I love visiting friends in different cities. Especially when they introduce me to excellent food. During my business trip to Atlanta I met up with my pal WriterGal and her husband, FiremanDan and they took me to visit Atlanta legend and the world's largest drive-in, The Varsity...
Any place that can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside and serves onion rings is instantly impressive to me. When we arrived at around 6:00pm the place was mobbed. The lines were long but they did move quickly, in part no doubt because of the speedy ordering. As we inched closer and closer to the front counter, FiremanDan, an Atlanta native, kept warning me that they expect you to know exactly what you want and if you don't they'll yell at you--hmmmm, not so different than most places in NYC, but I suppose in the land of southern hospitality this does stand out. When I got to the counter I quickly put in for a combo #10--a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with onion rings and a Diet Coke.
The onion rings were a bit greasy, but overall, nice and crisp. It's been too long since I've had onion rings.
The pulled pork sandwich was meaty, tangy and also a bit greasy, but deeply satisfying. I could eat about 12 of these.
I only wish that I had thought to order a fried apple pie. Next time...
The Varsity Downtown
61 North Avenue
Atlanta GA 30308
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