Went to the downtown one to see comedy. Food is just as good as L5P. Busy but we sat at the bar and had great service. We're a mixed race couple and didn't have any of the 'racist' treatment another reviewer claimed; everyone was very sweet. Try the hard cider on tap - stellar! Love the vegetarian chili; my guy had a burger which was fab too. Had a great time at the Skull Lounge too, really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere. Going again this week ( :
Everyone says this place has the best burgers in Atlanta. They were good but I didn't think they were exceptional. No one warned me about the atmosphere before I went. It's very very loud and biker-ish. Like the menu says - they are not politically correct. Not my kind of scene.
They have so many choices of sandwiches is almost boggles the mind. And you can get any of their signature burgers with a vegetarian patty instead of meat, or even turkey instead of beef if you prefer. Their sides are great too, and they've got the biggest and best wings I've ever had. Great liquor selection too. Prices are very good for such a great burger joint. Love it.
I love it cause right there on the menu it tells you where you can stick it if you don't like the food. ;) It's a fun place to go. I'd say the food is about average or actually maybe just slightly above average for bar food, (although I didn't have a hamburger, maybe they're amazing) I just like that I could walk to it from my place, the energy was good, the staff is laid back and nice, and the food doesn't take hours to get. They seem to have a decent bar selection too. There's also the Little 5 pts. location, but I never actually ate at that one to my knowledge. A great spot afterwork, or for starters on a friday night.
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I just called to place a to go order because I have a broken hand and live a block away. The guy that answered they phone snapped at me and said he wouldn't take a to go order because he was too busy -- and the hung up the phone on me. I will never EVER patronize this establishment. If you want a good burger, go to Houston's!!!
I have always loved burgers. I liked the succulent taste of burgers in this restaurant. They offer different variations which I love. My visit to this restaurant really made my day.
Do not buy the hype and gimmick - Vortex is TERRIBLE! The food is sub-standard bar food at best. Their burgers are one step above McDonalds and their fries are equivalent to microwavable fries (McDonalds fries are actually better). In short, the burger and fries were not fresh and had no flavor. To make matters worse, the service is HORRIBLE! The hostess (or one of) is rude, condescending, and in my experience, racist! When I complained to the manager, he told me I was being ridiculous. I would never go back to Vortex again! When visiting Atlanta, I highly recommend you avoid this trashy and smoke filled place. There are a lot of other restaurants in the area worthy of your business. Also, if you are going with a GROUP, this is definetly NOT the place for you - they will not seat you unless everyone in your party is present. They refuse to allow you to change your party size once you've given it to them, so you're definitely out of luck if someone decides not to show up. They will not seat you! As ridiculous as it might appear, this is apparently their policy! Dining at Vortex is THE WORST dining experience I have ever had! I'm giving it a one star, but only because I can't give it a ZERO STAR.
Cons: Food, Service/Employees, Atmosphere, Bad for groups
Featured on the Food Network as Top 100 Places to Dine in America, the Vortex has a naughty atmosphere with some mouth watering greasy cheeseburgers. What more could every man ask for? With multiple locations across Atlanta, The Vortex's menu is unlike any other in the city. Countless choices of burgers, sandwiches, and more. They even have a burger that is smashed between 2 grilled cheeses and has 8 pieces of bacon pushed in between two giant patties. If you are coming to Atlanta with a group of guys, this is the place to go for dinner. Tattoed waitresses that are not there to mushy up to you take your order and keep it real. This place is ALWAYS 18 and up and is definitely not the place to take the kiddies!
All I have heard is Vortex, Vortex for best hamburgers in Atlanta. When I hear that I always take it with a grain of salt considering who is heaping on the accolades. I was pretty disappointed when we ate there yesterday. It was quiet after the lunch rush yet it took at least 10 minutes for waitress to come introduce herself and take our drink order.
We ordered two burgers exactly the same except for I wanted mine medium well, the hubs got his cooked medium. When gent from the kitchen delivered our order, he specifically asked who got the medium and who got the medium well burger. Okay, great I thought (attention to detail) until I got half-way through the burger and thought hey this isn't cooked very evenly since I discovered some major pink in the center of the burger. We then realized our burgers were mixed up but by then the hubs had already scarfed up half of his burger. He thought his burger was nicely seasoned but on the dry side. Even my mistakenly-medium burger wasn't juicy at all. The requisite fries were nothing to write home about.
I have had much better, juicier burgers at Five Guys and at a little hole in the wall in Cleveland, GA called Yonah Burger.
Yes, the Vortex decor is interesting, albeit a tad junky, but that isn't enough to bring me back. Atlanta has so many places to eat that we are going to try some others. Why bother with just mediocre?
Pros: Okay hamburger meat
Cons: Long wait, easy order mixed up
There was quite a wait, so we grabbed a seat at the bar and ate there. The food was excellent, but my alergies can't handle the piles of cigarette smoke. I will go back, but it will probably be on an "Annual Basis" rather than monthly.
Pros: Great Burger and even better Wings
Cons: Smoking Allowed and Encouraged
The Laughing Skull Lounge, gives us something that Atlanta has needed for a very long time. An actual comedy club in town that caters to all audiences. Uptown is fun especially for it's niche audience, but here is a place that brings in comics of every color and stripe - even though they do seem to specialize in alternative comedy.
It was once used for Guitar Hero parties, and the Dames A'flame burlesque, but is now a self-described "progressive comedy lounge" with a cash bar inside the lounge preventing you from leaving.
What is absolutely awesome about the place, is it's intimate nature. other than the few places that have one off comedy nights in the metro area it's impossible to find a better place with closer quarters to nationally touring professional comedians Thursday through Sunday. I've seen Maria Bamford, Rick Overton, Emo Philips, and Donnell Rawlings in a matter of a month and a half. And all for amazingly good prices.
What's even better is that it is directly connected to The Vortex Midtown. The best burgers in Atlanta, the coolest wait staff, an awesome bar, and the best venue for comedy.
I was even more so excited to hear that all shows are 18+ so any of the surrounding college students can come and get a taste of comedy performances from the best in the business, without having to pay high prices to get into one man shows at The Tabernacle.
I suggest the place to anyone and everyone who is a comedy fan. I even heard they are starting an open mic on wednesday for those intown who want to take part in pursuing a funny career.
Pros: Intimate comedy venue at the best burger place in Atlanta
Cons: No food allowed inside, the club.
Great burger joint and NOT the high priced spread. Sort of think Elvis, Lennon, or Che might stop in any time. Service can be a little crude, but this is not Tavern on the Green in Central Park!
I like the decor, but I am retro old guy with grey hair.
Pros: Fun hang out with very good burgers and fries
Cons: The hired help can be a little crude and parking can be a litttle problem
First, I love the Vortex's brash approach to eat-it-or-leave-it cuisine - it's refreshing, entertaining and, for some reason, likable.
Me and some of my lovely lady friends from work decided to go for lunch today (we were all a little hung over from Mama Mia the night before - darling can't you hear me? SOS!) We asked for a seat on the patio - it was an absolutely lovely day and I would assume lots of people would want to sit outside. We were seated but had to wait about 10 minutes before anyone greeted the table. We were there early - 11:15ish - so perhaps they weren't fully staffed for lunch yet, but it still seemed painfully long and this is one of my biggest dining pet peeves.
Once we did order (Kelly P. was feeling spunky, too, so she proceeded to order the most disgusting thing I've ever seen - a burger with bacon, peanut butter and bananas - ICK!), our appetizer came out BEFORE our drinks (which followed about 10 minutes after). It seemed odd to me that drinks were not delivered first but, hey, that's just me. We all proceeded to eat chips and salsa without even a glass of water to wash it down.
Another friend ordered the bison burger, medium-well. "Have you even had bison before?" the waitress snapped rather shortly. I know she was only asking because bison shouldn't be cooked past medium for optimum flavor, but I think she could have been a little nicer about it.
The waitress then proceeded to apologize for being behind, which I appreciated - at least she acknowledged it which gets her points.
So, it started it a little rough but, in the end, it all came down to the burger which was yummy, as always - one of the best in the city. I even ate everyone's tomatoes (wimps!), so if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Vortex - an Atlanta classic that I will continue to patronize despite a few characteristically endearing flaws.
Now, I think I'll go pick a fight with someone in Accounting.
Pros: Food, people-watching
I live 1 block away and continue to visit the vortex during "hours of operation" as posted on their website and they refuse to serve food. I will never go there again.
Everyone is right about the LOUSY service. The staff are all rude idiots. I've run into some elsewhere over the years at a popular local hangout and they are the biggest losers! They think that they are the so cool 'cause they work at the Vortex (that's their claim to fame). RIGHT! You have to be a complete idiot to work there...obviously they can't work anywhere else. Hope the Vortex offers a pension fund for them. The food? It's okay but I can get food that is comparable elsewhere and not have to deal with those moronic losers! I think that all the positive reviews of this place must have been written by the staff!
Pros: food has potential to be good
Cons: you've got to be an idiot to keep a job there
The waiters and management treat you like an animal. The serve you when they feel like it. Don't ask for condiments, they may tell you off. The food and drink was average. I know this place is not known for its great service. But the way they treat you is almost dehumanizing and no paying customer should leave an establishment feeling like this. The waiter and management will threaten to call the cops on you if you didn't leave an 18% required gratuity after being treated like horribly. I will never eat here again.
Pros: Burgers were average.
Cons: They degrade their customers.
What a great buger joint! Great for lunch. We love the smart mouthed menu. The staff are much nicer than the menu implies, and as with all good midtown restaraunts - the staff is great viewing entertainment. Our only regret on this top notch burger place? That you can't share it with the under 18 crowd - who would SO appreciate the sarcastic decor and menu!
Pros: One of a Kind with Burgers to Match!
Cons: No Family Dining - No Minors Allowed (just to keep the smokers happy)
Can pick from several different beers and ways to make my burger.
Very cool atmosphere and the service is at top of things.
Pros: Burgers and Beer
We have been to others, and it is a little trip from Sandy Springs, but we love the burgers and the staff. If I wanted neat and tidy I would go to the local hospital for some water!
I beginning to think all the great reviews of this place is written by the management, staff, and friends of theirs. I just don't get it. The place looks like a kid place from the outside, and a messy toddler room in the inside. So why all the kid bashing . The food is average. The staff is Incredibly rude. As a business owner myself I personally think that know matter how much the food cost, you should receive good service. There is no excuse for bad service!!! Especially in a city where there is fierce competition. I could care less if kids are there or not, and don't understand how that is selling point. Everyone under the age of 25 basically acts the same anyways. The burgers are average, the beer selection is average, the staff is unacceptable!!
Pros: Better Than McDonalds
Cons: Just about everything else
This really is, in my opinion the best place to get a burger in all of Atlanta. The staff are funky and really nice and the food is amazing. I really like that you can get any of their burgers with beef, turkey, chicken, bison, veggie, and whatever other kind of meat options they have. It's really nice when I go out to eat with my vegitarian friend for her to have so many options. The best part is it's 18 and up all day so you dont have to worry about yelling kids running around while you eat.
Pros: Great food, No children
Cons: Smoking allowed
Yes, yes, yes, the Vortex is known for its burgers but honestly good burgers aren't that hard to find.
But if you've already tried the burger and fries at the Vortex, try something beer-battered next time, like the onion rings or the fish & chips, or order the fish & chips and substitute onion rings for the fries.
When you bite into the onion rings or fish & chips at the Vortex, your mouth fills with beer-scented steam.
Now I've had beer-battered things before that didn't taste anything of beer but at the Vortex, you can tell there's beer in the batter.
Pros: burgers, onion rings, fish & chips
Cons: loud, not well lit
I have frequented this Vortex location as well as its' sister location in Little Five Points multiple times over the years. The burgers, both beef & veggie, are always great. I have always received great service--prompt and surprisingly friendly. The beer selection is fairly extensive by the bottle (lots of microbrews & funky imports) and they have a decent draft selection (more than just Bud Light).
Parking can be an issue during certain times of the day, but there are almost always places on the side streets. Always check to see if you should seat yourself or you might be standing at the hostess stand forever!
Pros: Tater Tots, Burgers, Service, Beer Selection
Cons: Smoking allowed
Vortex has great burgers acording to my friends, and from someone who doesn't eat red meat vortex has the best turkey burgers I have ever eaten. I know most people wouldn't go to Vortex just to eat a turkey burger or veggie burger but if you're dating someone who doesn't eat red meat or any meat at all, you don't have to rule it out! Also the tater-tots are great. Save some time for finding a parking spot, and don't expect the friendliest service.
Pros: food, bar scene, great hours
Cons: parking, service
We first started eating the burgers at The Vortex, several years ago, when they were still a little hole-in-the wall joint at W. Peachtee & 11th.St. Suzanne Benoit, and her brother from California, brought their own style to Atlanta. It was an instant success. It was my favorite then, and I still like their burgers today at the enlarged Peachtree location. Burgers can be had any way you like. Sometimes, they can be a little overcooked. The beer selection is unreal. And if you drink enought, you just might see that very naughty Suzanne pull up on her bright yellow BMW bike. What a fox!
Pros: Very Good Midtown Burger Joint! Excellent Beer Selection!
Cons: Parking Can Be Tricky, If Driving!
Okay, so maybe some people don't like the Vortex and some people get bad service. Do those people ever think that maybe they've had a bad day or that maybe they were rude themselves?
Anyway, I honestly think the Vortex is a good place to eat. It's not your fine dining restaurant, so you don't need to go there expecting that. It's a casual restaurant where you can relax. I love the food and the service is usually good so I would recommend the Vortex to my friends that are visiting Atlanta and to attendees of Dragon*Con.
At the Vortex, it's all about them, not about the customer. I live right around the block from them in Midtown and have eaten there several times in the past year but each time I leave more and more disappointed. The waiters keep getting more rude everytime and the food is below average at best. This WAS a great place but unfortunately has steadily gone downhill. Don't get SUCKED in to the Vortex.
Pros: The Bar (even though they were out of half of the draught beers on the menu)
Cons: Terrible Service, Below Average Bar Food
From the perspective of someone who has worked in restaurants for several years as a server and bartender, this place is great. Their rules of etiquette are things that anyone who has ever had to serve food to the general public would love plastered on any menu. I had a great experience; good food, and our server did a great job of popping up at the exact right times. This restaurant is meant to be fun and casual. I don't think you should you go there if you don't know how relax a little and not take things so seriously.
I always have a blast when I go to the Vortex (either location). The burgers are great, I prefer the Rajin Cajun myself. When you go in and sit down READ THE RULES OF VORTEX ETTIQUETTE ON THE FRONT OF THE MENU!!! That way you know what to expect. Perhaps if the previous reviewer would have done so, she would have had a better time. It's not a joke, the servers and management enforce those rules. Don't expect happy service with a smile, it ain't gonna happen. That's part of the fun of it. Kinda like D's Last Resort. The servers expect you to respect them and if you do so, they'll respect you. Start making demands and being prissy, and they won't be nice in serving you, but remember if you read the rules, you've been warned. It's a fun bar scene, the atsmoshere is a blast and the food is great for the price. I recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Bar Scene, Great Drinks
Cons: Parking limited
Unfriendly staff (little 5 points) but tolerated for years until last weekend. The waiter came for the drink orders. Some were not ready to order and some were. When one tried to order he cut her off and said "I am not taking separate orders. Ya 'll are not gonna make my job harder!" Then when he comes back he says sarcastically, "Now, is EVERYONE ready to order?" I tried to explain that we did not know we could not place separate drink orders but he cut me off and started yelling at me and stated, "ya'll are not about to have me running back and forth, I will get the manager!" Then the manager comes out and says "well, what do you expect me to do?" Needless to say, I will never go back to that place!
Cons: servers, manager
I had a blast, my co workers and I went for my birthday and I had a great time my waiter sucked but the bartenders made up for it. I would highly recomend everyone go atleast once.
Pros: Bartenders, Food, Great Prices
Vortex is not your fine dining experience. Vortex is not a family restaurant. Maybe its for the younger crowd, mid-late 20s, b/c I never had a problem with it. They have yummy burgers and the fondue w/ tots is the best. Rock on Vortex!
Pros: burgers, tater tots
The hamburgers here at best are average, no more but maybe less. I was dining at the L5P locale in the midst of eating, and apparently my waitress thought I was done because she TOOK my plate as I was eating without asking if I was done. And good luck trying to get her attention. Good night! Absolutely rude rude rude!
Pros: Average food
Cons: Service lousy, Not smoke free
I love their food, great services. It was fast and clean, the place was looking wonderful.
Pros: Good Parking, Awsome Place, Great Pictures
My favorite place in Atlanta to sip a beer and eat a burger. The best burgers, bar food, and beer selection if you like a different kind of place. Multiple options for burgers and the other sandwiches are equally good. I have never had a bad meal out of the 40 or so I have had at the Midtown location. Over 200 beers available in an alternative joint with an attitude. I love this place and if tattoos and ear rings might scare you, don't go.
It's a great place to start off with if headed to a concert, etc.
Pros: best burgers, over 200 beer choices, cool clientel
Ok, I'm going to keep this short and to the point. I finally visited the peachtree street location today after hearing that my quest to find the perfect burger would end here. Well, let me say this. The burgers at the Vortex are at best average. Who ever rated this place high must have spent a few hours at the bar first. The burger barely had any flavor, it was not tender, and the bun could've been tastier. If you really want a good burger, please go to any of the following joints: Fuddruckers, Sonic for the Super Sonic Buger, Hardees for the 1/2 lb angus, and Wendy's for the Classic Triple. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.....
I've been eating at the Vortex for over 10 years, beginning at the one that was tucked into a smoky storefront armpit at the corner of 11th and West Peach. For almost all of that time I have held forth that the Vortex is (or "are", now that L5P has one) the purveyor of the best burger in town. I must now correct myself. While I still think it's a great burger, it has, in my humble estimation, fallen to third (no slouch in that, is there?). Second is the EARL (when they're on; sometimes one gets the product of a surly kitchen and temporarily swars off the EAV dive). First is Ms. Anne's Snack Bar. I can't explain 'em, you just gotta go. Go hungry, and ask for the Ghetto Burger. You too will convert...
Great burger joint with a huge menu of food. For a good laugh, check out the website.
Don't go to the vortex if you are high maintenace, i.e. prissy, since you definitely won't leave happy.
Pros: Great food, Laid back crowd
My wife and I waited an hour to taste a dry grey piece of overpriced soemthing in a bun. After hearing so much about the place we expected something special. The help were all uncaring kids under 25, the atmosphere was as unique as a TGIF and the food was terrible. the now closed Carey's on Cobb Pkwy was still the best. Ann's on Memorial Drive is the current champ.
If you don't like red meat you can substitue chicken of vegie for all of the different burger options. This place is great. I make a special trip to midtown at least one a month to go to grab the best chicken sand in the world, tater tots, and a beer. It a great place to stop before catching a show at the Tabernacle or whatever your next Mid/Downtown destination will be. I like this location better because it has more of an urban feel. I have zero complaints about this place.
Pros: Chicken Sandwich, Tater Tots, Cheap Beer
Cons: Parking, None, None
The burgers kick ass, but you won't get to enjoy them because you'll be wolfing them down to prevent starvation. I've been in there at least a dozen times, and the service has always been exceptionally slow- even by Atlanta's standards. I'm fully aware that it takes a while to cook good food, but c'mon.
Pros: Good food, decent price
Cons: Slow service, Slow service, Slow service
I have actually had WORSE burgers in the city, but these are in the bottom 5. For one, if you're a guy who weighs more than 108lbs, you'll think they served you finger food at some biker-style gala dinner for you and your cultured friends. If you're a lady who is also a model, you'll feel comfortable knowing you don't have to leave lots on your plate and appear anorexic. Where to get a burger that's juicy burger and tastes like somebody gives a rat's azz? 1. Carolyn's on W. Peachtree; 2. Charlie G's at W Peachtree and 11th; 3. Righteous Room on Ponce de Leon (not that big but good); 4. Front Page News on crescent off 12th (for a steak version). Of course, Houston's or Houlihan's are a "can't miss" in my book. Sorry, Vortex, your burger crowing days are LONG GONE!!
Pros: atmosphere, relaxed
Cons: food, food, food
This place kicks a**. Not only is it one of the cheaper places to eat - it is by far the best burger/bar in the midtown area. The servers are just plain cool (don't act like an idiot and the service is incredible, select people above), the atmosphere is intense, and the food is kickin' (try the tater-tots). This is just an all-around great place to go to hang out with a group of friends (wouldn't advise families with little kids though). And honestly - everything here beats the one in Little Five by a quarter mile at least....
You gotta try it...
Pros: Incredible atmosphere, Fun environment, Great food
Cons: parking blows..sorry!
Vortex secret that I almost don't want to share-- cheapest 20yr port selection in town. About the price of a Guinness pint... Yeehaw!
What is special about the food? Consistency. (what Midtown restaurants lack). Even if it is just pretty good it is consistently pretty good. Good for sandwiches, burgers and chili. My new spot for pretty good food and 20yr port!
Pros: Cheap Port, Decent Food, Consistent
Cons: Needs Hooters girls, for servers
Cool venue... lots to look at! The attitude is badass and the food, especially the burgers, is excellent. One of the best places in town to get a burger in fact. I would definitely recommend!
restaurant was empty and my husband & I wanted to sit by window. we sat at a 6-top. waitress came over and said "the reason we have a sign that says seat yourself is because we assume that our patrons have enough intelligence to know not to take up a 6-top! Needless to say, we left.
Pros: pretty good burgers
Cons: nasty attitude, rude servers, dirty ashtray smell