within an hour of eating at the Varsity you're using their product.

Pros: Location

Cons: The Food

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I just don't understand all the hype. The Varsity has teribble, greasy burgers. The rest of the menu is greasy and uninteresting at best. We went back a second and even a third time. At each visit the food was consistently awful. Even McDonalds has better burgers. They do get a few points for service and reto burger joint ambience.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I just don't understand all the hype. The Varsity has teribble, greasy burgers. The rest of the menu is greasy and uninteresting at best. We went back a second and even a third time. At each visit the food was consistently awful. Even McDonalds has better burgers. They do get a few points for service and reto burger joint ambience.

Cons: greasy, bad food, really bad burgers

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I know this place is an Atlanta institution but I've had better burgers at Dairy Queen. This place is an over-hyped grease pit.

1
★★☆☆☆

I know this place is an Atlanta institution but I've had better burgers at Dairy Queen. This place is an over-hyped grease pit.

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This was a highly hyped restaraunt we looked forward to visiting but when we did the food was cold & greasy, & the restaraunt was NASTY! A TV crew was filming a commercial while we were there so they should have known it was nasty!- The order was served fast, but cold food doesn't take much time! What happened to the pledge that they were making on the commercial about YOUR FOOD IS ALWAYS COOKED TO ORDER!?! When we did get our food-We couldn't find a place to sit down, because almost all of the tables were covered with previous occupants' food scraps covered with flies that looked as if the tables had not been cleared in hours! (you can't see the seating areas from the counter where you order) Imagine flies & stench from the forgotten food & a commercial being filmed at the same time! Unbelievable!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was a highly hyped restaraunt we looked forward to visiting but when we did the food was cold & greasy, & the restaraunt was NASTY! A TV crew was filming a commercial while we were there so they should have known it was nasty!- The order was served fast, but cold food doesn't take much time! What happened to the pledge that they were making on the commercial about YOUR FOOD IS ALWAYS COOKED TO ORDER!?! When we did get our food-We couldn't find a place to sit down, because almost all of the tables were covered with previous occupants' food scraps covered with flies that looked as if the tables had not been cleared in hours! (you can't see the seating areas from the counter where you order) Imagine flies & stench from the forgotten food & a commercial being filmed at the same time! Unbelievable!

Pros: Good Menu Items, Lots of Parking

Cons: Unclean, Food was COLD, Need to Bus tables

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Great quick and cheap food. Though greasy, the onion rings are the best!

2
★★★★★

Great quick and cheap food. Though greasy, the onion rings are the best!

Pros: Quick, Classic, Cheap

Cons: Greasy, Crowded

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Come on, folks. You may have great memories of this place from your college days, but the burgers are tasteless, the fries not much better. Yes, the onions are great, but that doesn't make great cheap eats.

Go there once, say you've done it, and then walk a few blocks to the Vortex.

1
★★☆☆☆

Come on, folks. You may have great memories of this place from your college days, but the burgers are tasteless, the fries not much better. Yes, the onions are great, but that doesn't make great cheap eats.

Go there once, say you've done it, and then walk a few blocks to the Vortex.

Pros: Good parking, Good hours

Cons: Crazy lines

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Greasy greasy, but it's great for out-of-towners. Their chili cheese steak with pimiento cheese is a must.

2
★★★★☆

Greasy greasy, but it's great for out-of-towners. Their chili cheese steak with pimiento cheese is a must.

Pros: cheap, crowded, great for visitors

Cons: heartburn after!

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Okay, you can tell that all the naysayers are not from Atlanta. I was raised on the Varsity. My Dad went to Ga. Tech, so I have had a dog or two in my time! I moved to Indy in '90 and when I return for visits, the Varsity is usually the first stop. Chili steaks, chili dogs, onion rings, peach pies, and frosted oranges. A most unique and delicious experience.

2
★★★★★

Okay, you can tell that all the naysayers are not from Atlanta. I was raised on the Varsity. My Dad went to Ga. Tech, so I have had a dog or two in my time! I moved to Indy in '90 and when I return for visits, the Varsity is usually the first stop. Chili steaks, chili dogs, onion rings, peach pies, and frosted oranges. A most unique and delicious experience.

Pros: Steeped in tradition., Unique menu.

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My husband and I live in south Ga. and we drive up to Atlanta on our birthdays just to eat at The Varsity. We love it. When we are in town, this is where we go!!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I live in south Ga. and we drive up to Atlanta on our birthdays just to eat at The Varsity. We love it. When we are in town, this is where we go!!

Pros: cheap, stimulating, good food

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The Varsity's are definitely NOT the best burgers in town. Their burgers taste like those served in the high school cafeteria! Now, if you want some good burgers, I suggest this rather small joint in the Smyrna-Vinings area called U.S. Cafe located on S. Cobb Dr. or Durango's located in downtown Atlanta on Peachtree St. ...but definitely NOT The Varsity!!

1
★★★☆☆

The Varsity's are definitely NOT the best burgers in town. Their burgers taste like those served in the high school cafeteria! Now, if you want some good burgers, I suggest this rather small joint in the Smyrna-Vinings area called U.S. Cafe located on S. Cobb Dr. or Durango's located in downtown Atlanta on Peachtree St. ...but definitely NOT The Varsity!!

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the varsityshould not be rated as one of the ten best. it is a good, quick place for food. the fries are greasy.

1
★★☆☆☆

the varsityshould not be rated as one of the ten best. it is a good, quick place for food. the fries are greasy.

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I personally didn't like the varsity because of its food. It's like a greasy spoon where pictures of atheletes are hung so they can say it's where they hang out.

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★★☆☆☆

I personally didn't like the varsity because of its food. It's like a greasy spoon where pictures of atheletes are hung so they can say it's where they hang out.

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The tradition continues whether it is for a quick lunch, a family outing while riding around to see Christmast lights...the Varisty always draws you back to the taste that has made it the tradition that it is.

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★★★★★

The tradition continues whether it is for a quick lunch, a family outing while riding around to see Christmast lights...the Varisty always draws you back to the taste that has made it the tradition that it is.

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My mother and dad courted here. This was the place that kept me going when I was a college student. Try the chicken salad. A classic place.

2
★★★★★

My mother and dad courted here. This was the place that kept me going when I was a college student. Try the chicken salad. A classic place.

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Only those who have grown up in the ATL would give this a good rating. I'm sure it's ONLY because of the nostalgia, because the food is the W-O-R-S-T. The burgers and hot dogs are very small and greasy. The Carhops were scary. I tried it twice and I should have left it at once!

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★☆☆☆☆

Only those who have grown up in the ATL would give this a good rating. I'm sure it's ONLY because of the nostalgia, because the food is the W-O-R-S-T. The burgers and hot dogs are very small and greasy. The Carhops were scary. I tried it twice and I should have left it at once!

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The largest drive-in, in the world, ... world famous for it's naked dog walkin' ... ie, plain hot dog, to go ... ect, ... Excellent choice for greasy food. And, I do mean greasy. Watch out for the beggers, bums, and thieves.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The largest drive-in, in the world, ... world famous for it's naked dog walkin' ... ie, plain hot dog, to go ... ect, ... Excellent choice for greasy food. And, I do mean greasy. Watch out for the beggers, bums, and thieves.

Pros: inexpensive, good parking, convienent

Cons: winos, bums, vagrants

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this place is the king of greese and fried food in Atlanta. It's been around forever, but it's no better than BK or MacD.

1
★★☆☆☆

this place is the king of greese and fried food in Atlanta. It's been around forever, but it's no better than BK or MacD.

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This is a great place for kids....they can run around and not worry about getting in anyone's way. The chili dogs are to die for as well as the wings. The celery leaves alot to be desired, tho....pretty wilted and they are stingy with it. The orange milkshake is just like eating a creamsickle from the old days!
I stop for one every time I'm on Spring street.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great place for kids....they can run around and not worry about getting in anyone's way. The chili dogs are to die for as well as the wings. The celery leaves alot to be desired, tho....pretty wilted and they are stingy with it. The orange milkshake is just like eating a creamsickle from the old days!
I stop for one every time I'm on Spring street.

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It has a great atmosphere and something should be said for all of the loyal customers who return to reminisce, but the food is terrible.

1
★★☆☆☆

It has a great atmosphere and something should be said for all of the loyal customers who return to reminisce, but the food is terrible.

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Oh, those three little words strike fear in the heart of a Varsity novice. Be prepared before you walk up to order, because the Varsity is always busy. And for good reason. They have the best fast food in Atlanta. From the hamburgers, french fries and onion rings to the ever messy slaw dogs, Varsity is a dream come true for those looking for some old fashioned nostalgia.Don't be ashamed to take a date there, quite a few romances have been started over a slaw dog and fries. Make sure you share a FO, with tow straws. Now, what'll ya have?

2
★★★★★

Oh, those three little words strike fear in the heart of a Varsity novice. Be prepared before you walk up to order, because the Varsity is always busy. And for good reason. They have the best fast food in Atlanta. From the hamburgers, french fries and onion rings to the ever messy slaw dogs, Varsity is a dream come true for those looking for some old fashioned nostalgia.Don't be ashamed to take a date there, quite a few romances have been started over a slaw dog and fries. Make sure you share a FO, with tow straws. Now, what'll ya have?

Pros: Inexpensive, family restaurant

Cons: parking

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Who hasn't been going here since they were a kid? I love the fact that time has seemed to stand still at the Varsity. The portions are generous and the meal is always fresh.

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★★★★★

Who hasn't been going here since they were a kid? I love the fact that time has seemed to stand still at the Varsity. The portions are generous and the meal is always fresh.

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Not the best burger in town, but I have enjoyed them for 30 years. Have them with pimento cheese, or american cheese, or with double chili. The Varsity cannot be beat for character and longevity. It defines Atlanta (and Athens).

2
★★★★★

Not the best burger in town, but I have enjoyed them for 30 years. Have them with pimento cheese, or american cheese, or with double chili. The Varsity cannot be beat for character and longevity. It defines Atlanta (and Athens).

Pros: character, longevity, cheap

Cons: greasy, greasy, greasy

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The Varsity has without a doubt the best Hotdogs, Fries, and Apple Pies in the city. The orginal location on North Ave is still the best of them all.

2
★★★★★

The Varsity has without a doubt the best Hotdogs, Fries, and Apple Pies in the city. The orginal location on North Ave is still the best of them all.

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Whata You'll Have is the first thing you'll hear when walking into this place. The food is Wonderful. The best onion rings I've ever had

2
★★★★★

Whata You'll Have is the first thing you'll hear when walking into this place. The food is Wonderful. The best onion rings I've ever had

Cons: not one in my town

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i personaly think that there is no comperison to the varsity.

2
★★★★★

i personaly think that there is no comperison to the varsity.

Pros: good food

Cons: long lines

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The Varsity has some of the nastiest, greasiest food! I don't know why people like it so much. I'd much rather go to Wendy's and spend only $.99 for a good burger than eat here. If you have to eat here, get a hot dog; their hamburgers are gross.

1
★★★☆☆

The Varsity has some of the nastiest, greasiest food! I don't know why people like it so much. I'd much rather go to Wendy's and spend only $.99 for a good burger than eat here. If you have to eat here, get a hot dog; their hamburgers are gross.

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You have to know what to expect when you go to the Varsity. It's the whole experince there. It is good, greasy fast food. That is all it is supposed to be. It's definitely not something you want to eat every day if you plan on living past he age of 40, but it is definitely great fast food.

2
★★★★★

You have to know what to expect when you go to the Varsity. It's the whole experince there. It is good, greasy fast food. That is all it is supposed to be. It's definitely not something you want to eat every day if you plan on living past he age of 40, but it is definitely great fast food.

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I don't get how people can complain about getting greasy food when they are talking about a fast food burger restaurant. I mean come on people, for what it is, Varsity is EXCELLENT. Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs - served up really really fast, hot, and taste great. Price is great. Chocolate Shake was sub-par. You sit in High-school desks too - very cool. Worth it if you need something fast and want to try a local flavor rather than McD's or BK.

2
★★★★★

I don't get how people can complain about getting greasy food when they are talking about a fast food burger restaurant. I mean come on people, for what it is, Varsity is EXCELLENT. Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs - served up really really fast, hot, and taste great. Price is great. Chocolate Shake was sub-par. You sit in High-school desks too - very cool. Worth it if you need something fast and want to try a local flavor rather than McD's or BK.

Pros: Great Food, FAST, CHEAP

Cons: 2 many items 2 choose

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I heard from everyone that I must go to The Varisty whie I was in Atlanta. I went. I will never go back...and emplore you to do not go. It is the greasiest, most disgusting, and sickening food you will ever eat. The parking is awful, the lines are long, and the employees are rude, impatient, and dirty. I'm a huge fan of french fries. The Varsity's were soggy, greasy, and I could tolerate just a few before I threw them away. Don't buy in to the hype about this place......go to McDonald's or Taco Bell......you'll save yourself a lot of time, money, and a stomache ache.

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★☆☆☆☆

I heard from everyone that I must go to The Varisty whie I was in Atlanta. I went. I will never go back...and emplore you to do not go. It is the greasiest, most disgusting, and sickening food you will ever eat. The parking is awful, the lines are long, and the employees are rude, impatient, and dirty. I'm a huge fan of french fries. The Varsity's were soggy, greasy, and I could tolerate just a few before I threw them away. Don't buy in to the hype about this place......go to McDonald's or Taco Bell......you'll save yourself a lot of time, money, and a stomache ache.

Pros: None

Cons: Food, Grease, Employees

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Look, I don't know many people that would claim that the Varsity is any paragon of culinary achievement, but when you're in the mood for some good old grease-laden junk food in an enviroment with character, it's hard to beat the Varsity. Actually, I take back what I said: the onion rings just *may be* a paragon of culinary achievement...

2
★★★★☆

Look, I don't know many people that would claim that the Varsity is any paragon of culinary achievement, but when you're in the mood for some good old grease-laden junk food in an enviroment with character, it's hard to beat the Varsity. Actually, I take back what I said: the onion rings just *may be* a paragon of culinary achievement...

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Inexpensive

Cons: The morning after

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I don't even want to know what's in those hot dogs! However, they are delicious...

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★★★☆☆

I don't even want to know what's in those hot dogs! However, they are delicious...

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You've gotta bring all the out-of-towners here for a burger and iced tea. It's huge -- pick a room and hang out with the real folks.

2
★★★★☆

You've gotta bring all the out-of-towners here for a burger and iced tea. It's huge -- pick a room and hang out with the real folks.

Pros: Good burgers

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If you would ask me 1 word to describe "The Vasity", I would say "EXCELLENT". The food is tasty especially the Fried apple pie. Very cool place to visit. I would highly recommend this place to visit.

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If you would ask me 1 word to describe "The Vasity", I would say "EXCELLENT". The food is tasty especially the Fried apple pie. Very cool place to visit. I would highly recommend this place to visit.

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Chili Slaw Dogs are the best!

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Chili Slaw Dogs are the best!

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OK, so it's not amazing food, but it is an Atlanta icon - anyone that visits has to go at least once. (1)...

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