BEST BURGERS IN ATLANTA
Made with a half-pound of 100% choice sirloin, The Vortex has been winning “Best Burger in Atlanta” awards since 1992. Our burgers are char-grilled to perfection over an open flame, cooked to order, and topped in a variety of creative ways. In recent years, plenty of other places have been jumping on the “Burger Bandwagon,” but The Vortex is truly the Godfather of Atlanta burger joints. Our customers rave about all the other ridiculously indulgent bar food we serve as well. The Vortex is exactly the kind of place your momma warned you about. Everything we offer is bad for you, and that’s why it’s so much fun. It’s good to be bad. We’re just here to help.
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Any complimentary menus provided through The Vortex website, or by other means, are provided solely as a courtesy to our patrons. They are not an advertisement of products or services, nor a contract of any kind. While we do our best to keep our reference materials up-to-date, please understand that all information contained on our website, and within our menus, including, but not limited to, individual menu items, descriptions, prices and company policies, are subject to change without notice.
The consumption of raw or undercooked foods such as meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and eggs which contain harmful bacteria, may cause serious illness or death.
These appetizers are all perfect for sharing with your friends to get the party started. Or you can be a total glutton and order one all for yourself. We won’t judge you.
A pile of freshly fried tortilla chips covered with our Spicy Mighty Meaty Chili, Cheesy-Cheese Goo, fire roasted salsa, diced tomato, chopped lettuce, and sour cream. We’ll even build these Nachos on top of tater tots instead of chips at your request. We’ll also add sliced jalapeños if you want to kick it up a notch. (Add guacamole for an additional fee)
BAD ASS BUFFALO WINGS
We serve ten deep-fried chicken wings tossed in your choice of Original Buffalo, Spicy Honey Barbecue, or Atomic Death Sauce. They come with celery and a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing. PLEASE NOTE: Atomic Death Sauce is really HOT. There are no returns for crybabies. (Add a side of French Fries or Tots for an additional fee)
Everyone loves to dip fried stuff in Cheese Goo. So take your pick and dip away.
- Fresh Tortilla Chips and a cup of Goo.
- Fries or Tots and a cup of Goo.
FRIED ZUCCHINI SLICES
This appetizer has a fan club. When we took it off the menu, people cried. They cried long and hard. So, now it’s back. Admittedly, they are the tastiest way to transport our delicious Ranch Dressing directly into your gaping pie hole.
A heapin’ helpin’ of french fries topped with melted jack & cheddar cheese, our homemade white sausage gravy, and crumbled bacon. The Canadians call their version “poutine,” but y’all know a big ol’ plate of kickass like this could only come from the Heart of Dixie!
MAC ‘N’ CHEESY-CHANGA
We stuff a flour tortilla full of macaroni ‘n’ cheese and barbecued pulled pork. Then we deep fry it, slice it for sharing, top it with a drizzle of our famous Cheesy-Cheese Goo, and serve it with a side of barbecue sauce. It’s insanely good. While you don’t have to be crazy to eat this, it probably wouldn’t hurt. Oh, and you’re welcome.
These delicate Asian dumplings are filled with cream cheese, finely puréed crab, and garlic. They’re flashfried and served with sesame soy and sweet pepper dipping sauces. An ex-Geisha girl actually makes these dainty pastries for us with her tiny Japanese hands. Really.
FRIED PICKLE SPEARS
Crispy, crunchy dill pickle spears, battered and fried to perfection, then served with a side of spicy jalapeño ranch dressing for dipping. Just like your sweet old Mee Maw used to make.
CUPS FULL O’ LOVE
We make our soups and chilis from scratch every morning because that’s how much we love you.
SPICY MIGHTY MEATY CHILI
Made with ground sirloin, chipotle & habanero peppers, and a secret combination of seasonings, but no beans ’cause it’s MEATY. It’s definitely got some heat to it, so please don’t order it if you’re a big pussy. Available by the Cup or the Bowl.
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
The bastard child of soup and chili, made with chicken, garbanzo beans, peppers, black beans, onion, and cilantro, all cooked in a seasoned chicken stock. Slightly smoky, with a little bit of spice. Damn good stuff. Available by the Cup or the Bowl.
THE VORTEX SOUP OF THE DAY
Ask your Server for today’s delicious homemade selection. Available by the Cup or the Bowl.
GREENS OF THE GODS
Don’t let your friends mock you for ordering a salad at The Vortex. Our salads are super-awesome! Maybe it’s because they all have meat in them. But they’re salads, so they’re good for you… right?
FRIED CHICKEN SALAD
Chopped green leaf lettuce, topped with a fried chicken breast, crumbled bacon, diced tomato, and shredded cheese, tossed in our bacon chive ranch dressing, and served in a fried flour tortilla shell. We finally figured out how to fry a salad.
PULLED PORK SALAD
Mixed greens, corn & black bean relish, diced tomatoes, jack and cheddar cheese, all topped with barbecued pulled pork and fried tortilla strips. Served with jalapeño ranch dressing. It’s not just good, it’s pork-tastic!
THE VORTEX HOUSE SALAD
A big bowl of mixed greens, diced tomatoes, onion, shredded cheese, and bacon bits. Available in FULL or HALF options. Choose your dressing from the following selection: Ranch, Blue Cheese, Bacon Chive Ranch, Thousand Island, Jalapeño Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, or Oil & Vinegar. Extra items come at an extra cost.
All of our Sandwich and Burger plates come with a side item. Some are provided for free, and others are available for a small up-charge. So choose your side item from the two lists below.
SIDE ITEMS INCLUDED FOR FREE
A side portion of French Fries, Tater Tots, Loaded Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Fried Plantains, or a bag of Zapp’s Voodoo Potato Chips.
SIDE ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR A SMALL UP-CHARGE
A cup of Soup or Chili, a Vortex House Half Salad, a side portion of Onion Rings, or a side portion of Swee’tater Waffle Fries with marshmallow goo.
KING SIZED SANDWICHES
All our Sandwiches are big and delicious. Choose a Side Dish to go along with it from the list above.
HOT SOUTHERN MESS
A fried chicken breast topped with a fried egg and bacon, all covered with our delicious white sausage gravy, and served on Texas Toast. So damn good you’ll wanna slap yo’ mama.
THREE LITTLE PIGS
Slow roasted pork, topped with bacon, grilled ham, jack cheese and onion rings, smothered in our Southern barbecue sauce and served on a burger roll. Pigs are like the candy of animals.
Corned beef, Swiss cheese, caraway sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, all griddled together on our swirl rye bread. The best Reuben in Atlanta. If you’re not a purist, we can also substitute sliced turkey for the corned beef.
A battered, fried chicken breast, topped with three slices of bacon, blue cheese dressing, and buffalo relish, all served on a big ol’ hoagie roll. If you love the taste of Buffalo wings, you will love this sandwich.
A savory and sweet griddled sandwich served on thick sliced white toast filled with turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese and chipotle cream cheese, topped with sweet & spicy jalapeño jelly. Yum!
CUBANO DE LIBERTAD
*A fresh baked roll filled with slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, sliced pickles, and spicy mustard, grilled flat and drenched in Mojo sauce. (*NO Substitutions or changes)
BIG NAKED WEENIE
A 9-inch, pure-beef weenie, grilled and served naked on a butter-griddled bun. Add coleslaw, sauerkraut, diced raw onions, relish and/or sautéed onions at no additional cost, or add our Spicy Mighty Meaty Chili and shredded jack and cheddar cheese for a small up-charge.
Made with a half-pound of 100% choice sirloin, The Vortex has been winning “Best Burger in Atlanta” awards since 1992. Our burgers are char-grilled to perfection over an open flame, and cooked to order. To order: 1) Choose your burger. 2) Choose your cooking temperature. 3) Choose your side dish.
THE PLAIN OL’ ORIGINAL VORTEX BURGER
A juicy half pound patty of 100% premium ground sirloin, cooked over an open flame, topped with lettuce, tomato, sweet red onion, and dill pickle slices – and that’s all! It’s just plain goooood!
THE VORTEX CHEESEBURGER
For a small upcharge per two-slice serving, you can add your choice of cheese from the following selection: American, Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, Jack or Pepper Jack cheese, or a big blob of Whiskey Pimento Cheese, Chipotle Cream Cheese or Blue Cheese Spread.
THE VORTEX BACON CHEESEBURGER
For a small upcharge per serving, you can top your burger with bacon too!
Topped with teriyaki glaze, jack cheese, and a ring of grilled pineapple. Kono hanbāgā wa, sekkusu yori mo sugurete imasu, bitches!
BLACK & BLUE
Coated with Cajun spices, and topped with blue cheese spread, this burger is so good it’ll knock you out. Don’t make us tell you twice.
Topped with jack cheese and a big glob of our freshly made guacamole. So simple, so pure – this is surely burger divinity.
SWISS & MUSHROOM
Okay, this is an IQ test. Can you guess what’s on this burger? Yeah, it’s topped with Swiss cheese and tasty sautéed mushrooms. Very good.
LONE STAR TEX MELT
Topped with cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and crispy onion rings, served on griddled Texas toast. Don’t mess with Texas.
Covered with pulled pork, cheddar cheese and bacon, all slathered in our spicy teriyaki outlaw sauce, makes this burger so good, it’s criminal.
Topped with our zesty Cajun sauce and pepper jack cheese. Eat this burger, get your girl to show her titties, and you’ll feel like you’re in N’awlins.
Pepper jack cheese, Atomic Death Sauce, habanero relish, and a roasted jalapeño all make this burger hotter than hell. Definitely not for sensitive souls.
Topped with our delicious, mind-expanding blue cheese spread, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon. It’s so tasty you might actually see God.
BIG BLUE BUFFALO
Drenched in our original Bad Ass Buffalo Wing sauce and topped with a big glob of our thick blue cheese spread. No celery sticks though.
KA’MANA WA’NA LEI’YA
Topped with our tiki-tastic chipotle cream cheese spread, three slices of bacon, and spicy pineapple jalapeño jelly, served on thick sliced toast.
Slathered with a King-sized helpin’ of smooth peanut butter, bacon, and fried bananas. Now that’s what we call Takin’ Care of Business.
Topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms, Swiss and cheddar cheese, and our super-secret Vortex steak sauce. Sheer sirloin perfection.
A blackened patty topped with horseradish sauce, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and jack cheese. A divine revelation of zesty flavor.
We introduced our Coronary Bypass Burger tm in the 1990’s, and we have been imitated ever since. So beware of sleazy counterfeits. The Vortex is the true originator of these heart-stopping mega-burgers.
Our big half-pound sirloin patty topped with a fried egg, three slices of American cheese, and four slices of bacon. We’ll provide plenty of mayo for this burger, which we highly recommend you use. And yes, it comes with a side item too.
DOUBLE CORONARY BYPASS™
Twice as ridiculous as the Coronary Bypass! Topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches that we use in place of the regular hamburger buns.
TRIPLE CORONARY BYPASS™ (aka THE SUPER-STACK)
It becomes difficult to even describe this, the most preposterous of our Bypass Burgers. It’s sort of a Coronary Bypass surrounded by a Double Coronary Bypass. Sort of. We guess all you really need to know is that we use three burger patties, three fried eggs, fourteen slices of American cheese, and ten slices of bacon, all packed between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Figuring out how to add condiments is completely up to you. It’s served in a big bowl of french fries and tater tots covered, in lots of our Cheesy-Cheese Goo. Enjoy!
MEAT PACKER MELT™
A sirloin patty topped with sliced turkey, ham, American, Swiss, and cheddar cheese all griddled together on swirled rye bread. This is the best patty melt you have ever put in your mouth.
Two grilled sirloin patties, pulled, smoked pork, bacon, sliced ham, turkey, cheddar cheese, and whiskey pimento cheese, all covered in Vortex barbecue sauce and crammed between two burger buns. So much meat! Oh… Oh, yeah!
A sirloin patty served open-face on Texas toast, topped with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, two eggs overeasy, barbecue sauce, and a steak knife stabbed right through its soulless zombie face.
Two sirloin patties served open face on Texas toast, topped with grilled ham, two fried eggs, American cheese, and bacon, all nestled between a serving of tots and fries, and then we cover the whole damn thing with our white sausage gravy.
Want more options? You can SUBSTITUTE the beef patty on any of The Vortex Burgers on our menu, with one of the non-beef options listed below, for a small substitution charge.
TURKEY BURGER PATTY
This ain’t no jive turkey. Our grilled, seasoned, 8-ounce ground turkey patty is lower in fat than beef. It might even be good for you. God forbid.
GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST
We chargrill our farm-fresh, 6-ounce chicken breasts over an open flame. Plain and simple.
VEGGIE BURGER PATTY
We make our veggie burgers from scratch using garbanzo beans, egg, corn, peppers, onions, celery and secret spices, then we fry ’em.
FRIED CHICKEN BREAST
A 6-ounce chicken breast, battered and deep fried, just as the good Lord intended.
We serve our soft drinks in big-ass 32-ounce tumblers. This ain’t commie New York City. We also offer free refills to our dine-in guests on the beverages *designated below. (PLEASE NOTE:We do not offer any refills on Take-Out orders)
*Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, or Ginger Ale, Hi-C Pink Lemonade, Mello Yello, Dr. Pepper or Fanta Orange Soda
*TEA & COFFEE
*Sweet Tea or Unsweetened Iced Tea and Coffee. (We don’t offer any half-caf, non fat, pump mocha, wholemilk foam kind of bullshit here. It comes black, in a cup)
PREMIUM BOTTLED & CANNED SOFT DRINKS
Abita Root Beer or Boylan’s Grape Soda (12 oz. bottles), Doc Brown’s Cream Soda or Gosling’s Ginger Beer (12 oz. cans), Fiji Artesian Water (16.9 oz. bottle), Whynatte Latte Coffee Energy Drink (8 oz. can) or Red Bull Energy Drink (8.4 oz. can)
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TAKE OUT ORDERS
The Vortex is a neighborhood bar. It is not really a “take-out” restaurant, so our “dine-in” guests will always be our first priority. That’s why we may suspend take-out orders during our peak business periods. Sorry, but when we’re really busy in-house, that’s just the way it has to be. Don’t cry. Don’t throw a fit. That won’t change anything, and it’s just going to make you look like a spoiled little whiner.
A 5% packaging fee is added to all take-out orders. An additional 10% is added to orders of 15 or more items. If your order is much bigger than that, you should really consider contacting a caterer.
Large take-out orders should be arranged and approved ahead of time. We want to help you out. Really, we do. But trying to order take-out for the 50 people on your film crew, with a cold-call at 8:00 on a Friday night, just isn’t going to happen.
WHEN THE PHONE KEEPS RINGING
If we can’t even answer the phone, that’s a pretty good indication that we’re too busy to accept any Take-Out orders at the moment.
ORDERING AT NIGHT
After 8:00 pm nightly, take-out orders can only be placed in-person, at the bar.
MENU CONTENT DISCLAIMER
All complimentary menus, or menu information, furnished by The Vortex through any medium has been provided solely as a courtesy to our patrons. This information is not an advertisement of products offered, nor a contract of any kind. While we do our best to keep our company reference material up-to-date, please be aware that all information contained within our menus, and on our website, including, but not limited to, individual menu items, descriptions, prices and company policies, are subject to change without notice.