Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blurry Vortex Burgers

This past weekend we continued our Atlanta burger journey at the Vortex in Little Five Points.  The Vortex touts itself as a "biker-burger bar" that takes a hard-line with customers (see "rules" on the website) and considers itself an "idiot-free" zone.  They also make you wait at least an hour if not more for a burger, which may be part of the hype.  Their burgers are known for their hugeness and over-the-top aspects.  The menu includes the "Coronary Bypass Burger" which consists of a 1/2 lb patty, a fried egg, 3 slices of American cheese, 4 slices of bacon, and plenty of mayo.  Thankfully, no one ordered that (though some members of our party were tempted). 

 We started the meal with piping-hot fried dill pickles served with jalapeno ranch.  Yum.

 I ordered the bison bacon-cheeseburger with fries.  The fries were terrible!  Apparently they normally do a crinkle-cut but had run out by the time they got to me.  They arrived cold and bland :(  After the first few I ignored them, but I did polish off that burger.
 Our friend Cayenne ordered the pesto burger with fried zucchini slices (not as exciting as the fried pickles but definitely one of the best sides we ordered).

 Alex ordered the bison Texas burger, which arrived between two slices of Texas toast and was topped with fried onion rings and bbq sauce.  It was the surprising hit of the night, and the tater tots were the best side of the table.
I think our friend Adam ordered the mushroom swiss with bacon, with a side of potato salad that he definitely regretted ordering. 
I forget what Carl ordered, but he finished it so it must have been good!

All in all, the sides were a waste of stomach space but the burgers went down easy.

Leaving, we may have felt like this...
... in the way one normally feels after consuming insane quantities of meat.  

Farm Burger is still champion in our minds, but the Vortex was a fun visit. 

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