I’ve never been carded before eating a burger, but that changed when I visited the midtown Vortex on a rainy Saturday night. While I can’t say that their famous burgers are so good that anyone under 18 isn’t ready for them, the kitchen does a great job searing the patties. In the end, Vortex is the kind of place I would visit if I were nearby and craving a burger, and for what the Vortex is trying to be, I’d say that they’re hitting pretty close to the mark.
Saturday I ordered the pesto burger. Yes I realize I didn’t order the burger named after the very place, but I figured that if this place can indeed cook a mean burger, I would taste it in the patty (how its seared) and not in the toppings. Well, I did taste the searing and it was impressive considering few places seem to know how to work the grill. Sides of french fries and onion rings were tasty. No qualms there.
However, I do not think that the burgers at Vortex are deserving of the national attention they enjoy. The searing on the meat is better than most, but I myself have encountered and cooked better. Nevertheless, the Vortex, especially for urbanites, is a hard place to dislike. The decor has plenty of personality, and the Coyote-Ugly atmosphere is anything but boring.