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The Varsity

Hot Dog Joint, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown, Atlanta
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  • Dolores L.
    Small F.O., chili dog, the only onion rings in the world I eat because they were the first ones I ever had and the best!
  • Alan T.
    Total awesomeness
  • Alan T.
    What a tradition!
  • Alan T.
    Love the chili burger!
  • Alan T.
    What an awesome place!
  • Alan T.
    Always eat there when I travel through Atlanta
  • Alan T.
    Can't go wrong with the chili slaw dog.
  • Alan T.
    An American classic
  • Carol L.
    Carol LynnJune 15
    Hot dog fries and frosted orange :)
  • Lee F.
    Lee FulmerJune 13
    It was an experience you just can't miss out on. Good fries!
  • Ana W.
    Get a Frosted Orange and onions rings. Skip the hotdog
  • Abigail F.
    Abigail FoxJanuary 16
    Here's a tip: go somewhere else!!! I wish I would've!
  • Abigail F.
    Abigail FoxJanuary 16
    Mediocre food (to put it nicely), and the WORST service I've ever experienced. It's sad that THIS of all places is known as the iconic place to go in Atlanta.
  • geraldine p.
    geraldine pettitDecember 28, 2016
    Cold food is not to my liking
  • Autumn B.
    Autumn BrookDecember 22, 2016
    Must tries - Slaw & chili dogs, onion rings, and a frozen orange drink!
  • Robin S.
    Robin SchwartzNovember 4, 2016
    Pimento cheeseburger, chili cheese dog, onion rings, fries, peach pie & orange shake. YES!
  • Ahmad B.
    Ahmad BroadnaxSeptember 23, 2016
    Everything
  • danny d.
    danny daileySeptember 22, 2016
    C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-R-S fight Tigers, fight Tigers, fight, Fight, FIGHT!!
  • Charlie T.
    Charlie TillerSeptember 16, 2016
    Excellent onion rings. #2 is a pretty tasty combo.
  • Jbfarmer10
    Jbfarmer10September 10, 2016
    The hot dogs were awesome! Their Onions rings are awesome!!!!
  • Zach P.
    Zach PorterSeptember 3, 2016
    Chili Cheese Dogs and the frosted orange shake
  • Zach P.
    Zach PorterSeptember 3, 2016
    Great spot for after the Dragon Con parade this year. The chili-cheese dog is my favorite. Don't think I have ever bothered to try a hamburger here
  • Chester T.
    Chester ThrashAugust 29, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The first time I visit this place is in 1982. what a great place to go if you want hotdogs and hamburgers!!!!!!
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 19, 2016
    It may be a bit of a tourist trap — OK, a lot of a tourist trap — but The Varsity still serves the most famous hot dog in Atlanta. Get the chili cheese dog. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 27, 2016
    Atlanta’s famed drive-in is like a time capsule. Come here for a chili-cheese dog, a frosted orange shake and a side of steaming hot fries--all for under ten bucks. Read more
  • Melonee G.
    Melonee GriggsJune 27, 2016
    Chili cheese slaw dog! It's worth every calorie. The slaw was not too dry, not too wet. Stop thru on your road trip.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DoyleJune 27, 2016
    The burgers are sliders - order big
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJune 7, 2016
    Hot dogs and onion rings Read more
  • David T.
    David TorresMay 4, 2016
    Great Fast Foods
  • Debra W.
    Debra WelchApril 27, 2016
    Chilli Slaw Dog was delicious
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BrinsonApril 24, 2016
    Chili cheese dog is the taste of growing up in the South. Cherry coke and peach tea do not get refills, so be aware of how thirsty you are when you order. Allow for extra time to order. Always crowded
  • Vedda M.
    Vedda MiduraMarch 15, 2016
    Chili dogs are amazing!
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanFebruary 4, 2016
    Had the chili dog, onion rings, nuggets and a bacon double burger with a frozen FO. FO is like a orangesicle slush and yummy. Everything else including the chili dog was average. Cool place though 3/5
  • Mario D.
    Mario DiazJanuary 25, 2016
    It's not bad but it could be better.
  • BigNell
    BigNellJanuary 24, 2016
    It's not about the food, its about the experience. The food is NASTY AS HELL. But the Orange Slush is good!
  • Antonio M.
    Antonio MontezJanuary 20, 2016
    Sweet potato pie!!
  • Jerrell T.
    Jerrell ThompsonJanuary 1, 2016
    The slaw dog with a side of onion rings
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen P.December 29, 2015
    Chili dogs, onion rings, hand cut French fries & a Varsity frosted orange( tastes like a creamsickle )!
  • John B.
    John BenoitDecember 8, 2015
    Everything is good at the varsity!!!
  • Erick R.
    Erick RodriguezNovember 8, 2015
    The bacon cheese burger is delicious!! Good vibe!
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KutsNovember 4, 2015
    The amazing thing is the following. This Restaurants food quality is horrible. It's more of a nostalgic place if anything. So somebody must know a lot of people that support the name.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PowellNovember 1, 2015
    The hot dogs were okay. Nothing special about them and the chili wasn't very god. The onion rings were good though.
  • Talynn H.
    Talynn HardyOctober 30, 2015
    Burgers, fires
  • Karen D.
    Karen DyerOctober 30, 2015
    Man, this is a must. An Atlanta icon. Great hot dogs n burgers and it's fun!!! Karen Dyer Team Real Estate
  • Chris W.
    Chris WestonOctober 29, 2015
    Definitely not good for you but it's much better if you split 1 combo between 2 people. It was enough food for me and my wife and we didn't feel too bad afterwards. LOL
  • Rhonda T.
    Rhonda TrimmerOctober 28, 2015
    Chili cheese burger!
  • Shakeisha M.
    Shakeisha MizelleOctober 13, 2015
    The chilli cheese fries and hot dogs are awesome
  • H
    HOctober 11, 2015
    The chili slaw dog was amazing and unlike anything but the pies. Woah the pies live up to the hype. Especially peach pies.
  • Adriana R.
    Adriana RodriguezSeptember 9, 2015
    Hot dawgs are Great
  • Erin M.
    Erin McFall-EstesSeptember 2, 2015
    Their chili cheese slaw dogs are the bomb!
  • BJ D.
    BJ DillaheySeptember 1, 2015
    Onion Rings and Dogs
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousAugust 6, 2015
    Frosted Orange. That is all.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrismerAugust 4, 2015
    Cool, classic ace to experience in Atlanta. Better if its at 2 a.m. and you are drunk!
  • The Weather Channel
    The Weather ChannelJuly 28, 2015
    If you’re looking for a chili dogs, there’s no place better than The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in, in downtown Atlanta.
  • John K.
    John KraftJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Onion rings > fries, but can't go wrong with either.
  • Monica Z.
    Monica ZarateJuly 17, 2015
    Chili dogs, onion rings. Great Atlanta OG
  • Yasmine D.
    Yasmine DumasJuly 8, 2015
    The burgers are very good! 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
  • Trent P.
    Trent PayneJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is great, but in particular the hot dogs and onion rings!
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WozniakJune 29, 2015
    The chili dog!
  • Antionette C.
    Antionette C.June 15, 2015
    Chilli slaw dog with onion rings!👍👌
  • Monae D.
    Monae DoyleJune 8, 2015
    The orange drink
  • Sean N.
    Sean NortonJune 5, 2015
    Great place for dogs and fries. Classic place!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SmithMay 11, 2015
    Legendary, what an experience. Get the standard burger and fries, it's a must have.
  • Dana Charles S.
    Dana Charles SappMay 10, 2015
    Everything is good here.
  • Cory
    CoryMay 4, 2015
    It's more about WHERE you eat than WHAT you eat, but get a classic combo meal and make sure you get either an orange drink or a frozen orange - you can get sodas anywhere.
  • tolu
    toluMay 3, 2015
    Burgers taste like something you'd get at a cookout
  • Bev R.
    Bev RogersApril 3, 2015
    Onion rings!
  • Terri
    TerriMarch 22, 2015
    Fun late night fattening fare!!!! We had great service! !!
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerMarch 21, 2015
    Don't be afraid of the pimento cheese burger. It is the best item on the menu.
  • D C.
    D CraftMarch 21, 2015
    Classic Atlanta institution and the largest drive in in the world. Chili dogs and onion rings.
  • Simon P.
    Simon PhillipsFebruary 18, 2015
    It's everything you want in a hot dog
  • Jamia S.
    Jamia StaggersFebruary 9, 2015
    Chili cheese slaw dog... and I don't even like hot dogs!
  • Tariq J.
    Tariq JibriJanuary 28, 2015
    Good food for trying to sober up after a long night out, great after hours spot, or for family lunch.
  • D C.
    D CJanuary 8, 2015
    Hot Dogs!!!!!!! Mmmmm. Chili Cheese!
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KrautterDecember 23, 2014
    nuff said..
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie LongDecember 23, 2014
    Get a pimento cheeseburger. It's not on the menu but it's heavenly.
  • stepher
    stepherDecember 11, 2014
    Cash only at the drive-ups.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SmallenDecember 10, 2014
    All of it!
  • Jamil W.
    Jamil WilliamsDecember 1, 2014
    9 chill dogs , 3 chill burger , and one frosty orange . 48.25 $ is worth it
  • Tiffany D.
    Tiffany DavisNovember 29, 2014
    EVERYTHING
  • 🍻 Jackson 📢 .
    🍻 Jackson 📢 🎉 Tate 🎷November 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The onion rings, FO, and peach pie... Too good
  • Brig W.
    Brig WatsonNovember 25, 2014
    Chili burger and onion rings are pretty good. Atmosphere is definitely not to my liking
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonNovember 14, 2014
    "FO"... It's simply the best orange drink on the planet Onion rings !!
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MacNovember 12, 2014
    Atlanta greasy food mecca. Everyone should go at least once & don't let crowd deter you.
  • Brie N.
    Brie NunnOctober 2, 2014
    The food here is nasty
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie CasterSeptember 28, 2014
    With the babe
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle Fink GodejohnSeptember 17, 2014
    Chili dogs
  • JUSTPLAINOLEDON
    JUSTPLAINOLEDONSeptember 12, 2014
    I could get used to this
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PoserinaAugust 31, 2014
    Getting the chili dogs and orange drink :D
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 29, 2014
    The chili dog is absolutely delicious and I don't like chili dogs. Cheap but still an institution well worth visiting.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
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  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IAugust 24, 2014
    Grilled pimento cheese is a solid vegetarian option.
  • AgentBob a.k.a B.
    Stopping in for annual oil change
  • Dana
    DanaAugust 16, 2014
    Over 20 min in line to order food. Food decent. Wouldn't recommend.
  • Steven F.
    Steven FlynnAugust 15, 2014
    Food is greasy and prepared quickly ... But it's all about the legend of Varsity !!
  • Calvin C.
    Calvin CarlsonAugust 15, 2014
    An Atlanta staple for super greasy burgers hot dogs and fries
  • Beau T.
    Beau TeagueAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    I have eaten approximately 1200 naked dogs in my life SO FAR. One time, I ate 12 of them in a sitting. Tip: eat some naked dogs and try to catch up.
  • Ciara S.
    Ciara SpragueAugust 9, 2014
    I had a delicious burger and amazing onion rings today. Oh yeah, don't forget to order a Variety Orange drink! ;)
  • Keith L.
    Keith LaddAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a stop for us when visiting Atlanta. I recommend onion rings and frosted orange.
  • Amanda
    AmandaAugust 8, 2014
    Onion rings!
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