Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Vortex - Atlanta, Georgia

The Vortex is an eclectic restaurant/bar in the Midtown area of Atlanta. I heard about The Vortex, as I do so many of these places, on the Travel Channel show Man v Food.

The bar with some of its huge selection of beer and spirits

I did mention the eclectic decor right?
One of their claims to fame are the unique burgers, the other being one of the largest beer and spirit selections in the area. While we would have really liked to give the bar a workout, we stuck with the food menu and the reason we were there.

We headed over for lunch this past weekend to satisfy our curiosity and hopefully our appetites. Having looked over the menu before we got there we knew what we were going to order. We hadn't decided on an appetizer so we checked out our options and chose the Cheddar Balls O' Glory.

Cheddar Balls O' Glory - a cheese curd by any other name still tastes great

There are many, many burger options available. The basic burger is a half pound of hand-pattied beef served on an egg roll with LTO, served at whatever temperature is requested. Perfect. From there they get creative. But we were there for a real show stopper, none other than the Double Coronary Bypass burger. The description from The Vortex's website:

Twice as big as the Coronary Bypass! Topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese,
and eight slices of bacon, all served between two grilled cheese sandwiches that we use in place of
the regular hamburger buns.

The Double Coronary Bypass - 2 Fried eggs, 6 slices of American cheese, 8 slices of bacon

That's no bun, oh no, that is one of 2 grilled cheese sandwiches that make up the top & bottom of the burger

Melty grilled cheese, perfectly cooked burger and a bounty of flavorful toppings. So good!
There is a bigger burger (I know, I couldn't believe it either) and one that is a bit smaller using a regular bun and only half the quantity of toppings as the one we had.

The burger we shared was delicious, cooked just the way we like and full of flavor. Way more than a gimmick, it was a great burger and one I would definitely have again. However, when I get back to The Vortex I plan on trying some of their other items. The Hell Burger for one sounds like it has my name all over it.

If you ever find yourself in the Atlanta area give The Vortex a try. A really good burger, an interesting beer menu and a fun space. All the makings of a good time.

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