"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, November 14, 2022

"What’ll ya have… What’ll ya have?"

 What'll ya have?

Not correct English, unless you are at the famous Varsity Restaurant in Atlanta, GA.  You go up to the counter they say "What'll ya have...What'll ya have?" They have been saying it since 1928.  So famous Clark Gable visited it in 1939, Ryan Seacrest, Bush, Clinten, Carter and more!  I went to it in the mid 50's with my dad and mom.  They had separate rooms with chairs like desks in an elementary school classroom and televisions.  You would go in the room that had a show on your liked.  Yes, it has changed since then, but it has good memories for me.

Our Story – The Varsity

There are 4 satellite junior Varsities in Atlanta.  

Time line – The Varsity

Things have changed since I was a kid though - as all things do.
Because of Covid - they no longer serve at the cars.  
Everyone must come in.

One of the rooms - with a TV - now a big screen tv.  

Well, it was a trip down memory lane for me.  Hopefully you learned something about Atlanta.  No, not the best restaurant or the healthiest - but an icon of the area.  Right downtown. Great for UGA football games.  Okay GA Tech games too.

Y'all need to come on down.  What'll ya have?

Grateful for the memories.

Love, Chatty


Granny Annie said...

Nothing beats an historical post that involves actors and food.

MadSnapper said...

Love the typing quote, the quote and the moving hearts. this did not come up in feedly, I found it because you told me you posted. it is showing in the reading list on blogger dashboard that it posted 30 minutes ago. sometimes it takes a while to show in feedly. if it pops up will let you know

MadSnapper said...

forgot to say, i have never seen or heard of the Varsity, but have never been in Atlanta, just around the outside loop trying to pass it by. this is a great post and I would eat there if I could.

jack69 said...

VERY NEAT entry. What a great read, THANKS. Maybe one day we can answer that question! Sounds like our kind of place, always interesting to hear of 'famous' local places to go, if we are in the area. Will file 'The Varsity' as one of them.
Love it,
Sherry & jack in the cool Sun today/

MadSnapper said...

Your blog is fine it just showed up and Feedly it just took it awhile takes it three or four hours but that's fine

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I've heard that saying, "What'll ya have?" This looks like a delightful restaurant, kind of diner style. Is the food good? That's too bad they don't serve at the cars anymore. I remember we had a place in my hometown that they came out to the cars. It was so convenient. Looks like your husband is enjoying his meal. I love Princess Sassy Pants quotes and pictures! And I like the last words you have on your post about laughing.

Have a great week, Sandie. I always leave your blog with a smile. : )


acorn hollow said...

What a fun place and I am sure the changes were hard to see when you had such great memories. Kind of like A&W for us and the car hops

photowannabe said...

That sounds like my kind of place..fun and full of traditions.
I would think it would be the opposite when you still have covid restrictions. Outside would to me be better than everybody being inside and "breathing". Do they still require masks?

Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, the statistics about the food they serve is mind boggling. And it is cool that the term "carhop" originated there. This is an awesome place! So how far do you live from it, and how often do you go? Their onion rings look amazing.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I forgot to say a thought I had. You would think with Covid, they would close the inside and only serve in cars. That is how most around here did it. But they did the opposite and made people come inside!

Mevely317 said...

What a novel experience! I'll bet the kids love it.
It sounds a little bit like a place Tom used to go in downtown Chicago -- Billy Goats. He says from the minute you walk in the door they start hollering at you, "What you want?" It's all part of the schtik I suppose but I told Tom, "That's so rude." Knowing me, I'd probably turned around and walk out. Have you ever heard of it?

Kay G. said...

You know I know the Varsity! Make mine a chili dog!! Only thing, I can't stand to drive to Atlanta now. I have to take I-20 and I-75 to get there. Did you see on news that they are two of the most dangerous highways in the country? Yikes! I believe it!! Oh well!!

Lowcarb team member said...

I have never heard of the Varsity, an interesting post and read, thank you.

All the best Jan

Terri D said...

Those iconic places are so special. Most towns have them, I think. Ours is Reececliff. Not the best food but worth a visit because of the history. Thanks for sharing the memories!! xo

betty said...

Thanks for featuring the Varsity, Sandie! I hadn't heard of it so it was fun to learn about it. I'd probably have to have a hot dog and fries but would hope someone would order onion rings so I could try one.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds like my kind of restaurant and serves some of my favorite things. I'm sure it brings back memories for you when you go there. Never spent much time at all in Georgia, but I do think we should celebrate our home state !

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I never heard of it but it certainly looks like a fun place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful memory. We visited a place where they were rude to you and sarcastic and threw your buns to you. LOL. It was a fun experience. Glad you have such good memories, Sandie. xo Diana

Tinseltown Talks said...

Never been, but must try next time in Atlanta.