by Greg A. on
The Varsity is more of a landmark than a place I like to go eat. I have only been there 2-3 times and I have lived less than 2 blocks away for the past 2.5 years. The food isn't that great, it's just greasy burgers, hot dogs and fries, but I would go at least once for the experience. The cashiers yell at you "whatayahave?" when you order causing the place to get pretty hectic. I would recommend trying the Varsity if you visit Atlanta for the experience, but don't expect to be amazed by the food.
by Rex V. on
My first time here was to see Armin Van Buuren a month ago, I didn't know that these events would be so crazily packed like this. I left the OC around 10:30pm and didn't get to Hollywood until 12 thanks to LA traffic on a Saturday night. It took me about 45 minutes to get from exiting Hollywood Blvd to actually into Vanguard's parking lot. That night had so much people I was forced to go do Valet which cost me $20 bucks which I thought was a bit pricey but oh well I'm seeing my god perform live. It took me no time to get my ticket from will call and I just walked right into the club with no line. Right when I stepped in, I felt like I just walked into the infernos of hell, it was ridiculously hot like the A/C was broken or something. The lighting and sound system was phenomenal, it left my ears ringing afterwards. The crowd was really diverse in race and age since it was a DJ event, and the lines in the bathroom were super long and the bathroom was cramped and barely had any stalls or urinals. After that ordeal, I went to the bar and bought myself a drink which was pricey and weak for what I paid for. And what sucked the most is that there was a $40 minimum charge for credit cards. Having being it my first time going to these kind of events, I didn't know that the club was full of sweaty etards, and no they weren't little teens doing it, it was grandmas, grandpas and mom and dads doing it. I have yet to see this level of partying done by those age groups. One old dude even offered me free E. Other than the blazing heat and soaking my tshirt not from dancing but just standing around and the crazy moms going crazier than a squirrel on crack the night was great. Next time I come back, I'll be sure to wear less and with more cash.
by Sharyl Jeanpaul on
The first of the big fancy chains has arrived at the W hotel Midtown. Though the restaurant is part of the Jean George group, they do seem to be making some attempt to adjust their New York Style to Atlanta. The top toque went to a previous BluePoint Chef and hopefully that will allow for some individuality. The style is aggressively hip with the digital projections of the W's lobby reflecting into the dark and thumping dining room. The floating flowers and tea-lights bathed in dancing neon colors certainly shouts asian fusion, but nothing about seems organic. The drinks were tasty, but seemingly without much actual alcohol. A similarly high-ish priced wine list makes me want to simply eat and move along to somewhere else. At this point the restaurant still feels like a soft open, with the back of the house running out of 3 different items, and the wait staff flubbing their lines, repeating the official anecdotes about the dishes, and actively seeking feedback. It's a little unclear how much impact this feedback will have given the fact that it is part of a chain and appeared to offer no specials, but there is no doubt that they wanted it - enough to send out free dishes for our feedback. And it's a good thing that they did; the free dish of fried catfish was really the only dish that fulfilled the thematic promise of upscale asian street food in the south. Other menu standouts were the very herby halibut in coconut broth and the tuna tartar appetizer, however these tasty dishes seemed a bit out of place. I can't imagine anyone even trying to make or eat these on the street. Also, I recommend ordering the optional coconut sticky rice. The dollar fifty surcharge is well worth the improvement over the standard rice.