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Dining in Georgia: Lunch at The Varsity

The iconic drive-in/restaurant has served "the best food fast" in Atlanta since 1928.

  • The Varsity

    Eat chili dogs and onion rings from the comfort of your car while you take in the view of downtown Atlanta at the world's largest drive-in.

    Klaus via Flickr
Since 1928, The Varsity has served “the best food fast” – just as founder Frank Gordy planned it – to college students, business professionals, politicians, professional athletes, Hollywood elites and everyone in between. This iconic Atlanta drive-in/restaurant welcomes diners to eat in their car or grab a booth in one of several rooms within the two-story building. Regardless of which you choose, your dining experience always starts with the signature question: “What’ll ya’ have?”
 
Of course, to answer that it’s important to know the menu and proper lingo for placing your order. For example, if you want a plain hot dog to go, order a “naked dog walking.” Want a hamburger with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, plus a side of fries? Order a “glorified steak with strings.” And for The Varsity’s famous Frosted Varsity Orange (think orange sherbet milkshake) ask for a large “F.O.” 
 
Here’s a list of common Varsity “speak” that will have you ordering like a local in no time:
 
  • Heavy Weight – hot dog with extra chili
  • Red Dog – naked dog with ketchup
  • Steak – hamburger with ketchup, mustard and pickle 
  • Bag of Rags – potato chips
  • Joe-ree – coffee with cream
  • P.C. – plain chocolate milk served with ice
  • Naked dog walking – plain hot dog to go
  • Glorified steak with strings – hamburger with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato plus a side of fries
  • F.O. – Frosted Varsity Orange

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