One has to go: Atlanta debates over which fast food staple gets the boot

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The Varsity, American Deli, Chick-Fil-A and Waffle House are debated on Twitter

Another day on social media means another battle over opinions on Twitter. But today, it’s all in good fun as Atlantans decide which hometown fast food spot takes the cake.

The virtual war began after WSB-TV traffic reporter Mark Arum posted a quadrant of photos from fast food chains that got their start in Georgia: Chick-Fil-A, Waffle House, American Deli and The Varsity.

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“One has to go, Atlanta edition. Which one are you dropping?” Arum tweeted Monday with a thinking emoji.

The Varsity was founded by Georgia Tech alumnus Frank Gordy in 1928 on North Avenue. Waffle House was founded by Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner and opened in Avondale Estates in 1955. Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-Fil-A in Greenbriar Shopping Center in 1967 and American Deli was opened in 1989 in South Dekalb Mall.

Almost instantly, Twitter users began weighing in.

Soon, confusion emerged over what American Deli was among some users.

By midday, American Deli and The Varsity were the No. 1 and 2 trending topics in Atlanta respectively.

And several resumed the long running debate over whether or not the Atlanta staple some locals refer to as The Greasy V is worth keeping in the running.