Frosted O. Walking Dogs. Onion rings. Fried peach pie. These are the foundation of everything Atlanta has become. Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers that founded this city and stop in at The Varsity for an oil change.
Posted: 3/05/2015 • Link to this review
The Varsity is an Atlanta landmark, known far and wide for their sideshow food-fare, but if you're expecting a quality hot dog and fries, you'd be better off making them at home. This place is pricey, especially for the lackluster quality they put out, and it's just plain bad chili. My father called them, heart-attack-in-a-bag, and in fact it was the last thing he had for lunch the day he had a heart attack that put him in a coma for three days and destroyed his short term memory completely. It's not the Varsity's fault, certainly, but it's the kind of food that doesn't lend itself to healthy living. All this being said, if you enjoy fast-food, you will love the Varsity. That's all it is.
Posted: 5/02/2010 • Link to this review
Not sure if any other restaurant makes frosted oranges, but none can compare to the V! As a native Atlantan, I must go to the V for an "oil change" at least once a year. Great to go to before Georgia Tech games - park on this side of the highway and better traffic after the game. Prices have increased tremendously over the last few years, hence the low value rating. Consider the entertainment of the staff as part of the experience. It is a little annoying when the place is jammed with tourists who are going just because it is in all the tourist books, but still worth it. Long live the Varsity.
Posted: 1/31/2010 • Link to this review
Ok, you can't live in the Hot-Lanta without going to the the big V at least once. It's not that the food's great (it isn't), or that the ambiance is all that pretty (it isn't either). It's that it's an Atlanta institution. Everyone goes. And you can order a naked dog walking. Just say it. Naked. Dog. Walking. Now that's funny no matter what.
Posted: 8/11/2009 • Link to this review
When I first moved to Atlanta, everyone told me I had to try The Varsity. I did and was greatly disappointed. I am from the Mid-west and we have Frisch's Big Boy, so I was reminded of that by the outside, but the food was not good, it made my dog vomit.
Posted: 11/07/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Okay, what can we say. Small burgers, greasy fries and O-rings, counter folks who are liable to shout at you if you're not ready -- and yet it gets an easy "5-stars." There's something missing in the ratings -- maybe nostalgia, maybe quick good food that doesn't try to be more than it is. Learn the lingo and live "the V" experience, whether you grew up on it at Tech games or are just beginning. Order up some luscious, sweet onion rings and eat 'em hot. Get a "red steak" a PC or FO and a chili-only dog (leaves off the nasty mustard) and have your order in mind and money in hand!
Posted: 11/04/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
I love going to the Varsity, I should go more often. Great hot dogs, the slaw dogs are my favorite. Cool atmosphere in the restaurant too, it's a must if you're new in town.
Posted: 8/29/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
I don't splurge often, but when I do, the varsity is my favorite place to get all the extra calories I can consume. The fried ham and cheese is a secret item that is so good.
Posted: 7/25/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
I have lived in Atlanta for most of my life and always enjoyed an occasional trip to the varsity. The FO (frosted orange), chili dog and onion rings make a perfect diner meal. Oh yeah, it is greasy, but worth it.
Posted: 7/12/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
What can I say? There is better quality food out there and probabaly friendlier service. But the Varsity is an institution and the total package. It is a fantastic place to take people who are new to visiting Atlanta and is close to the GA Aquarium and the New World of Coke. It is a great way to treat kids. OK so its not the healthiest food in the world but quite a while back they change the oil they use and it is a lot better.
Posted: 7/05/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
You've never had fast food like you can get at this drive in. You've got to have a chili dog "all the way" and an FO (frosted orange). Add some onion rings and a fried peach pie - it doesn't get any better than this.
Posted: 6/30/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review