New Year's Eve the entire Holloway contingent trekked to downtown Atlanta for dinner at the famed Varsity across the street from Georgia Tech. Part of our group had tickets to the Peach Bowl later that evening, and we thought it would be fun to take the kids on MARTA (the local rail line) to experience a staple of the city.
The original Varsity, which we went to, boasts the distinction of being the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world with 5 other locations in the metro Atlanta area. Not surprisingly in the heartland of Coca-Cola, it also sells more of that frosty beverage per year than any other retailer in the world. It was started by a Tech dropout 83 years ago, and I guess you could say the decision not to continue his schooling worked out all right in the end for him. A visit to the Varsity is always an experience, something akin to Pat's or Gino's on South Street in Philly for a cheesesteak. With jargon all its own, cries of "what'll ya have, what'll ya have" ring loudly through the air as clerks try to keep the lines moving. Probably most famous for their naked dogs (a hot dog with no condiments), my favorite are the onion rings or Ring One as they're called there. The seating area is full of school desks and the whole eatery echoes with a soda shop vibe from a day gone by, a definite must see and eat there if you ever find yourself in The Big Peach.
Five of the seven cousins waiting for the train.
The King and Queen, two high rise buildings which dominate the sky of Trey's hometown, Dunwoody.
Part of the Atlanta skyline from the Varsity.