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A Foodie: At Home, while Road Tripping and Abroad.

My inspiration for this post came from Karla of Traveller soul and her post Travel Theme: Food. Yum! 🙂

When out on a day toad trip, traveling far, far away or roaming around home I’m always out on the lookout for great eats. You can be sure my camera is not to far away. I got hungry just processing these posts. Well without further ado.

Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast

Breakfast at Lucky's Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio

Shipwreck at Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

Poached eggs on Sourdough Bread at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Australia

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

A good ole Waffle House breakfast in Perrysburg, Ohio

The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast in San Francisco

The Grove Chestnut’s Breakfast in San Francisco

The American Breakfast at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The American Breakfast at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Burgers, Sandwiches and More

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal Style at In-N-Out Burger in Daly City, California

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip's Cafe, Cincinnati

Fully loaded Cheeseburger at Zip’s Cafe, Cincinnati

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

The Varsity, Atlanta, Georgia

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sara's and Sally's Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

Sara’s and Sally’s Diner, Erie, Pennsylvania

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

AJ Bombers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Corned Beef and Cheese sandwich at Primanti Bros., Pittsburgh

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Triple Threat Corned Beef, Maize and Blue Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman's Style - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Corned Beef Zingerman’s Style – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Skyline Chili Dogs, Cincinnati

Seafood

New England Clam Chowder, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

New England Clam Chowder, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Fish & Chips, Coleslaw, Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, California

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Oyster Bar seafood, Sarasota, Florida

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Faroe Island Salmon, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland

Mac ‘n Cheese

Steak Mac 'n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Steak Mac ‘n Cheese, Frankenmuth Brewery, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine's, Michigan

Bacon & Cheddar Mac, Sweet Lorraine’s, Michigan

Logan's Mac 'n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Logan’s Mac ‘n Cheese, Findlay, Ohio

Mac 'n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Mac ‘n Cheese at Slows Bar BQ, Detroit

Pizza

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino's East, Chicago

Meat Lovers Pizza, Gino’s East, Chicago

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Pub

Butcher's Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

Butcher’s Special pizza in Christchurch, New Zealand

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

BBQ Chicken Pizza at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Rocky Mountain Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini's Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Fellini’s Pizza in Atlanta, Georgia

Gotta Love Sample Platters

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Sample Platter & Frites at The Malt Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Gotta go. Lots for eats to discover out on the open road. What food and drinks do you gravitate towards when dining out at home and in your travels?

Atlanta: The Varsity.

Lot’s of people pass through the heart of the ATL daily on the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85). Some are on I-75 headed to points north- or southward. Others are headed to points east- or westward on I-85. Then there is all the locals and tourists visiting the city. When on the Downtown Connector in Midtown you can not help but see the following sign on the east side of the interstate.

The Varisty - Atlanta - Main logo, signage

The Varsity!

The Varisty - Atlanta

The Varisty - Atlanta

The Varsity opened in 1928 and is the restaurant that immediately comes to mind when people think of Atlanta. It got its name way back when due to the traffic from nearby Georgia Tech students and the desire to set-up restaurants around other college campuses. Today they get 30,000 visitors on Georgia Tech football game days.

The Varisty - Atlanta - historic

It’s known as the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. They are well-known for their fast delivery of orders and for making their world-famous burgers and other items with only the freshest of ingredients. Food and supply trucks stop there several times a day. There also six locations throughout the Atlanta area and one in Athens, Georgia home to The University of Georgia.

The Varisty - Atlanta - world's largest drive-in

Walking inside you’ll immediately encounter a long menu counter with at least a dozen people it seems ready to take your order. You might hear “What’ll ya have?” It’s the companies unofficial slogan, originally used by workers to keep the lines and traffic moving, with as short a phrase as possible.

The Varisty - Atlanta - What'll ya have?

After getting your order you’ll have the choice of several rooms and two floors of seating in which to eat. I decided to eat in classroom, old-school style seating.

The Varisty - Atlanta - school style seating

The choice on this visit, a bacon cheeseburger yum.

The Varisty - Atlanta - bacon cheeseburger

I washed it down with a Coca-Cola, what else?! (Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta.) In fact, more Coca-Cola is sold here then at any other retailer in the world.

The Varisty - Atlanta - Coke

On a previous visit, I went with two cheeseburgers, again yum. You can also get various kinds of hot dogs and burgers many chili based, various chicken sandwiches and salads, fried pies, Frosted Oranges, onion rings and more.

The Varisty - Atlanta - cheeseburgers

After the deliciousness I walked outside onto the second level of the parking deck. Yes it get’s that much traffic! People come here from all over the world.

On the parking deck you can get amazing 360 degree views of the city. First up looking south towards the drive-in you see the downtown skyline.

The Varisty - Atlanta - world's largest drive-in - Downtown skyline

Turning around and facing north you can see northbound interstate traffic as well as the Midtown skyline and the Olympic Flame Sculpture. Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The Varisty - Atlanta - Midtown skyline - Olympic Flame

Looking northwest right down the street from The Varsity is more of the Midtown skyline including the tallest building in the western hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York, the Bank of America Plaza.

The Varisty - Atlanta - Midtown skyline

More great eats on this day at The Varsity. For foodie and burger lovers, history buffs and those looking to capture great views of the city, The Varsity is a must stop. Don’t forget to stop for souvenirs at the gift shop on the way out.

When people think of Atlanta, The Varsity immediately comes to mind. What dining places are most identifiable in your neck of the woods? What other dining places do you suggest in the ATL?

The Varisty - Atlanta