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It took a while for me to appreciate the joy of a boiled hot dog in a warmed bun, topped with biting yellow mustard that’s the perfect foil to sweet, tangy, creamy coleslaw. Slaw dogs first popped up in West Virginia in the early 1920s and became popular in that region during the Great Depression, when hot dogs and cabbage were affordable for most struggling families.
If you were to choose a single object or idea to represent the city of Atlanta, what would it be? Two years ago, the Atlanta History Center posed this question to visitors, school groups, and the general public, inviting the community to help curate its exhibition Atlanta in 50 Objects.
When Mercedes-Benz stadium opens next year, fans headed to Falcons and Atlanta United games can grab a slice of Antico pizza mid-game, feast on a Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q sandwich, or snack on a classic Varsity hot dog.
Growing up, I was terrified of my best friend’s grandmother, tiny but fierce with her shellacked black hair, penciled eyebrows, and penchant for telling us girls to “stand up straight.” When I confessed I had never eaten a burger at the Varsity, she declared my situation “un-American, un-Southern, and un-Christian.”
The election is less than five weeks away. Which means things will only get more interesting. Today that meant Mitt Romney stopping by Atlanta's iconic fast-food landmark.
As famed French chef Jacques Pepin once exclaimed in our presence at the Georgian Terrace when he learned the duck breast he was sawing through had just been microwaved: "Oh my!"