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The Varsity Athens

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1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
+1 706-548-6325
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The food is not my favorite---typical fast food. But I love the atmosphere. It's an Atlanta/Athens staple, and it just feels like home.

Thank Belinda B
Gainesville, Georgia
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1,041 reviews
835 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,011 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

grease factor is off the charts here even if the menu hasn't changed since 1927. the chili dogs were good, but not much else. the fries and rings were pitifully greasy, almost inedible. grease build up on stainless steel here wouldn't come clean with effort slaw staff was putting forth in 1000 years. they were not happy at work and... More 

Thank bbqman3341
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141 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Cheap eats, clean and fast. Hot dogs, chili dogs and hamburgers and fries and onion rings. Get a frosted orange, very yummy.

Thank 30043
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This was my first time being at The Varsity in Athens. I've only ever frequented the one in Atlanta before. The service was good and the food was released fast. The onion rings are always my favorite and I love that the restaurant stays open late.

Thank amirah e
Athens, Georgia
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Had the jones for a couple of slaw dawgs backed up by a side o' rings. The juicy dawgs arrived piping hot, loaded with slawy goodness. Onion rings exploded with a plethora of flavor which is unparalleled. Trust me, you will not be disappointed with your decision to sample the exquisite cuisine of The Varsity. For your viewing pleasure, all... More 

Thank athensugadawg
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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158 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Not a fan. Crowded, not very clean, and staff who clearly wanted to be somewhere else. But the food? Appearances can be deceiving, so thought maybe it will taste ok. Nope. Maybe it is my bias against fast food, but once was enough for me.

1 Thank Hubbynfather
Bainbridge, Ga
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72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I have been eating Varsity food since back in the 60's. While the Athens location does not hold the charm and atmosphere of the original North Ave location in the ATL, they do a pretty good job here. The menu is the same and the staff try to model the methods used by Mr. Gordy and Mrs. Muir's staff in... More 

Thank Contweets
Boulder, Colorado
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246 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Supposedly somewhat of a legend in Atlanta... not sure why but putting one in Athens seems to be a natural extension of their 'legacy'. If you like grease dripping from your onion rings and burgers, then this is your place... look not farther - they have this down to a science... simply walk up to the counter, have someone ask... More 

Thank DanM320
Winston Salem, NC
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Even though I am mostly vegetarian these days, I had to get an MKO (mustard, ketchup, onions) dog from the Varsity on a recent visit. One of the few things I miss about Athens GA!! It is fast food, maybe a little greasy, but it has a taste and atmosphere all its own. If you want a true Athens' experience,... More 

Thank waxwing3
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Wanted to try it, was adequate. I ordered chili, cheese, ,mustard, raw onion dog; also the chili, mustard, cheese, slaw then ordered the online rings. Got back to my hotel dogs were great but no mustard. Got French fries instead of my onion rings.

Thank Manuel P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606-3062
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-548-6325

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