Wandering Outside the Bubble: Hopdoddy burgers, handcrafted to perfection

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Megan O’Brien, Contributing Writer

 

The Llano Poblano: a handcrafted burger with fresh Angus beef, pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, apple-smoked bacon and chipotle mayo. -Photo credit dallas.culturemap.com
The Llano Poblano: a handcrafted burger with fresh Angus beef, pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, apple-smoked bacon and chipotle mayo. -Photo credit dallas.culturemap.com

I discovered Hopdoddy Burger Bar through the Facebook page of senior Claire Eastaway—thank God for Facebook! Within an hour of seeing the post, some friends and I rushed over to Hopdoddy in anticipation of mouthwatering burgers and milkshakes.
When we arrived, people were pouring into the restaurant. We found a spot in line, and a waitress soon handed us menus and took our orders for drinks from the bar. Hopdoddy has an impressive collection of beers on tap.
The menu contains everything from traditional Angus beef burgers to lamb burgers and even a vegetarian black bean-corn patty. Choice of buns includes challah-style, seeded wheat and non-gluten. Hopdoddy also serves organic salads, to which any patty can be added if desired. The milkshakes and fries, though pricey, are necessary sides.
By the time we arrived at the cash register, we had decided on our burgers, and the waitress had already set aside a booth for us.
After ordering, we sought out our reserved table and waited for the food to be brought to us.
Delivered on a silver tray with butcher paper, the Continental Club I ordered arrived within a short time. Surrounded by a whole-wheat bun, this turkey burger was layered with bacon, arugula, mayo and basil pesto. Simple, yet flavorful.
Another unique burger combination is called La Bandita. Avocado, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto and chipotle mayo on whole wheat complement its black bean-corn patty.
If you want to try more than one burger, try splitting two burgers with a friend.
The milkshakes are crafted with ingredients such as raspberry mixed with white chocolate and Nutella blended with chocolate pretzel. Around $5 and quite filling, a shake is best split with a friend—but once you’ve tasted yours, I doubt you’ll be able to share.
During our adventure to Hopdoddy, senior Turin Hansen announced that she would return to Hopdoddy—by herself if necessary—in order to indulge in another burger. She gave Hopdoddy five stars for the food and ambience.
In addition, senior Rachel Bastian admitted she enjoyed every song played at Hopdoddy. The atmosphere is that of a hip and upscale burger bar, equally delightful for families and college students.
According to the restaurant’s website, the name “Hopdoddy” actually has a story behind it—“Hopdoddy was created to express the perfect union of burgers and beer: Handcrafted Beer (Hop) + (Doddy), the nickname given to the native cow in Aberdeen, Scotland.”
Hopdoddy just might have achieved that perfect union.

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