The Vortex Bar & Grill

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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
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 06:39
Get the coronary bypass... best burger in town!
Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 19:15
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
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 07:45
Order the Double Coronary like it's your regular burger. Down the entire thing like a pro. Act like you've been there before.
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 16:20
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
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:51
Follow the rules!
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:49
I recommend the chili
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 14:29
If you like blue cheese, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not get the blue shroom burger...amazing!
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 09:35
The Yokohama Mama is the best!
Friday, February 19, 2010 - 20:37
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]
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:06
Hungry? The Double Coronary Bypass burger will fill up even the heartiest individuals. For those willing to go Man vs. Food style, the Triple Coronary Bypass burger has been added to the menu!
Monday, August 15, 2011 - 11:24
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.)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 15:22
I dare you to try the burger with peanut's actually pretty good!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 19:15
Order the fried Zucchini. Side or appetizer, your call. It's delicious.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 00:09
If you haven't, read the front of the menu.
Friday, April 8, 2011 - 21:56
Wanna get tipsy? Try the Skull Crusher..its the whole damn bar
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 18:00
Double Coronary Bypass Burger and Tator Tots... Wash it down with a Blue Moon!
Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 14:58
Definitely go for the tots, sweet potatoes or the rings over the regular fries
Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 09:02
You want to go Hell Burger. Not too hot, not too messy, way too good. R N T.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 09:59
Order an absinthe and some tatter totts, have a smoke at the bar and remember, life is good.
Friday, July 17, 2009 - 17:02