Every time I go to South Congress in Austin I MARVEL at the line wrapped around Hopdoddy. Once they came to Dallas, I had a new appreciation for the patience and resolve of the people who wait in that line. Hopdoddy is damn good, y’all.
Their McKinney Avenue location, one of three in D/FW, occupies the former Frankie’s space and has been there for just under a year. It’s a great space with a nice amount of natural light, a giant bar in the middle (my fave), and plenty outdoor seating.
Choosing what to eat here is more challenging than finding your way from the parking garage into the restaurant. (I took my dad on this review with me, so, if you remember from my review at Village Burger Bar, you’ll know that I was the one making the risky food choices.) Luckily we had some time to decide after the drinks hit the table. Dad went with the Chocolate Stout Milkshake and I, in true SusieDrinksDallas form, went with an adult libation, the SoCo Sweet Tea (house infused Limoncello, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, raspberry purée, & fresh-squeezed lemon). My drink was nice and light and the raspberry purée wasn’t too liberally added … the perfect treat for a warm evening. I was tempted to go for one of their Maine Root Fountain Sodas or local beers, but was happy with my ultimate choice (because … limoncello).
After a few sips, I got in to the french fry options. They serve their fries not as a side, but as an appetizer (giving them the attention that they sure as hell deserve). Their fries are good … but their Truffle Fries are outrageous. Get.these.fries. Make sure to check out their dips, too! If you’re anything like me, you just want them all to get a little taste of each. (Quite honestly, I just really hate to decide so it’s easier to get them all.)
Since we were at a burger bar, we ordered burgers. (That may have been on of the more idiotic sentences I’ve ever written.) Per usual, good ole’ Dad ordered his standard well done cheeseburger, ketchup only. He seemed to like it, but I know that it couldn’t compare to my Primetime Burger. Seriously, y’all … the beautiful melange of the incredibly tender Texas Akaushi Beef, brie cheese, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions, and steak sauce danced around my mouth like I think my first bit of solid food will on Friday morning. (Oh, yeah … I’m on a juice cleanse. Writing about food is real hard right now.)
Dessert had to happen because they have … wait for it … adult milkshakes. The Nutella & Chocolate Pretzel Milkshake is kind of everything. It’s sweet and the pretzels give the shake a bit of texture and a salty kick.
I do have some slight regrets from my visit … though I’d order everything I ate again (and again), I think I didn’t explore the menu as much as I should have. I’ll be ordering the Baby Kale Salad (baby kale, arugula, feta, watermelon, avocado, sunflower seeds, pickled red onions, pomegranate vinaigrette) the next time I stop in.
Luckily I rereturned with a few friends a couple weeks later and was able to try some other items. We were treated to their ah-mazing Green Chili Queso (which had a nice kick and a perfectly creamy texture) to accompany the Kennebec Fries. Since one kind of fry is never enough, we got into the Truffle Fries that came with some of the most amazing dip I’ve ever experienced. The Ahi Tuna Burger (Sushi-Grade Tuna, Sprouts, Teriyaki, Honey Wasabi, Nori Chips, Pickled Ginger, Mayo) was maybe the most surprising thing we had that night–the tuna was so delicate that it just feel apart and the nori chips gave it a nice crisp.
Hopdoddy recently started a new offering at their McKinney Avenue location–they’ll now serve you at a table instead of having you order when you arrive QSR-style. It was a nice touch and actually made me order more food. (Watch out, my friends.)
Beyond the delicious food and great service, Hopdoddy likes to keep it as local as possible and real fresh, which makes me love it even more. Their beef is ground fresh daily from all-natural, quality, hormone-free meat; their buns are baked twice daily and you get to choose from three types including a gluten-free option.
Stop in for a burger and fries sometime soon … and sit outside because the weather starting this weekend will be perfect for an al fresco meal. Just don’t forget the Truffle Fries … or the milkshakes … or the house-made limoncello. (Ya know, all of it.)
Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 3-7pm
**Hopdoddy invited me in for a meal on them.**