If you're looking for a casual dining experience with excellent beer selection, good portions, pretty good service and eclectic mix of people then Vortex is for you. Be forewarned however not to go during typical lunch and dinner hours as the wait can be a bit of a headache.They have a fantastic beer selection with an avg price for bottled beer about $4 and draft about $6. Their appetizers are fried to pefection and will run about $7 depending on what you get. The real star of the menu has to be their burgers. They have a fantastic combination of toppings on their burgers from extreme creativity (Elvis burger: fried bananas, Peanut Butter) to extreme gluttony (Double Coronary: fried egg and buns replaced with grilled cheese sandwiches) but every burger they serve is delicious and priced just right around $8.50 depending on what you order. On my recent venture to vortex I had their Cuban sandwich and I must say being raised in Mia, this comes close to what you're gonna get down there. So if you're looking for a casual dining experience come early or late to miss the crowds and be sure to bring an appetite and an open mind.
Posted: 2/09/2010 • Link to this review
Location is in the heart of little five points, so it's a little out of the way for people who are working downtown to go for a 1 hour lunch. But it's a good place to go for a casual lunch/dinner. The skull exterior is what makes this place a landmark spot to eat at. Great burgers, good drinks. The Yokohama is great.
Posted: 8/14/2008 • Link to this review
I've lived in Atlanta for over 25 years and I've always heard how Vortex has the best burgers.....I've eaten at this one which is our neighborhood location and at the one in Midtown over the years probably about 10-15 times and not once has it ever been the best burger I've ever had. Five Guys is much better, and thank goodness, since the Little 5 location doesn't allow anyone under 18 anymore. Really, you can't be non-smoking until 9pm? So ridiculous.
Posted: 8/13/2008 • Last edited: 12/10/2008 • Link to this review
I just took a friend from NYC to the Vortex, and she loved it! It's a great place to really show off the cool/eclectic vibe that Atlanta has, not to mention get great food at great prices.
Posted: 6/17/2008 • Last edited: 8/30/2008 • Link to this review
Vortex in Little 5 was the first place I ever ate in Atlanta when I was moving there from San Francisco. I loved it! Did not expect to find a place like that in ATL. Fun, rock n roll, edgy, hip, etc. The burgers are great. I think my fav is called the black n blue.
Posted: 5/05/2008 • Link to this review
Nestled in the Virginia Highlands area, Vortex is the perfect place when you've had a long night of partying and want to continue that party...with some food. Reasonably priced and in a great bar area. The staff can get a bit testy sometimes, but look at who they're dealing with!
Posted: 4/09/2008 • Link to this review
I have never really gone here to drink. I go for the food and it is excellent every time. There is a fantastic selection of different menu items so you don't end up getting the same thing twice.
Nice big burgers... any way you want them. They really are good here. Another plus is that they server tater-tots! Service can be inconsistent at times, but who cares? Your burger will be great!
The Vortex is an Atlanta institution. There isnt much I can say about it that hasn't been said. Some of the best burgers in town. The atmosphere is probably best described as funky/dive. Smoking is allowed in the small restaurant, so if you are accustomed to a non-smoking restaurant - be prepared.. you will smell it. But don't let that deter you. The burgers and sides are fresh and fantastic. Today I had a Tex Melt.. huge 1/2lb. burger with tons of cheddar, bbq sauce, and fried jalepenos on texas toast. Fantastic. My wife had the Yokohama Mama (teriyaki marinade with a pineapple slice). We had tots and fried zuchini respectively. Overall, a great meal and a great value. The Vortex never disappoints.