Hopdoddy Burger Bar – The Place For America’s Best Burgers
There are all sorts of burger joints around America. Some are amazing, some of them not so good and others over priced for what you receive in a burger. Then there are those fancy burger places that overcharge for their beef burgers.
I just visited on of the amazing ones!
Finally there’s a Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Playa Vista, a restaurant that is stylish, has reasonable prices for their burgers and treats their customers with smiling faces. I recently met Ben Del Castillo, a very congenial guy with the famous Texas hospitality built into his soul. Ben was asked to “go west young man,” to open three of the restaurants, located in El Segundo, Fashion Island and Playa Vista.
What is interesting about this chain of restaurants is their motto of grinding their own meat in house, where patrons can view the action and the fact that they use all natural beef with no hormone growth, and no antibiotics.
Hopdoddy serves 12 different burgers and natural salads and fries. In fact they also squeeze their own juices each morning.
You might ask, what kind of burgers would this food critic recommend?
First and foremost, a regular burger is only $7.50 and the most expensive burger is $11.25, for their Ahi Tuna Burger. What appears to be the most popular burgers are the Greek Lamb, Buffalo Bill, Prime Time and the La Bandita.
The Greek Lamb is prepared with feta cheese, arugula, pickled red onions, tomato, cucumber and Tzatziki sauce. This is an excellent choice for lamb lovers. The Buffalo burger is very tasty, without that gamey taste. It is prepared with apple smoked bacon, blue jack cheese and topped with Frank’s Hot Sauce. The Prime Time, which is Texas Akaushi beef, is prepared with brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions and topped with Truffle aioli steak sauce.
For vegetarians, the La Bandita, a bean and corn patty, is loaded with avocado, arugula, goat cheese, cilantro, pesto with chipolata mayo on a whole wheat bun. For salad lovers, we recommend spinach arugula, with beats Texas goat cheese, toasted pecans sugar snap peas, gala apples, which is topped with sherry cane vinaigrette. The quality of all three burgers is superior in every sense of the word compared to other burgers I’ve tasted.
Now for the salads! My favorite is the Baby Kale salad, prepared with baby kale leaves with arugula, feta cheese, roasted butternut squash, roasted corn, spiced pepitas, dates, red onions, mixed in a pomegranate vinaigrette. With all those burgers and organic salads with plenty of fresh squeezed orange juice, there was just one more tasting and that was the homemade milk shake.
All the ice cream is prepared in house in flavors of Vanilla Bean, Oreo cookie, Tres Lesbes, Caramel and Sea Salt and Red Velvet Cake. Regardless of whether you prefer a non gluten bun, whole wheat bun or the classic egg bun, they are made from scratch daily. Last but not least however, is the Ginger Lemonade and the awesome Truffle fries made from Kennebec potatoes.
The potatoes are softer inside and crunchy on the outside, that adds to the enjoyment of good fries.
Hours of operation for Hopdoddy are Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 10 pm and Friday and Saturdays 11 am – 11 pm. Call for your catered event at (310) 410-2337.
Celebrity Scene News awards 5 stars to Hopdoddy Burger Bars for design of the restaurants, the organic salads and natural meats.