Vortex – Atlanta – Burgers

Vortex – Atlanta – Burgers

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Vortex – Atlanta – Burgers

I heard about Vortex Bar and Grill from one of my brother Vince from the University of Florida. He had been working in Atlanta for some time and recommended it to me as having one of the best burgers in Atlanta, and naturally, I was curious to see how delicious these burgers were.

We traveled down the winding, hilly roads of Atlanta to just outside of Emory University at the “Five Points.” The atmosphere in the area is very off-beat and that is no different for Vortex. Outside of Vortex, a huge skull gapes at you at the doorway with his mouth open, his eyes crazed and wild with a hypnotizing spiral, beckoning you to enter with caution for what lays within. This is different, I thought.

Vortex’ entrance: the wild crazy eyed stare of the skull entices you inward…

Vortex: Best Burgers in Atlanta?

Inside, psychedelic colors light the small dining room area with their bar located on the side. Random assortments hang from the walls and ceiling creating the atmospheric feel of a quirky old attic.

The scene above at the Vortex

We sit down and are ready to order. After a long day of driving from Orlando, the food would be a welcomed respite.

For starters, we order the “bad ass buffalo wings” ($7.95), dipped in original buffalo sauce and definitely delicious, as is hoped. Also, we ordered the “vortex tater-tots fondue” ($4.95), not really a fondue but more of a hot gooey cheese dip on the side. I haven’t seen tater-tots like this since grade school, triggering complex simultaneous mixed emotions of childhood happiness and angst. They taste great of course and hit just the spot.

Deliciously bad ass buffalo wings

The tatertots fondue – bon apetit

Vortex’ tatertots fondue

Vince’ girlfriend Lisa enjoys a tater!

Vince enjoys a stray fry!

Vortex is known for their burgers as stated previously, and not just for having good burgers, but also for their quirky, creative and altogether decadent types of burgers served here. Burgers such as the Spanish Fly burger ($7.95), With a spicy serving of ground chorizo topping, green chilis and pepperjack cheese, and the Elvis burger ($7.95), slathered with a King-sized helping of smooth peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas.

My brother Phil and I share a Coronary Bypass Burger ($8.25), which kind of scared us at first with its name, as we are not fond of a visit to the emergency room any time soon. The burger is made sirloin patty topped with a fried egg, three slices of American cheese, four slices of bacon, and a big fat side of mayo. My arteries clog just from typing about this unspeakable combination, this curse to good health. We stayed away from the Double Coronary Bypass Burger, which is topped with two fried eggs, four slices of American cheese, and 5 slices of bacon, with two grilled cheese sandwiches replacing the buns. @_@

Our hugee burger was delicious indeed, ignoring the fact it may have taken a few years off of my lifespan…

The Vortex Coronary Bypass burger awaits

The Vortex Coronary Bypass burger

The Vortex Coronary Bypass burger

The Vortex Coronary Bypass burger

The Vortex Coronary Bypass burger dissected

Farewell Vortex, see you in my nightmares…

Tasty Chomps Rating!!!!
4.5 out of 5 Tasty chomps!!!!

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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google


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