On my road trip to Atlanta, while staying over in Virginia, my sister, mom, and I turned on the Food Network, who, that night, was coincidentally airing episodes of the must-eat places in the A. We made mental notes of the ones to hit, but being a junk food junkie (and overt Tastykake addict), the one that caught my eye was the Varsity, the famous fast-food joint in Midtown.
Eric, Abby, Andrew, and I–the NCAA.com editorial interns–had made it a goal to hit the Varsity. After a few close calls but never actually making it to the famous dive, we were asked to come in for an after-lunch training session and decided before we went in, we’d finally make the pilgrimage to the Varsity.
We were warned by Georgia-native Abby that they would “yell” at us, asking the famous “What’ll ya have?” We then ordered our burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Everything was so delicious and we were definitely full by the time we showed up at Techwood for our afternoon meeting.
The Varsity was definitely one of the most unique restaurants I’ve been to. It’s the world’s largest drive-in, and according to them, when the Ramblin’ Wreck play across the street at Georgia Tech, they can feed up to 30,000 hungry customers. (Speaking of, have you seen our NCAA.com video about the Ramblin’ Wreck? Check it out. These cool traditions are literally just across the street from us.) Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2,500 pounds of potatoes, 5,000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily. That’s a lot of food.
I can’t wait to bring my brother and sister (both crazy foodies) to the Varsity…or just stop to grab a milkshake on my way to work! Oh, the benefits of working in downtown ATL…