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Atlanta, Georgia: The Varsity

Pioneer in fast food mass-feeding systems, and a must-stop on the Grease Trail. Claims to be the world's largest drive-in, with curb service where actor Nipsy Russell got his start as a car hop.

61 N Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA
From southbound 75/85 get off at exit 249D, turn left, and you will see The Varsity on the left across bridge (61 North Ave).
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The Varsity.

The Varsity

Fun and fast-paced, inside or out. Despite being crazy busy, the folks working the inside counter were very friendly. You can also see the Olympic Torch from the parking lot, so it's a two-fer!

[Chris (CP) Powell, 07/29/2017]
The Varsity

If you go here for the best dawgs in the city, remember to order fast. When you walk up to the counter be prepared to order fast because they will huff and possibly send you to the back of the (long) line. By the time you can order at the first window and sidle down to the next to pay, your order is already ready. Mickey D's could learn a lesson from these guys.

[Veronica Vatter, 04/17/2007]

The Varsity in Atlanta.

The Varsity

This restaurant is a real Atlanta landmark. It was started in 1928 by Frank Gordy after he flunked out of Georgia Tech and wanted to show them that he could make it. He went across the street from the school and opened this restaurant. He had so much business that he had to move to a new location down the street that is 2 blocks wide (61 North Ave). It has expanded to 5 locations and serves tens of thousands of people every month. Famous for their "What'll ya have" "What'll ya have" greeting at their stainless steel counters, Frosted Oranges and Naked Dogs Walking.

[Pat, 03/04/2001]

Enjoy The Varsity on every trip we make to Atlanta ...

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