In honour of the Gnarly Head burger contest I will DEFINITELY be winning in a few days, let me share the finest burger joint in all the south: Vortex in the Five Points area of Atlanta.
The atmosphere of the place is pretty cool; essentially it’s popular enough that they can do whatever they want, from the Skeletor entrance to the biker bar motif to the very explicit rules written out on the front page of the menu for the customers to follow or face being thrown out in shame. It’s almost like an H.A. bar run by the Soup Nazi.
There is a pretty amazing selection of burgers, including this ludicrous page. I can’t fathom who could possibly eat the Triple Coronary, but if there’s any part of the world it’s actually plausible, it’s right here in the dirty South.
Mike had the Elvis burger, topped with peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas, along with sweet potato fries and a hot marshmallow dip. Very tasty, but it could have used a sharp cheese to cut through all the sweetness.
I had the Blue Shroom burger, topped with a thick layer of savoury homemade blue cheese sauce, bacon and sauteed mushrooms. On a recommendation from the drummer of The Chariot, an amazing local spazzy noisepunk band, I had the tater tots on the side with their famous cheese fondue, and the whole thing was a decadent, fatty celebration of American excess.
Yup, that’s a winner.