The Varsity Downtown
61 North Avenue
Atlanta GA 30308
“What’ll ya have?” Words can’t describe our experience at The Varsity. So much character, such good food, and so affordable – those are all true but they don’t even scratch the surface.
At first it was a little overwhelming because of the sheer size of the place. We came in the back door from the raised parking lot and encountered dining room after dining room until we eventually went down the stairs to find the counter where one is supposed to place their order – 50 feet long, with about 20 cash registers all armed with women yelling “what’ll ya have?!” Whoa…it was wild! The menu is on boards up behind the counter. David ordered the chili dog, a plain cheeseburger and onion rings. I had a chicken salad sandwich minus bread and a chocolate shake. The nice woman behind the counter asked me if I wanted lettuce and tomato with my breadless sandwich, to which I responded yes. Now, most places will give you one slice of tomato and a piece of lettuce. Not at The Varsity – I received enough lettuce and tomato to make a salad! I thought that was super nice.
We took our tray of ridiculously inexpensive food like children hoarding a newly-discovered treasure and located a table in the top dining room. Everything was perfect. The shake, the salad, the sandwiches – it was all too good to be true. We felt like kids who were being rewarded for straight A+ report cards with perfect food – because what else could warrant something so good?
The kind folks at The Varsity even have an allergen page on their web site to help people like me: http://www.thevarsity.com/food_allergy.php
The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in and has been in business since 1928. If I lived in Atlanta, I’d eat there every day.