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The Varsity Athens

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1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606
+1 706-548-6325
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
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Watkinsville, Georgia, United States
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Ok, if you're eating at the The Varsity, you're probably already aware that this stuff is a heart attack on a plate, but what a way to go! The chili steak (chili burger), the fries (greasy and plenty of 'em), and the jumbo Frosted Orange (frozen orange heaven) would rank high on my choices of a last meal. If you... More 

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Thank Tracy C
Georgia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Good fast food , but it is greasy, the onion rings and fries are good. Also orange drink very good. Has been in Athens a long time. They have a car show the first sat or sun of the month.

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Thank vpray
Athens, Georgia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

The rating of 3 stars is only because as an older adult, I have lost my taste for fired and foods. The onion rings are divine, chili steaks, and my favorite chili, cheese dogs. One has to have a frosted orange to top that off. Hum, guess I should go back and change my ratings to 4 stars, I am... More 

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Thank 1janebuchanan2
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Substandard food, fries dry or greasy take your pick. Hotdog not even salvageable with cheese, chili and onions to convert it up. Go once to day you have been then leave it alone.

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Thank K H
Athens GA
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245 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

The Varsity is on the corner of Milledge Avenue and West Broad street, with a big parking lot that you can enter from either of these streets. Workers at the counter will greet you with the famous line, "What'll you have?" and then shout your order back to the kitchen. Hot dogs can be ordered plain ("naked"), or with slaw... More 

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Thank AthensBulldawg
United States
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200 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

I think this location is much better than the Atlanta location. We walked straight up to the cashier, gave them our orders, and received our food. Afterwards, we sat down without a wait. This NEVER happens in Atlanta! If we lived closer to this location, then we would come more often. Recommend!

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Thank WorldTravelers1999
Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

My husband had never eaten here and my daughter and I were excited for him. Highly disappointed! Doesn't live up to the Varsity standards at all. No excitement in there at all. No one interacted with us at all. The food wasn't what we expected at all. Not a good experience at all.

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Thank Jaye S
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Just get the chili dog, fries and orange..only place better may be their Atlanta original location but Athen is a Great place.

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Thank Whenintown
Athens, Georgia
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Great southern drive-in food. The best hot dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs that I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is very 1950's "Happy Days" drive-in cool. The peach fried pies are wonderful. If you are a vegan, don't bother, but if you enjoy good burgers, dogs and fixins southern style, the Athens Varsity can't be beat.

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Thank Sam E
Monroe, GA
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273 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

I sometimes get a gnawing feeling for a good chili dog with onions. It involves driving thirty miles one way but it's worth it. If you really want to pile it on.....try some onion rings fresh out of the fire. You will return, as I do. The cokes come with shaved ice, it doesn't get any better than that. Grab... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
American, Fast food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 00:00
Saturday
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-548-6325

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?