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ATL - How is Shaun's?

Hey hounds. Heading to Atlanta for a few days for spring break from Saint Louis and a trusted food friend is recommending Shaun's. Love to get some more opinions.

Also my 13 year old son wants to go to the downtown Varsity. Is it worth the hype and wait? Thanks for the help in advance.

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  1. I have not been to Shaun's yet and have heard mixed reviews.
    I have foodie friends who know Shaun personally and they were not impressed.

    The Varsity: not worth the hype and I've never waited long. I say take your son. What the heck. It's an experience.

    1. haven't been to shaun's, but heard the same thing as pp - mixed reviews and no one was impressed.

      i'd suggest fat burger rather than the varsity. less grease, still fun.

      check out rolling bones for texas bbq as well. LOVE the beef brisket with a mix of their hot and sweet sauces and the coleslaw dumped right on. mmm.

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      1. re: mrsjenpeters

        Fatburger instead of varsity??? You go to the varsity for the history, the crazy ambience, and because it is all about Atlanta. The orange frosty thingy and the onion rings are solid choices, but it's not so much about the food as it is the experience. I'd say go for it if you're nearby, but don't make it a detour.

        I've been to Shaun's once and it was solid. Nice neighborhood place.

        1. re: biskuit

          "Fatburger instead of varsity??? You go to the varsity for the history, the crazy ambience, and because it is all about Atlanta. The orange frosty thingy and the onion rings are solid choices, but it's not so much about the food as it is the experience. I'd say go for it if you're nearby, but don't make it a detour."

          i MUCH prefer the flavor to ambiance alone. we'll just have to agree to disagree on that. :)

          1. re: mrsjenpeters

            I'm not saying the food at the Varsity is better than the food at Fatburgers. I'm saying that if you are visiting Atlanta, there are lots of reasons to go to the Varsity and almost no reason to go to Fatburgers. That would be like going to New Orleans and getting a donut at Krispy Kreme rather than beignets at Cafe du Monde. The Krispy Kreme (might) be better, but Cafe du Monde is unique to New Orleans and an experience in and of itself.

      2. My 15 year old son loves to go to the Varsity, and has since he was little. I'm sure your 13 year old will feel the same way.

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          My five year old prefers JR Crickets across the street. Funny.

        2. I haven't heard many good things about Shaun's, but maybe it's improved over the last six months. Sounds like it's hit or miss.

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          1. re: carolinacub

            Hey guys. Thanks for the help. We went to Shauns at 6PM last night and we were the only ones in there till a little before 7. I have to say that the food we had was great. The chopped liver was chunky and unlike any I had before, I'm Jewish, and was very good. You could taste the egg, the liver and I would order it again. The oysters were good and fresh with a mignionette and mild cocktail sauce. The kids split the steak frites and it was cooked perfectly and what can be bad about duck fat french fries. I had the chicken liver fettucini, great marsala sauce, al dente noodles and plenty of lightly sauted livers. A very rich pasta dish. My sister had the shrimp and grits and loved it and my brother in law had the fish and chips. The fish and chips were good but the other entree's were better. We washed it all down with a great little Sancerre. If I lived anywhere near Shaun's, I would make it my go to neighborhood restaurant.

            1. re: greggold

              That's a lot of liver, even for a liver lover!

              1. re: chanterelle

                Yeah, I think they upsized the liver portion compared to the version of the dish they served at Midcity Cuisine.

            2. re: carolinacub

              Oh we went to the Varsity also. It was everything I expected after seeing them on Food TV. I wouldn't drive downtown to eat there but if I were close, I might stop there once in a while. The kids loved it, but I would take a Chicago style dog anyday.