THE GODFATHER OF ATLANTA’S BURGER JOINTS
We grill up the best damn burgers in Atlanta, offer a huge selection of beer & spirits, and serve ridiculously indulgent bar food. This is exactly the kind of place your momma warned you about. It’s good to be bad. We’re here to help.
CLICK HERE to view or print The Vortex Food Menu.
(actual size: 8-1/2″ X 14″)
CLICK HERE for valuable information about take-out orders. The most important things you need to know are; 1) Our “dine-in” guests are always our first priority, so we may suspend take-out orders during peak periods, and; 2) Always double-check your order before leaving, because we will NOT be responsible for ANY errors or missing items after you leave our premises. Ever. So suck it up.
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. They’re ridicu-licious! We’ll even build these Nachos on top of tater tots instead of chips, or add a side of guacamole for an additional up-charge. We’ll add sliced jalapeños for FREE. And HALF Orders of Nachos are also available.
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. You can add a side of Fries or Tots for an additional up-charge. (PLEASE NOTE: Atomic Death Sauce is really HOT. There are no returns for crybabies.)
What can you dip in our Cheesy-Cheese Goo? Anything you want, but we recommend this stuff:
- Fresh Tortilla Chips and a cup of Goo.
- Fries or Tots and a cup of Goo.
Take your pick and fill your mouth with goo.
MEXICAN CHICKEN ROLL
We toss strips of seasoned grilled chicken, onion and cilantro in our Cheesy-Cheese Goo, then stuff the mixture into a flour tortilla and deep-fry it. Sliced into four pieces, you choose Jalapeño Ranch, or more Cheesy-Cheese Goo to dip them in. ¡Sabroso!
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 like having an entire barbecue meal in your mouth, all at the same time. You’re welcome.
DIXIE WRECKED TATERS™
A big ol’ plate of Fries (or Tots) topped with our homemade white sausage gravy, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. We wrecked the Canadians “poutine” by turning it into a big plate of kick-ass! Stuff this damn tasty could only come from Dixie. And HALF Orders of Dixie Wrecked Taters are also available.
CHEESE BALL O’ GLORY™
Balls of cheddar cheese curds and jalapeño bits, battered and deep-fried. Served with a side of our red salsa or jalapeño ranch for dipping. These are the tastiest balls you ever put in your mouth. So just bite our cheesy balls.
FRIED PICKLE SPEARS
Crispy, crunchy dill pickle spears (not slices), battered, bread-crumbed and fried to perfection. Served with a side of spicy Jalapeño Ranch dressing for dipping. Just like your sweet old Mee Maw used to make. Bless her heart.
CUPS FULL O’ LOVE
We make our chili and soup from scratch every morning. Our chili is topped with shredded jack & cheddar cheese and diced red onions, served with homemade cornbread, and our soup comes with Ritz® crackers. They are both available by the cup or the bowl.
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.
TASTY TURKEY CHILI
Made with ground turkey, fire roasted tomatoes, green chilis, jalapeños, black beans, onion and cilantro, all cooked in a seasoned cream stock. Slightly smoky, with a little bit of spice. Damn good stuff.
KILLER TOMATO SOUP
This is exactly how your Mom would make your tomato soup if she loved you half as much as we do. Technically, it’s a bisque, because it’s made with cream. It’s smooth, savory and so damned delicious.
SALAD – SURE, WHY NOT?
Don’t let your friends mock you for ordering a salad at Atlanta’s most famous burger joint. It’s a very nice salad.
THE VORTEX HOUSE SALAD
Mixed greens, chopped tomatoes, diced onion, shredded jack & cheddar cheese, topped with croutons and bacon bits. Available in FULL or HALF options. Choose your dressing, and add any additional toppings, from the lists below.
- Blue Cheese
- Bacon Chive Ranch
- Thousand Island
- Jalapeño Ranch
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Oil & Vinegar
Extra toppings come at an extra cost.
- Chargrilled Chicken Breast
- Battered, Deep-Fried Chicken Breast
- Griddled Veggie Patty
- Chargrilled Ground Turkey Patty
- Shredded, Barbecued Pulled-Pork
- Chargrilled Ground Sirloin
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 Side Salad, a side portion of Onion Rings, a side portion of Fried Zucchini, or a side portion of Funnel Cake Fries.
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. It’s so damn good you’ll wanna slap yo’ mama.
Corned beef, Swiss cheese, caraway sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, all griddled together on our swirl rye bread. It’s best Reuben in Atlanta.
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.
Two fried eggs topped with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sweet red onion, served on grilled Texas toast. Add a whole bunch of mayonnaise. It makes it perfect.
GRILLED CHEESY MOFO
This is a pretty damned awesome grilled cheese sandwich. It’s made with pepperjack, provolone and cheddar cheese, topped with bacon and served on parmesan griddled sourdough bread.
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. It tastes like a Buffalo wing sandwich.
CUBANO DE LIBERTAD
*A fresh baked roll filled with slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, sliced pickles, and spicy mustard, grilled nice and flat to perfection. If you don’t know what a Cuban sandwich is, don’t order this. (*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!
Sure, the Original Vortex Burger is great, but why not live a little and try one of these unique variations. Burgers noted with “(L.T.O.P)” are also topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and dill Pickle slices.
Topped with grilled ham, pineapple salsa, bacon and jack cheese. (L.T.O.P.)
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. (L.T.O.P.)
Topped with jack cheese and a big glob of our freshly made guacamole. So simple, so pure – this is surely burger divinity. (L.T.O.P.)
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. (L.T.O.P.)
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. (L.T.O.P.)
A sirloin patty served on Texas toast, topped with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, two eggs over-easy, barbecue sauce, and a steak knife stabbed right through its soulless zombie face.
Pepper jack cheese, Atomic Death Sauce, habanero relish, and a roasted jalapeño all make this burger hotter than hell. Definitely not for sensitive souls. (L.T.O.P.)
Topped with our delicious, mind-expanding blue cheese spread, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon. It’s so tasty you might actually see God. (L.T.O.P.)
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. (L.T.O.P.)
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. (L.T.O.P.)
A blackened patty topped with horseradish sauce, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and jack cheese. A divine revelation of zesty flavor. (L.T.O.P.)
Topped with grilled ham, jack cheese and spciy honey barbecue sauce. (L.T.O.P.)
Topped with guacamole, chipotle cream cheese, Sriracha glaze and Sriracha sauce, on Texas toast.
OLD SCHOOL DINER BURGERS
No need to specify a cooking temperature for these burgers, because we take two 100% pure sirloin beef patties and squish them flat on our griddle, and cook ‘em until they’re done. And done is done, folks.
Two griddled sirloin patties, topped with white American cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and slathered with our homemade Vortex diner relish, and wrapped in wax paper.
DOUBLE DECKER MELT
Two griddled sirloin patties served between three slices of griddled white bread, topped with American cheese, bacon, tomato, pickle and our homemade secret burger sauce.
CORONARY BYPASS BURGERS
All Coronary Bypass Burgers come with a side of french fries and tater tots covered in Cheesy-Cheese Goo. They are served “AS-IS” ONLY. For more detailed descriptions, see the illustrations in the hallway.
We use 2 bacon grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns. Total ingredients include: 4 slices of white bread, 8-oz. of ground sirloin, 10 slices of American cheese, one fried egg, 9 strips of bacon and 4-oz. of mayonnaise. Served with 10-oz. of spuds topped with 6-oz. of Cheesy-Cheese Goo, sprinkled with bacon bits. Estimated Calories (w/side): 3,707
***The burgers listed below have LIMITED AVAILABILITY: MONDAY – FRIDAY, from 2:00pm ‘til 5:00pm These Super-Stacks are super special, so they’re also not available on weekends, Holidays or for Take-Out.***
DOUBLE CORONARY BYPASS™
We use 2 griddled, diner-style patty melts as the buns. Total ingredients: 4 slices of Texas toast, 16-oz. of ground sirloin, 12 slices of American cheese, two fried eggs, 12 strips of bacon and 4-oz. of mayo. Served with 10-oz. of spuds topped with 6-oz. of Cheesy-Cheese Goo, sprinkled with bacon bits. Estimated Calories (w/side): 4,541
TRIPLE CORONARY BYPASS™
We use 2 diner-style patty melts, and a bacon grilled cheese sandwich as buns. Ingredients:
4 slices of Texas toast, 2 slices of white bread, 24-oz. of sirloin, 18 slices of American cheese, three fried eggs, 18 strips of bacon and 8-oz. of mayo. Served with 20-oz. of spuds topped with 16-oz. of Cheesy-Cheese Goo, and bacon bits. Estimated Calories (w/side): 7,160
QUADRUPLE CORONARY BYPASS™
We use 4 griddled, diner-style patty melts, as the buns. Total ingredients: 8 slices of Texas toast, 32-oz. of ground sirloin, 28 slices of American cheese, four fried eggs, 27 strips of bacon and 12-oz. of mayo. Served with 20-oz. of spuds topped with 16-oz. of Cheesy-Cheese Goo, sprinkled with bacon bits. Estimated Calories (w/side): 9,606 **THIS BURGER IS AVAILABLE AS AN “EATING CHALLENGE.” ASK YOUR SERVER FOR DETAILS.***
Want more options? You can SUBSTITUTE the 100 % sirloin 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
- GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST
- VEGGIE BURGER PATTY
- FRIED CHICKEN BREAST
VORTEX SPECIALTY DESSERTS
If you finish your meal and still don’t feel like a bloated sack of protoplasm, you obviously need dessert.
FUNNEL CAKE FRIES
It’s a funnel cake in french fry form. Perfect for sharing. They’re dusted with powdered sugar and served with very-berry sauce for dipping.
Creamy cheesecake rolled up in a pastry shell and deep fried, served with raspberry jam, sugar glaze, cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Sweet!
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. (It’s hot. It’s caffeinated. It comes black, in a cup. Want more than that? Starbucks® is just down the street.)
PREMIUM BOTTLED & CANNED SOFT DRINKS
Jarritos Grapefruit Soda (12.5 oz. bottle)
Add a shot of Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila to the bottle for an additional fee -Tastes like a Paloma
Jarritos Strawberry Soda (12.5 oz. bottle)
Add a shot of Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka to the bottle for an additional fee -Tastes like Strawberry Shortcake
Abita Root Beer(12 oz. bottle)
Add a shot of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka to the bottle for an additional fee -Tastes like a Root Beer Float
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
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.