I came here for the hamburger during my current quest for the best burger in Atlanta. Over time, I'll include reviews all over Georgia since I travel extensively.
OK, first things first, and this is important. C.S. Lewis once wrote "....but, of course, nothing can be better than the best of its own kind". Meaning, a top quality wine cannot be better than a perfectly baked loaf of bread - Better is the wrong word, because you're not comparing the same thing.
The Vortex burger I had - the Blue Shroom - was excellent. But, I cannot compare it to the one I recently had at Fred's Meat and Bread - here's why.
Comparing the Vortex to Fred's Meat and Bread, and The General Muir, is not fair to any of them. They offer different things, in the same way that you can't compare a Wagyu Medallion by Thomas Keller to a superb prime cowboy steak at Bones. Yes, they're both excellent steaks, but they're not comparable. But yet, they are both over-the-top good.
Now, of its kind, the Vortex serves the best burger I've ever had, anywhere. The burger is said to be made of sirloin - I ordered mine medium, and it was cooked perfectly. The burger is a solid foundation to the toppings. And I suspect the toppings, presentation, and the atmosphere are what elevate a solid burger to being really great.
I read something on Tripadvisor about rude staff, but I suspect that if you bring your good manners you'll find them to be extremely nice as I did today.
Only one thing disappointed me, and I'm telling it because the waitress said some people have come a long way to have the burger with sweet potato fries or the "magical" sweet potato tater tots served with honey.
I asked for the sweet potato tater tots with honey, and the waitress apologized and said they do not serve them, or the sweet potato fries, anymore. She said she doesn't know why they were discontinued because they were very, very popular. Who knows?
So, I ordered the plain tater tots since the waitress recommended them. She said they were great and that they are a lot better than the fries. She said the fries are just "OK".
Again the burger was great, but the tater tots? Ok, here we go, I think I know the recipe:
Purchase top quality frozen tater tots along with top quality oil, and cook per the directions on the bag until just right. Well, there you go. I really liked them, but then, I really like tater tots. I have nothing bad to say about them except that they are unremarkable.
I will be back here, a few times, because I can't wait to try some of the other burgers (toppings) listed on the menu.
I hope they work on the fries and tater tots - that would be SO easy to do. I make authentic pommes frites at home like I had in Belgium - I even bough a commercial potato cutter - it's really easy to do, and it would really elevate the experience here, especially with some creative mayo based dippy sauces.
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