Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Vortex Bar and Grill - Moreland Ave - Little Five Points - Atlanta Georgia

You can find this location of The Vortex Bar & Grill at 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 near the intersection of Moreland and McLendon and to one side of the parking lot to Junkman's Daughter and Little 5 Points Liquors. Wax N Fax is right to the left as the building narrows to the historical location of "The Point" but the restaurant is nearly impossible to miss due to the giant Skull entry. Parking is to any of the surrounding lots and yes, you'll probably have to pay an attendant, especially on the weekends and evenings.

As many of you who have read my blog and reviews previously, I waxed quite poetic about the Midtown location of the Vortex - it's a bar and dive in the classic sense, only adults please. I'm not sure which location I like better as both the L5P and Midtown locations have different things to offer. Let's just say that I like them equally as well - they both are worth visiting and offer different-but-similar experiences. One thing to really like though, is the food.

On this occasion we decided to drop in as we were in the neighborhood - it was getting late and we both wanted something more pub-ish so of course the bright white skully beckoned! On this weekday night the bar was about 1/3 full - it was getting late and you know how it is - it starts getting difficult to find someplace that's still serving food. Fortunately The Vortex is a perfect solution for the hangry problem. As you walk into the skull's mouth you'll find an incredibly eclectic roadside kitschy interior with all manner of vintage artifact and advertising relic hanging in quantity from the walls and ceiling, making you (or at least me) feel right at home.

We were quickly seated and I choose a pretty awesome Terrapin Wake 'n Bake Oatmeal Stout. If you haven't seen the food menu it's full of unusual but very filling combinations that are all designed to stuff you and keep you drinking. I wanted a burger but had to be dissuaded from ordering the Coronary Bypass, which is a fantastic concoction that uses bacon grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns, and with a fried egg to make things interesting. Instead we decided to split an order of their fantastic buffalo wings and continue on with a Hell's Fury - Pepper Jack Cheese, Atomic Death Sauce, habenero relish and a roasted jalapeno. In a word, delish!

Service was unusually good and atypical - you usually get a lot more attitude than what I saw this evening - it's all part of the appeal - it was both disappointing and refreshing. Good times and delicious food and drink were had by all.

-- John 

Vortex Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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