What’ll Ya Have at The Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia?

Since 1928, the family-owned Varsity has been Atlanta‘s go-to spot for chili dogs and fried pies. There are three options for dining: drive-thru, eating in the restaurant, and eating in your car, aka the car-hop experience.

The Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia
The Varsity Drive-In – Atlanta, Georgia

We chose to eat inside instead of in the car at their famed world’s largest drive-in (across from Georgia Tech). On my first visit (I’ve eaten here a handful of times throughout the years), we were caught off guard by a repeated phrase echoing through the restaurant.

What’ll Ya Have? What”ll ya have? What”ll ya have?

The Varsity To Go Box

There is Varsity Lingo you must know before placing your order. It was not packed then, so there wasn’t that pressure to order immediately.

What to Order at the Varsity

The Varsity Menu from Atlanta, Georgia
The Varsity Menu

John cuts me in line to order first. His order consists of fresh-cut fries, onion rings, and a cheeseburger.

Isaac goes the chili dog route. Meanwhile, I ordered a cheeseburger, a chili cheese dog, and two apple pies

A couple of Fried Pies, Onion Rings, and Fresh-cut Fries

John claimed his fries were partially undercooked. I didn’t buy the story since he polished off all the fries. Plus, I had tried them, and they tasted fine. We all agreed that the onion rings were top-shelf delicious.

The burger was nothing to write home about, but the chili cheese dog was another story. Man, was that thing good! The wings were pretty good, also.

Peach and Apple pies

I try the apple pie and think, wow, this has an odd but tasty flavor. I’m trying to pinpoint what it is, and then John points out I’m eating a peach pie.

Peach Pie from The Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia
Peach Pie

Apparently, I can’t read wrappers, don’t know how to order what I want, or my order got mucked up.

By this time, Isaac added a cheeseburger and a regular hot dog. To counter, I ordered an apple pie (the correct one this time), a chili dog for John, plus another for me.

And the apple pie? It was worth the wait.

I only had one thing left to say to the guys: when can we return so I can get another chili dog?

The Varsity
61 North Avenue
Atlanta, GA
(404) 881-1706

Website – https://thevarsity.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thevarsity1928
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thevarsity

Monday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

5 thoughts on “What’ll Ya Have at The Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia?”

  1. As someone who lives in atlanta and has for 28 years. Let me say that the varsity sucks compared to how good it used to be. It’s now just a caricature of itself. A shadow of it former glory. And you forgot to mention that it has become a restaurant chain with locations all over the place in georgia.

  2. I can’t believe I regret leaving this place without one of those stupid pies. I am an idiot. IDIOT! If they made one of these with guayaba and queso crema I’d be on a plane to ATL tomorrow. Why doesn’t Versailles stuff the empanadas as thick as that? Or make an empanada de manzana?And look at the grease on that wrapper, that certainly doesn’t look a bit like the little Entenmann’s pies at 7-11. Or those crappy baked pies at McD’s. Speaking of which, I hear rumors that there are still some McDonald’s out there that fry their pies instead of baking them. Does anyone know where I can find one?


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