The Vortex Bar & Grill

Row 1

878 Peachtree St NE (btw 8th & 9th)
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-1667
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–2:00 AM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–3:00 AM Sun: 11:00 AM–Midnight


The Vortex, which has two Atlanta locations, is a crazy place. First of all, just to enter the restaurant you have to walk through a giant skull with crazy eyes that also happens to be the main entrance. The menu has a full page of rules ("We maintain the right to refuse service to any person that, in our sole opinion, is a great big jerk."). They also don’t allow anyone in who’s under the age of 18 because of smoking laws. And while all of this kitsch and attitude might make for a great distraction from underwhelming food anywhere else, the burgers here are the real deal (and so are the sweet potato tots). The Hell's Fury burger is a gargantuan half-pound patty of Choice sirloin, topped with pepper jack cheese, something called Atomic Death Sauce, habanero relish, and a whole roasted jalapeño. Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re into spicy food, this very well might be the tastiest burger you’ll ever encounter. — Dan Myers

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Burgers here are to die for! On Man v Food Nation, Adam Richman tries a burger so monstrous that it's held together by 2 grilled cheese sandwiches!
Travel Channel
2011-08-10 10:39:55
Order the Double Coronary like it's your regular burger. Down the entire thing like a pro. Act like you've been there before.
2009-08-27 20:20:41
I recommend the chili
2009-07-21 18:29:13
Follow the rules!
2011-03-10 17:49:11
If you like blue cheese, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not get the blue shroom burger...amazing!
2010-03-13 14:35:29
The Yokohama Mama is the best!
2010-02-20 01:37:05
One of my favorite Atlanta institutions. But it's really time to move into the 21st century and nix the smoking! (And that goes for the rest of GA too.)
2011-05-18 19:22:18
I dare you to try the burger with peanut's actually pretty good!
2011-03-22 23:15:47
Order the fried Zucchini. Side or appetizer, your call. It's delicious.
2010-03-13 05:09:35
Its the kind of place you want to take out-of-town guests, if only just to shock them with the existence of the Triple Coronary Bypass burger. [Eater 38 Member]
2012-07-30 15:06:43
Funky atmosphere, loud music, enormous selection of bottled beers and some of the best and biggest burgers in town. Black bean soup and home-style pimento cheese are excellent, too.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
2011-10-17 14:51:29
If you haven't, read the front of the menu.
2011-04-09 01:56:53
Definitely go for the tots, sweet potatoes or the rings over the regular fries
2010-05-06 13:02:05
Crave from the Grave: Like it spicy? The "Hell Burger" is topped w/ habanero relish, jalapenos, & pepperjack cheese. I'm sweatin' just thinking about it! Give the tots a try for your side item too.
Oakland Cemetery
2011-08-14 11:45:03
You want to go Hell Burger. Not too hot, not too messy, way too good. R N T.
2010-08-03 13:59:49
Order an absinthe and some tatter totts, have a smoke at the bar and remember, life is good.
2009-07-17 21:02:38
Wanna get tipsy? Try the Skull Crusher..its the whole damn bar
2012-04-20 22:00:16
Get the guacamole burger, it's to die for!
2010-06-13 22:27:57
The ethos of late-night eating is perfectly summed up in the title of one of their most formidable burgers, the Coronary Bypass.
2013-03-12 17:58:03
Bad service, ridiculous rules, cocky attitude, but their food is to die for. Avocado burger = heaven
2012-05-26 19:08:13