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The Varsity Atlanta

61 North Ave. (Spring St.) Send to Phone
404-881-1706 | Menu
Having passed its 75-year mark, Frank Gordy's historic establishment remains a family-owned-and-operated institution.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

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The Varsity Atlanta Restaurant Review

: Since 1928, and through feeding presidents (and candidates for that and lesser offices) and the homeless, The Varsity has enticed visitors to abandon decorum and indulge themselves with toasted pimiento cheese sandwiches, hot dogs with house-made chili, onion rings and fried pies. Don't go near the barbecue sandwich, however, as it's likely to give the genre a bad name. The skin-on fried potatoes are hand-cut on the premises. This original location is famous for its drive-in service with carhops. Check out the lingo: ask for a bag o' rags to get a bag of potato chips. On Georgia Tech game days, this spot can become a mob scene, as nostalgia can taste that good. Other locations.


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