If you’ve ever been to Atlanta and had the pleasure of having a classic dining experience at The Varsity, then you may be familiar with the rich history behind this large and exciting fast food restaurant situated in downtown. Known by their signature tagline, What’ll ya have?, which the workers use to greet customers as they approach the counter to order, The Varsity has existed for nearly a century. Originally, a man named frank Gordy had a vision to create the restaurant and did so in 1928. Now, the restaurant is well known worldwide. And what’s more, the restaurant now boasts a total of seven locations in the state of Georgia, ranging from Kennesaw, to Athens, to Atlanta, and more.

The varsity
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What’s crazy about this fast food restaurant is that it has the feel of a classic diner-style restaurant, all the while maintaining its ability to serve large numbers of customers at once. And the way The Varsity meets the needs of so many customers is by having a restaurant space physically large enough to accommodate a large amount of people. There is so much to choose from when you order, too! I personally like to go with a classic order of their cheese burger with onion rings and a drink, but there are a lot of other combos available, too. You can order combos with regular hot dogs, slaw dogs, chili dogs, chili burgers, bacon double cheese burgers, a whopping triple stack bacon cheese burger, and even a chili dog and burger combo.

The Varsity

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And if this huge range of combination choices doesn’t have you sold, you may be interested in their choices in chicken nuggets, grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled pimento or cheese sandwiches, or even their classic BLTs or salads. You can even order from the dessert menu at The Varsity. Better than McDonald’s, and special in every way, you can order classic vanilla, chocolate, and orange frosted shakes, as well as hand-scooped ice creams and baked goods. What I especially like to have when I go to The Varsity, though, is their specialty orange drink. While you still have classic soda choices to pick from, the Varsity Orange is probably one of the restaurant’s bigger claims to fame. This drink is a sweet and tangy orange soda that works as a great complimentary taste to the saltiness of the food, and it will have you coming back for more, that’s for sure.

The Varsity is a go-to choice for any visitor to or tourist in Atlanta. It has such an old-timey feel and welcoming atmosphere, that you’ll probably be tempted to make a second order after you’ve finished your first, just so you can stay a little longer. I know I wanted to. And even if you don’t find yourself fitting the category of tourist, and you’re just a Georgia native or Atlanta native even, this restaurant is still a must visit. With the guarantee of inexpensive, reasonable prices and delicious, fresh, and quickly-served food, The Varsity has the whole package to offer.

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