Southern Living Magazine recently searched the South for the most beloved burger joints–the places filled with nostalgia, with love and of course, legendary burgers. They created a list of 20 of the South’s most beloved burgers, and a truly iconic Atlanta burger joint made the list, of course: The Varsity, right in the heart of our city.
Southern Living wrote, “the symbol for this Atlanta institution is unmistakable. As visitors travel along Interstate 75, a familiar giant red V signifies that they’ve made it to the city—and that it might be time to stop for a burger.”
Atlanta has a ton of delicious burger joints around town, but it’s true: there’s nothing quite as iconic or recognizable as the huge red V as you drive into town.
The Varsity was actually the only Georgia burger joint that made the list at all.
Southern Living reports, “The Varsity earned the title of the World’s Largest Drive-In in 1950, but now serves most of its guests inside its retro dining room with seating for 650.”
The iconic, cherry-red diner is the perfect place to head if you’re looking for a quick bite and a piece of history all at the same time. The original location opened up in 1928, and has been going strong ever since. Visitors for the past nearly 100 years have enjoyed their iconic burgers, chili dogs, and of course a F.O., or ‘Frosted Orange’ (if you haven’t tried it yet, trust me that you need to!)
If you wanna check out The Varsity for yourself, you can peruse the menu on their website!
Or check it out in person! The Varsity has eight locations across Georgia, with the original and most iconic one being in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
Address: 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308