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The Varsity’s 90-Cent Chili Cheese Dogs Caused a Traffic Jam Saturday

The Varsity’s 90-cent menu clogged roads and saw long lines during Saturday’s birthday bash

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The Varsity caused a feeding frenzy and traffic on Saturday

The Varsity’s chili cheese dogs clogged more than arteries on Saturday. Traffic is always bad in Atlanta, but it was especially onerous on Saturday during the Varsity’s 90-cent menu birthday bash. Cars exiting at North Avenue backed up traffic on the Connector (I-75/I-85) for nearly a quarter mile in both directions throughout most of the late morning into the afternoon. The event drew thousands from around metro Atlanta who waited for hours in the oppressive heat and humidity and then the pouring rain for a 90-cent chili cheese dog and frosted orange. Even mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made an appearance. Although, she didn’t have to stand in line. [FACEBOOK]

Two new restaurants acquired liquor licenses

Mouth of the South on Carroll Street in Cabbagetown and Mexican restaurant Patria Cocina at the Beacon in Grant Park both acquired their liquor licenses on Friday. [FACEBOOK]

New brunch alert

Firepit Pizza Tavern at Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park is now serving brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A post to the restaurant’s Facebook page shows French toast, a bloody mary bar, and breakfast pizza among the menu offerings. [FACEBOOK]

Atlanta bartender scores $10k cocktail competition win

Jeff Banks, bar manager at chef Linton Hopkins’ restaurant C. Ellet’s Steakhouse at Battery Atlanta, won $10,000 and the title of “Undisputed Champion” during the Bar Fight cocktail competition sponsored by Bedlam Vodka last week. The competition benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation. [Official]

The Varsity

61 North Avenue Northwest, , GA 30308 (404) 881-1706 Visit Website

C. Ellet's Steakhouse

2605 Circle 75 Parkway, , GA 30339 (678) 996-5344 Visit Website