Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Varsity

Ok, so the road trippin' wasn't so extreme.  We didn't go down to Baton Rouge, the game came up our way.  We went to Atlanta to the LSU season opener against UNC.  It was the first time LSU played their season opener on a neutral field and we just couldn't miss it.
So The Siscoe's, The Wagoner's, and The W-T's packed up and went!
We went down on Saturday morning and we were in Atlanta by lunch.  We had lunch at The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in restaurant.
This was the entrance we went through.

The Siscoe's parked at the parking deck and entered on the upper level

The Varsity was an experience of it's own.  They serve about 1500 people on an average day, so I know there must have been double that on the day we were there.  It was amazing how they served everyone.  There must have been 60 people ordering all at once at any given time.  The counter was as long as my house and it was about 6 families deep all the way across.
Keep in mind, this is in one direction.  This picture was taken from around the middle of the counter.

When you get to the counter, you better know what you are going to order because they are not going to sit and wait for you to decide.  This is the key to their efficiency.  They are ready for you so you had better be ready for them!

Some of the interesting facts about the Varsity from their website:

It's the Worlds Largest Drive-In
Our Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity.

We actually got to see the top of the Georgia Tech stands from where we were eating.  There was a game while we were eating.  Very cool!

Legendary Volume
Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily.


We had a great lunch standing at the counter looking out the window to the GA Tech stadium.
It was great food (some REALLY sloppy chili cheese burgers and chili dogs with onion rings..... YUMMY).

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