At first impression, it’s easy to assume that all-natural joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar was conceptualized in Los Angeles. After all, this is a place that fits right in with the sort of sunny, free love disposition that the West Coast city is famous for: beef is humanely raised without hormones and ground in-house daily, cheese is sourced from a co-op, gluten free buns are made twice a day, and shakes are churned from whole dairy. But, this restaurant is actually a mainstay of Austin, Texas, and new outposts in L.A. are taking a cue from what was first beloved in the Lone Star State.
Austin locals, and there are a few at the new location in Playa Vista, will likely suggest an order of green chili queso to welcome the uninitiated. The irresistible spicy cheese sauce and pile of hand-cut fries pair well with the restaurant’s full bar – which includes small batch beers, of course – and sips from the pint-sized “Little Larry” margarita will be just satisfying enough before the main event. Choose the goodnight good cause burger from the list for its caramelized onions, sliced jalapenos, and a dollar donation to charity, or try the buffalo bill made with apple-smoked bacon and blue cheese. If possible, order a rich nutella and chocolate pretzel shake toward the end of the meal.
Be happily behind the curve on this one, L.A. – this is a place where it’s fun to play catch-up.