What’ll ya have, what’ll ya have?! These are the famous words you hear as you walk through the doors of the Varsity in downtown Atlanta. If you’ve never been to the Varsity, then it’s worth the trip to hear those words and be a part of the culture and history that have made it an Atlanta landmark.
There are six Varsity locations in Atlanta, but to me, the real Varsity is in downtown Atlanta. The restaurant, which dates back to the 1920s, is known for its drive-in style that has satisfied teens, students and tourists for decades. Compared to your typical soda shop or drive-in, the Atlanta Varsity has no problem holding droves of people. The downtown Atlanta restaurant’s location is the world’s largest drive-in, as it can hold up to 600 cars and 800 people.
You better plan ahead when visiting the Varsity by making the day you visit be your day off from your diet. If you get turned around when trying to find it in downtown Atlanta, you just have to follow the smell of the greasy hamburgers. The Varsity’s menu includes salads and sandwiches like a BLT, but let’s be honest, the hamburgers and hot dogs are what make a drive-in what they are. The combos include a variety of different options, including a bacon cheesburger, two chili dogs or a chili dog and chili cheesburger. Make sure to save room for the famous Varsity Orange, which is this Atlanta restaurant’s own take on an orange push-up like you had when you were a kid.
The Varsity offers the same range of prices that you get at most fast food restaurants. Lunch for two will get you out of there for less than $15. If you’re worried about long lines during peak lunch times, don’t worry, the Varsity’s cash registers stretch three or four times further than your typical fast food restaurant. I’ve never had to wait more than two minutes to order my food.
So next time you’re in downtown Atlanta, make a special trip to the Varsity and let them know what you’ll have.
61 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Photo courtesy of ohhhhhlisa on Flickr.