How have we gone this long in our decades of Roadfooding without a visit to Atlanta? We finally took our first ATL trip and made a beeline for The Varsity (see the Roadfood.com review). Oddly, it was late dinnertime on a Thursday and the huge place was nearly empty. We had our choice of order-takers and went with the one with the most enthusiastic "What'll ya have?". We ordered a pair of slaw dogs, a chili dog, a heavy weight all the way (which came sideways), strings, ring one, and two F.O.s. And a fried peach pie. Translation on next page.
The dogs are like warm tubes of cheap bologna, and they cry out for toppings. With either slaw or chili and mustard, Bruce thought they were ambrosial; Sue was glad to have tried them but won't be back (unless dragged by her husband). The Southern taste for slaw on a dog makes sense with these blubbery franks; the combo works well. The salty, fine-grained chili is balanced and tempered by the dog and (top-loading!) bun.
In the heavy weight configuration, the dog gets an extra dose of chili, and all the way means with chopped raw onions, which they supplied on the side in a twisted paper packet (sideways). As with most chili dogs, we strongly recommend the raw onions.
Strings are fries, ring one means an order of onion rings, and you gotta hand it to them, they are both superior to from-the-freezer fast-food standards. F.O. is short for frosted orange, a slushy orange shake, the ideal beverage for the salty food.