What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Vertigo Burgers and Fries

Vertigo Burgers & Fries (Tallahassee, FL) Review

By William Kristoph

Before Vertigo Burgers & Fries opened I decided that I would give them until October to get the kinks worked out before I stopped in and tried it. Other members of the #TFBA and Urbanspooners didn’t wait and Vertigo paid the price on their Urbanspoon page for some opening day jitters. I can safely say that my experience at Vertigo Burgers & Fries was void of those kinks. But, did I like it? Read on.

I decided to order a Straight Up Burger, so that I could eliminate any weird cheeses or ingredients when considering my feelings about a burger from Vertigo. I ordered, paid and had my food in about ten minutes. The staff was friendly and there was plenty of room to sit down at 11am when I headed over for an early lunch. Vertigo was pleasant enough to hang out in for 20 minutes while I ate.

The Straight Up Burger with French Fries

The Straight Up Cheeseburger at Vertigo Burgers and Fries
Vertigo Burgers and Fries (Tallahassee, FL) – The Straight Up cheeseburger.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto.

Regarding the Straight Up and fries, I’ll start with the positives. The burger was cooked to my order (well done), and the toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickle and red onion) were crispy and cold. It was definitely not the worst burger I’ve ever had.

It also was far from the best. My biggest (and maybe only) pet peeve about a cheeseburger is when someone just slaps on the American cheese and serves the burger without melting it first. Vertigo, for some reason, chooses to serve it this way which turned me off a bit. They also structure the burger oddly with the “toppings” on the bottom. I don’t generally have an issue with that, but for some reason they served the patty on top of a slice of tomato which meant the patty and top bun slid off onto the paper they served it to me.

Those issues aside, I took a bite and it was a perfectly fine hamburger. The bun was chewy and light and the highlight of the burger for me. The problem, though, is that I still had half of this beautiful bun to go when the patty ran out. I was still hungry when I finished eating.

Vertigo Burgers and Fries Bun
I was left with a bun and toppings halfway through my burger thanks to a small hamburger patty.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto.

As for the french fries, they weren’t greasy or overly seasoned, but they’re just a sideshow to the main dish and nothing spectacular, even though they are hand-cut.

French Fries at Vertigo Burgers and Fries
The French Fries at Vertigo Burgers and Fries
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto.


Vertigo has a fun restaurant, a great location and the food was far from the worst I’ve had. However, Vertigo’s hamburgers are very small for the price in my opinion, leaving toppings and bun to finish up without any meat. The fries are okay too, but nothing wowed me about them. Ultimately, I rated Vertigo Burgers and Fries “I didn’t like it” on Urbanspoon, but not because anything was particularly bad. I just feel like there are plenty of other local burger places where I’d rather eat.

Vertigo Burgers & Fries on Urbanspoon


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