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The Vortex


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


American, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Free refills available for dine-in guests on the beverages noted below. (No refills on take-out orders)
32 oz. Glass
Diet Coke
32 oz. Glass
Coke Zero
(*Midtown Only) 32 oz. Glass
32 oz. Glass
32 oz. Glass
Mr. Pibb
32 oz.‏ Glass
Sweet Tea
32 oz. Glass
Unsweetened Iced Tea
32 oz. Glass
Minute Maid Pink Lemonade
32 oz. Glass
Boylan’s Brand Bottled Root Beer
Black Cherry
Creme Soda
(12 oz. Bottle)
Gosling’s Brand Ginger Beer
(12 oz. Can)
Bottled Perrier Sparkling Water
(11.15 oz.‏ Bottle)
Bottled Fiji Artesian Water
(500 ml/16.9 oz. Bottle)
Red Bull Energy Drink
(8.4 oz. Can)
Whynatte Latte Coffee Flavored Energy Drink
(8 oz. Can)
Guacamole $+2.25
Mucho Mas Macho Nachos
Crisp tortilla chips smothered w/ your choice of firehouse, Veggie or Turkey Chili, & topped w/ shredded jack & cheddar cheese, black olives, chopped lettuce, sour cream & chunky red salsa. Good God, they’re huge, sloppy & delicious.
Guacamole $+2.25
Atlanta's Original Nacho Tots
Get everything described on the Macho Nachos above, but made w/ tater tots instead of tortilla chips. It kicks ass, but you definitely have to use a fork. Drunk people really seem to love these.
Fried Dill Pickle Spears
Tender, juicy strips of chicken, battered & fried. Served w/ french fries or tots, & your choice of barbecue or honey mustard dipping sauce. Chickens are tasty little critters that want you to eat them.
Chicken Digits
Tender, juicy strips of chicken, battered & fried. Served w/ french fries or tots, & your choice of barbecue or honey mustard dipping sauce. Chickens are tasty little critters that want you to eat them.
Sweet Potato Fries
A big‏ batch of crinkle-cut style fries served w/ your choice of Tasmanian pepperberry sauce or sticky, messy, sweet, gooey marshmallow sauce. Either way, you can’t lose.
Cheese Cheddar Balls
Big balls, little balls, medium balls. Put our deep-fried, beer-battered balls of cheddar-cheesy goodness in your mouth. They come w/ a side of jalapeño ranch dressing for dipping. So bite our cheesy balls
Fried Zucchini Slices
Breaded & fried zucchini slices, served w/ a side of ranch dressing. People can’t seem to get enough of these. Be careful, ‘cause they come straight from the fryer to your face.
Queso dip $+1.50
Guacamole $+2.25
Tortilla Chips & Salsa
Freshly fried corn tortilla chips served w/ our homemade red tomato salsa. ¡Dios Mio!
Chili-Cheese Spuds
A heapin’ helpin’ of french fries or tater tots, topped w/ your choice of Firehouse, Veggie or Turkey Chili, shredded cheddar cheese & diced red onion. They’re sloppy-good.
Delicate dumplings filled w/ cream cheese, puréed crab meat & garlic, flash-fried & served w/ sesame soy & sweet pepper dipping sauces. A tiny Japanese grandmother makes these for us w/ her own tiny hands.
Plain Ol' Vortex Burger
In all its sirloin glory, our Original Vortex Burger is topped w/ lettuce, tomato & sweet red onion
Creamy Turkey
Tree Huggers Veggie Chili
Vortex Chili Burger
Our Original Vortex Burger topped w/ our bean-tastic chilli & shredded jack & cheddar cheese.
Vortex Cheese Burgers
Our original Vortex Burger topped
Vortex Bacon Cheeseburger
After you choose your cheese (see above), we’ll add a bunch of our tasty, crispy bacon to finish off the best Bacon Cheeseburger ever
Blue ‘Shroom Burger
Topped w/ our thick blue cheese spread, sautéed mushrooms & bacon. It’s so good. you’ll see God.
Tasmanian Devil Burger
Coated w/ a pepperberry rub & topped w/ pepperjack cheese & pineapple salsa.
Holy Guacamole Burger
Topped w/ jack cheese & a big glob of our freshly made guacamole. Heavenly.
Black ‘N’ Spicy Burger
Covered in Cajun spices, blackened & topped w/ pepperjack cheese & fire-roasted red peppers.
Swiss & Mushroom Burger
Topped w/ Swiss cheese & tasty sautéed mushrooms.
Hell Burger
Topped w/‏ pepperjack cheese, habanero relish, & a roasted jalapeño pepper. It’s spicy, so don’t order it if you’re a pussy. No returns.
Lone Star Tex Melt
(No lettuce, tomato or onion) Topped w/ cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce & crispy onion rings. Served on Texas toast.
Ragin’ Cajun Burger
Topped w/ a zesty blend of our secret Cajun sauce & pepperjack cheese.
Spanish Fly Burger
Topped w/ a spicy serving of our secret ground chorizo mix & pepperjack cheese.
Elvis Burger
Slathered w/ a King-sized helpin’ of smooth peanut butter, bacon & fried bananas.
The Coronary by Pass
Our big half-pound sirloin patty topped w/ a fried egg, three slices of American cheese, four slices of bacon, w/ plenty of mayo on the side that we expect you to slather all over this burger. And yes, it comes w/ a side item too.
The Double Coronary by Pass
Twice as big as the Coronary Bypass! Topped w/ two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, & eight slices of bacon, all served between two grilled cheese sandwiches that we use in place of the regular hamburger buns.
The Triple Coronary by Pass
Made w/ two half-pound Vortex sirloin patties stacked inside three grilled cheese sandwiches, topped w/ two fried eggs, eight slices of American cheese, ten slices of bacon & plenty of mayo on the side. With this burger we choose your side for you, & it’s a big bowl of fries & tots covered in our cheesy-cheese goo. This super-stack is a heart attack waiting to happen. Enjoy! (No lettuce, tomato or onion)
The Meat Pack Melt
A Vortex sirloin patty topped w/ sliced turkey, ham, American, Swiss & cheddar cheese all griddled together on swirled rye bread. This is the best “melt” you have ever put in your mouth. No lettuce, tomato or onion- Just Meat
The Carnivorgasm
A sirloin patty, a turkey patty, pulled barbecued chicken, bacon, sliced ham, turkey, cheddar cheese & whiskey pimento cheese, all covered in Vortex barbecue sauce & crammed between two buns. No lettuce, tomato or onion- Just Meat
Want a “Non-Beef” Vortex Burger? Select any one of our burger styles, & we’ll substitute the beef patty w/ your choice from the non-beef alternatives listed below. Just add the amount shown to the regular beef burger price.
Veggie Patties
A meatless patty made w/ a combination of oats, brown rice, vegetables & seasonings. Available in Plain or Black Bean style.
Turkey Patty
Our seasoned ground turkey is lower in fat than beef. It might even be good for you.
Chicken Breast
A juicy, grilled 6-ounce breast of farm-fresh chicken. Stupid, delicious chickens.
Bison Patty
A buffalo patty has less fat than a skinless chicken breast, w/ the juicy taste of beef. How the hell can you beat that combination?
If you order a “plain” non-beef burger, it will be topped w/ lettuce, tomato & onion just like The Plain Ol’ Vortex Burger.
All of our soup & chili is made fresh, in-house every morning. We serve our soup w/ crackers & our bean-tastic chilis w/ a piece of delicious homemade jalapeño corn bread.
Cup $3.25
Bowl $3.95
Soup of the Day
Ask your‏ Server for today’s delicious homemade selection.
Cup $3.95
Bowl $4.50
Three- Alarm Firehouse Chili
Our spicy Firehouse chili is made w/ ground sirloin, beans & secret seasonings, topped w/ shredded jack & cheddar cheese & diced red onion. Did we mention that it’s spicy? So you can’t return it because you think it’s too spicy. It’s spicy.
Cup $3.95
Bowl $4.50
Creamy Turkey Chili
A delicious cream-based chili made w/ turkey, garbanzo beans, onion & secret spices. Yup, it’s spicy too!
Cup $3.95
Bowl $4.50
Tree Huggers Veggie Chili
Made w/ a blend of kidney & black beans, vegetables & spices, but no meat. Can you believe it? Topped w/ diced onion.
We’ll add shredded Jack & Cheddar cheese by request
Our Sandwiches come w/ a free Side Item. They are listed in the Burger section. So find the list & Pick One. If you want to choose your own type of bread, we keep the following selection on hand: Thick Sliced white whole wheat, Swirl Rye, Focaccia, Hoagie Roll, Pita Bread, Burger Bun or a Tomato Flour Tortilla.
Big Nine-Inch Weenie
You know you crave that big 9-incher. A thick, delicious, pure-beef weenie grilled over an open flame, served naked on a butter-griddled bun. You can dress your weenie w/ these items at no additional cost: coleslaw, sauerkraut, diced raw onions, relish and/or sautéed onions.
Super Fat Chili Dog
Our big‏ 9-inch weenie covered w/ Firehouse, Turkey or Veggie Chili, topped w/ shredded jack & cheddar & diced red onion.
Dirty Cajun's Spicy Hot Link
A grilled, spicy Louisiana Andouille sausage, topped w/ lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapeño jack cheese & our homemade remoulade served on a grilled hoagie roll.
Chorizo $+1.50
Brooklyn Egghead
Two fried eggs topped w/ American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato & red onion, served on grilled Texas toast. Add your own mayo & it’s perfect!
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Breaded, fried chicken strips tossed in wing sauce, wrapped up in a flour tortilla w/ romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles & avocado ranch dressing.
Grilled Chicken Melt
A juicy grilled chicken breast, topped w/ grilled tomato & our special bacon & scallion cream cheese spread, all served on home-baked focaccia bread. Love those stupid, tasty chickens.
Vortex Veggie Melt
Your choice of a plain or black bean veggie patty, grilled on swirl rye bread, & topped w/ provolone cheese, sautéed mushrooms, honey mustard dressing, roasted red pepper, sweet red onion & tomato.
Grilled Cheese-O-Rama
Grilled on your choice of bread
Club Deluxe
Sliced smoked turkey, black forest ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce & tomato, topped w/ mayonnaise & served on toasted white, wheat or rye bread.
Side House Salad $+4.95
Extra Dressing $+0.75
Vortex House Salad
Fresh mixed greens, tomato wedges, sweet red onion, mushrooms & sliced cucumber, topped w/ our homemade croutons. Served w/ your choice of dressing
Extra Dressing $+0.75
Barbequed Chicken Salad
Mixed field greens, corn & black bean relish, diced tomatoes, shredded jack & cheddar cheese & fried tortilla strips, all topped w/ pulled, barbecued chicken & jalapeño ranch dressing.
Side Caesar Salad $+4.95
Extra Dressing $+0.75
Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce tossed in our Caesar dressing, topped w/ homemade croutons & shredded parmesan cheese.
Guacamole $+ 2.25
Extra Dressing $+0.75
Acapulco Salad
Shredded greenleaf lettuce topped w/ a sliced grilled chicken breast, diced tomato, black olives & shredded jack & cheddar cheese. Tossed in our avocado ranch dressing, & served in a fried flour tortilla shell.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Came here while on quick business trip. Was solo so I sat at the bar, and ordered the Lone Star melt. It was large, quite messy (had to put the onion rings on the side) but quite delicious! Very tasty burger combined with Catawba Vanilla...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank rstravelerMaryland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boy have I been missing out.. finally after living outside of Atlanta for 12 years. I made it to the Vortex for a girls day trip in town. We had so much fun the food was great, the drinks were great, and service was great....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ashli H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the Vortex because a friend recommended we try it. The nachos were the best I have ever experienced!!! The cheese sauce was delicious!!! Hamburgers were delicious .... so moist!!! The atmosphere of the restaurant was just so entertaining- lots to look at...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CathyP1953
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can’t get a better burger and tater tots anywhere in Atlanta!! Great service too! Great vibe in the restaurant!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 518ATLCouple
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on the recommendation of a hotel staffer. Once in,you are greeted by a three foot phallus, and from that point on the place gets even more interesting. Wait staff is "interesting", ambiance is even more so. Drinks are inexpensive and food (burgers) were excellent....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Richard G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was of course wonderful from the burgers to the sides to the beer selection. The interior decor and style was a bit crude so maybe not ideal for observant kids but it was a fun place overall.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank bengolson
Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

We loved the whole experience of Vortex. Great food, great drinks and cool vibe!! We had to go with the burgers since it was our first visit. We were not disappointed. Loved the tots and onion rings!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank geniarob
Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

The Vortex in Midtown is a fun place to go to eat with friends! It is 21+ to get in which is nice if you’re looking for an all adult place. We went with some friends recently and this was our first time. The food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank blh892
Reviewed December 14, 2018

I have been to Atlanta twice on business and I ate here the first time because I found it online... I came here the second time because of that first time! The wings were incredible but I recommend going easy on the Atomic Death Sauce,...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank ryanpol
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Visited after the SEC championship game. One of the best burgers I have ever eaten!! Fried pickles are amazing as well!!

Date of visit: December 2018
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September 26, 2017|
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Response from Jens B | Reviewed this property |
Loud music, but you could talk without a problem or the need to shout
May 20, 2017|
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Response from Kiivs | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember seeing a parking lot around :(
January 10, 2016|
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Response from dsponder | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. I am pretty sure it's a 21 and over establishment. I could be wrong though.
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