Taste of the month – Burgers!

The Vortex Bar & Grill
878 Peachtree Street (404) 875-1667
438 Moreland Ave. (404) 688-1828

No story about burgers in our city would ever be complete without mentioning the Godfather of all Atlanta burger joints; The Vortex Bar & Grill. They recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a blow-out bash at Red Brick Brewery. This family run restaurant has earned a reputation for serving Atlanta's best burgers along with an excellent beer and liquor selection. In addition to the great food and spirits, the owner's off-beat sense of humor, no-nonsense attitude and large collection of kooky decor have become hallmarks of The Vortex. Recently after opening their Little 5 Points location, a 20-foot high "Laughing Skull" facade was added to the building (pictured), which has since become an Atlanta landmark. The store front has appeared in music videos, commercials, even a video game, not to mention the thousands of snapshots taken by tourists. Vortex burgers are made with a half-pound of 100% choice ground sirloin and are grilled to perfection over an open flame. There are over 20 varieties offered, and you can even create your own version with a unique combination of toppings. In the late 1990's the Coronary Bypass Burger made its debut, and was recently featured on the Food Network's "Man vs. Food." Other popular selections include the Elvis, Spanish Fly and Blue 'Shroom Burgers. The Vortex has been honored with "Best Burger" awards by many publications over the years. It's hard not to wonder if the recent explosion of specialty burger restaurants in our city would have happened if it wasn't for the trailblazing efforts of this locally cherished institution.

Gordon Biersch Brewery
848 Peachtree Street (404) 870-0805
3242 Peachtree Road (404) 264-0253

Gordon Biersch is known for their traditional German Lagers that are brewed fresh in house and feature a clean, crisp taste that compliments their extensive menu. Both Atlanta locations feature an on-site brewery where Gordon Biersch Brewmasters create their award-winning house beers, as well as limited-time brews that compliment all seasons. Each seasonal beer is celebrated with a tapping party that’s open to the public were patrons are encouraged to sample the latest seasonal beer and menu. The burgers at Gordon Biersch go hand in hand with their great brews. All of their burgers are made with 10 oz USDA choice beef pattie a half-pound of premium ground sirloin and grilled to order. Choose from the Gordon Biersch signature Cheeseburger, the Marzen Barbecue Burger served with smoked bacon and barbecue sauce and the Mushroom Swiss Burger with sautéed mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese. The Kobe Cheeseburger is made from 100% Kobe beef, topped with cheddar cheese and grilled to perfection. The menu offerings are constantly being updated with fresh new items, seasonal creations and daily lunch specials. So come in to either of the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants this summer for a hand crafted brew, outstanding burger and great time!

The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Rd.
(404) 522.3950

Located in the heart of the East Atlanta Village, The Earl is the kind of place you can hang out at all day. It is a great combination of restaurant, bar and concert hall. Featuring an amazing bar menu, moderately priced drinks and a music venue in the back, this is a place that can satisfy just about anyone in your group. Their burgers are well known and have received numerous awards including the EARL Burger, made with 100% Black Angus Beef. The Guacamole Burger is known for its “cowalicious goodness” and served with guacamole, salsa and cheddar. The Blue Bacon is topped with grilled mushrooms, bacon and blue cheese. At night anything and everything can be heard on the back stage while the crowd varies with the bands. National acts and the best of the emerging Atlanta music scene grace the Earl nightly to packed crowds. The jukebox in the restaurant has one of the most eclectic group of albums in town. Bar regulars love to wash Earl burgers down with their PBR tall boys. The open front offers cafe’ seating with a great view of the East Atlanta scene. With a casual atmosphere and eclectic mix of patrons, you can’t go wrong with a visit to The Earl.

Ted’s Montana Grill
12 Atlanta Locations
Since 2002, Ted’s Montana Grill has been taking guests back to a simpler time with its early 20th century charm and fresh made-from-scratch meals. Ten years later, with 44 restaurants in 16 states, the Atlanta-based company, co-founded by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner (chairman) and George McKerrow (CEO), continues these traditions and remains committed to authentic food, genuine hospitality and giving back. From traditional comfort food to special signature dishes, Ted’s unique menu, featuring bison as its specialty, includes steaks, meatloaf, pot roast, crab cakes, salt-and-pepper trout, cedar plank salmon and more than a dozen gourmet Certified Angus® beef and bison burgers. A favorite among guests, Ted’s award-winning burgers are ground fresh in-house each day, cooked to order and served with a side of fresh-cut french fries. To celebrate Ted’s 10th anniversary, the restaurants are now offering the new No. 10 Burger, featuring sweet and spicy pickles, lettuce, tomato, a zesty burger sauce and cheese. As part of their anniversary milestone, Ted’s Montana Grill has also pledged to raise $150,000 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry™ to help end childhood hunger in America. Learn more at www.nokidhungry.com. Ted’s continued commitment to local communities and the environment is also evident in its many eco-friendly practices. Learn more at www.facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill or on Twitter, @TedMontanaGrill.

Twin Peaks Restaurant
3365 Piedmont Road
Twin Peaks Restaurant, the rugged mountain lodge known for its ultimate man cave setting and beautiful Twin Peaks Girls, will open its first Atlanta-area restaurant in Buckhead in early July. Founded in 2005 in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville, the national chain now has more than 20 locations across the nation. The new Twin Peaks will bring fans a sports-themed restaurant that’s busting with high-definition televisions, a bold hunting lodge décor and, of course, the outgoing Twin Peaks Girls. Twin Peaks’ scratch-made menu features generous, man-sized portions of classic American favorites like slow roasted Grilled Meatloaf, butter-brushed Flat Iron Steak, hand-prepared Mozzarella Cheese Sticks and fresh Buffalo wings. The most popular item, however, is the Twin Peaks Cheeseburger. These classic burgers are cooked to order and served up on buttery challah-inspired buns with caramelized onions, a choice of five cheeses, and fresh veggies like green leaf lettuce and roma tomatoes. For those looking to get a little more adventurous with their burger, Twin Peaks also offers its special Hangover version, topped with an egg cooked over medium and Texas smoked bacon. The Twin Peaks Girls pour and serve an extensive selection of 29-degree draft beer into huge ice-cold, frosted mugs. The restaurant is now accepting applications for all positions. More information available on Twitter at @TwinPeaksGirl. Twin Peaks Buckhead also has a local Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.con/TwinPeaksBuckhead - ‘like’ it for the latest updates.

Dog Days Hot Dogs
6025 Peachtree Parkway (State 141)
(770) 449-7433

The line often extends out the door at Dog Days Hot Dogs located in the Peachtree Plaza Shopping Center at Peachtree Corners. People line-up to get one of their famous dogs and burgers. They offer 22 classic dogs on their menu including: Chicago Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, OTP Dog and Baked Bean Dog. Also try their Polish Sausage and Italian Beef. Their Burgers are made from scratch and grilled to order. They use prime USDA grade beef on their 8oz burgers. Make sure to try one of their famous sides with your burger or dog. Some popular items on the menu include: Chili Cheese Fries, Nacho Potato Chips, Tomales, Mac n Cheese, Chili (made from scratch daily) and homade desserts. Dog Days is open 7 days a week from 11am until 8pm. They provide plenty of table seating in their two dining rooms. The smaller room is perfect for birthday parties, private events and office meetings and is available for booking.



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