The Varsity

Hot Dogs, Burgers, American
61 North Ave NW (at Spring St NW)
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 10:00pm
10:30am - 12:00am
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It’s not because The Varsity claims to be the world’s largest drive-in, or that it’s one of the few restaurants in America that still employs carhops. No, neither is it The Varsity’s staying power (founder Frank Gordy launched it with a $2,000 nest egg and "million dollar taste buds" in 1928) and its expansion to some eight locations in the greater Atlanta and Athens areas. Nope, it’s about one of the country’s most idiosyncratic burgers: the double chili cheeseburger. There’s something going on with the buns ‘round these parts — they get condensed and sweeter. Make no mistake, this is a greasy cheeseburger, more compact than most double cheeseburgers, but one whose sloppy, cheesy, saltiness all comes together in a solid, but proportionately fluid burger, both texturally and flavor-wise. No wonder it’s one of America’s best burgers (and for just $2.83).

-Arthur Bovino



  • President Obama talks to a group of kids from Lenora Academy in Snellville, Georgia during a stop at the Varsity.
  • The original Varsity was opened in 1928 and is the world's largest drive-in. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity.
  • have the onion rings instead of fries.
  • What you may not know about the world's largest drive-in and Atlanta landmark is that all your favorites are made from scratch! Upload a pic of yourself in a cool paper hat, sipping on a F.O.!
  • A staple of Atlanta!
  • Located just a few blocks from Coke HQ, this eatery bills itself as the worlds largest drive-in restaurant, and holds the largest independent Coca-Cola fountain account in the U.S.
  • The Varsity's iconic frosted orange is one of CL's 100 Dishes to eat before you die because it strikes a perfect compromise between a thick milkshake and a mouth-watering slushie.
  • go to the varsity and have two real chilly dogs
  • Skip the burgers. Go for the world-famous chili dogs. Ask for onions; youll get em raw and diced and in a wax-paper-wrapped pouch to add as you see fit.
  • What'll ya have? Means can I take your order.
  • A classic in the heart of Atlanta. If you enjoy hot dogs, this is a must! Lines get very long during peak eating hours though so beware.
  • If you come to Atlanta, you have to swing by this great, traditional landmark - great history and fast food menu!
  • Naked dog and onion rings! Reward self with a chocolate shake.
  • Hot dogs and burgers are under $3 even with chili & cheese and the onion rings get nothing but praise. If you want a trip to the 1950s come here, and be ready to order, the line moves quickly.
  • Slaw dog and Frosted Orange, anyone? The Varsity is an Atlanta icon; drive on up and taste the tradition.
  • This Atlanta landmark makes an appearance in the 2004 movie 'We Are Marshall' when Coach Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) is on a recruiting trip and has dinner here with a prospect's mother.
  • The original one downtown is the best one!
  • The chili slaw dog was amazing and unlike anything but the pies. Woah the pies live up to the hype. Especially peach pies.
  • It's a Southern tradition: Top your dog with chili, cheese or cole slaw. Or better yet, all three.
  • Love ordering from the curb parking.

Nearby places

121 Baker St NW (at Pemberton Place)
225 Baker St NW (at Luckie St NW)
660 Peachtree St NE (at Ponce de Leon Ave NE)