Yes, Hopdoddy is that place that always has a line outside. This Austin-born burger + beer joint has it all.
My favorite thing about Hopdoddy is the variety of burgers (and “burgers”) they offer – beef, chicken, hot chicken, ahi tuna, vegetarian (but looks like meat), bean-based, spicy, loaded with mushrooms… it goes on and on! If you’re a carnivore looking for a real burger burger, I suggest the “Prime Time.” It’s made with American grass-fed Kobe beef. In my opinion, the caramelized onions MAKE the burger.
Want some spice? The Goodnight / Good Cause burger is loaded with jalapeños. Through their Goodnight / Good Cause burger program, $1 of every Goodnight burger purchased goes to an amazing community organization. For example, some of the organizations that have benefited from the Texas Hopdoddys are Lone Star Paralysis, MS Society Texas Chapter, Silver & Black Give Back, and more. Pro tip – You can make the Goodnight a GoodMORNING by adding a fried egg and bacon. Boom.
Pescaterian? Or just looking for a lighter option? The ahi tuna is super delicious. I’ll be honest – I would have never ordered this on my own, but I am so glad I tried it. It’s not overly fishy! It’s just very light and cool tasting. I loved it.
Then there’s the Impossible Burger. This burger is made from plants: wheat, potatoes, fat from coconuts, and flavor from a natural molecule called heme. Heme comes from a plant and it’s what makes the Impossible Burger look, sizzle, and ‘bleed,’ like a real burger. According to ImpossibleFoods.com, “compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions.” Check out their website if you’re interested in learning more about the Impossible Burger or more about what Impossible Foods is doing.
Let’s talk about the taste. It tastes good! But in my opinion, it doesn’t taste like meat and that created a very bizarre sensation. My brain looked at the patty and saw meat. My taste buds expected a meat taste. The Impossible Burger does not taste like meat (to me) and my brain was so confused! A pretty dang good substitute for non-meat eaters though.
Let’s talk about what time to go (it gets crowded). Hopdoddy has a pretty wonderful Happy Hour. Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 pm, you can get $5 featured craft drafts, wine, featured burger (a $5 burger!) and fries. Trust me, you’re going to want to get their fancy truffle fries and you’re going to want their green chile queso AND their chili con queso. The earlier time really helps with the crowds.
Thank you so much Bread and Butter PR and Hopdoddy for hosting the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. Everything was super delicious, your staff was friendly and attentive, and we were very well taken care of!