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The Varsity

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61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
+1 404-881-1706
10:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:30
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Atlanta, Georgia
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Varsity is an Atlanta institution not to be missed. Roll with the punches, take in the experience at the walk up counter with an open mind and you will have something to tell the folks back home about. This is greasy spoon at its finest. Suggested order: one varsity dog, fries, onion rings, Varsity frozen orange and a peach... More 

Thank gracecpa
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72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Varsity is always the same, no matter which location you visit, that's what makes it so great! Of course you have to visit the original in Atlanta at least once! I love the slaw dogs and onion rings.... even if I do "ruin" them by putting ketchup on them! :). Kids of all ages love the free hats!!

Thank Pigfanatic
Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was greasy and cold. Restaurant was dirty. Out of all the tables, it was hard to find one that had been wiped clean.

Thank tactgill
Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've never actually been to the original Varsity on North Ave. We used to go to a Varsity Jr on Lindbergh but that closed several years ago. I was delighted to find one on a Concourse at Atlanta's airport. My chili dog and fries were delicious. The Varsity's fries are better than another of my favorites, Five Guys. (But if... More 

Thank Skizers
Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are looking for people watching and good hot dogs and chili and an exotic liquid like frosted orange this is the place. I have eaten Varsity dogs all my life. Fran Gordy, the founder, set the tone for freshness and a solid non changing formula for goodness. DO NOT MISS THIS IF YOU COME TO ATLANTA. What d'ya... More 

Thank Iamcosmo
Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although it has changed a little, it is still the same greasy but gastronomically-pleasing "dive" near Georgia Tech. Try the Frosted Orange and the Pimento Cheese burgers, a couple of chili dogs and maybe some onion rings and that should take care of you for a few days! We used to come here before every Ga Tech home game and... More 

Thank Chris C
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I always come here when I am in ATL and always will. Good times, memories and food! Plenty of parking, good prices and fun atmosphere!

Thank Joanie G
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been going to the Varsity for a long time (like 50 years). I had not visited for quite some time so my wife and I went this past weekend -- what a disappointment! The old Varsity had the atmosphere of "What'll you have". It had the greasy food where the smell would linger with you for the rest of... More 

Thank Harkhuck
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you come to Atlanta and don't visit the varsity you will be missing out what could help been one of the best parts of your trip. They have hamburgers ,chili burgers, double red steak burgers, hotdogs, chili dogs,slaw dogs and the best french fries and onion rings in Atlanta. In fact all of the food there is great. Don't... More 

Thank Howard W
Kingsport, Tennessee
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405 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of ATL’s institutions, the Varsity serves up dogs/burgers/fries/rings like the drive-thru in your hometown. Haute cuisine? Certainly not, but there is beauty and flavor in a greasy basket of onion rings. Definitely a decent delivery of time honored favorites. Make sure you get chili on your dogs and don’t forget a deep-fried peach pie for dessert. Yeah, the calories... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 00:30
10:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: +1 404-881-1706

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?