Hopdoddy means “the perfect union of burgers and beer.” The term, broken down, goes like this according to their website: hop means handcrafted beer and doddy is a nickname given to the native cow in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Anyway, I’ve actually been to Hopdoddy a number of times on South Congress Avenue throughout my second year of college when they first opened, but parking, as usual on South Congress, was always a problematic hassle, especially on weekend evenings. When I heard they opened at a new location on Anderson Lane, I had to go just to enjoy the freedom of a big parking lot.
In the past, from their “Crafted Burgers (& Other Good Stuff)” food menu, I’ve ordered the Magic Shroom (Angus beef, Texas goat cheese, field mushrooms, mayonnaise, and basil pesto) and the Greek (lamb, feta cheese, arugula, pickled red onions, tomato, cucumber, and tzatziki sauce). Both are delightfully delicious and will certainly satisfy your epicurean cravings, though I’d have to say the Magic Shroom takes the cake.
The first time I visited the new Anderson Lane location, I split their Janis Joplin (hemp seed veggie patty, avocado, sprouts, Tillamook cheddar, and horseradish honey mustard) on gluten-free bread with a friend. Although their gluten-free bread is too crumbly to handle cleanly, but the bulk of the Janis Joplin was pretty dang yummy – the veggie patty was moist and soft, not hard and tough like many others can be. I also ordered the Classic Frozen Margarita from their drink menu, creatively titled as “Sips (for Grown Folks)”. But I must warn with a piece of advice to be careful with this margarita – it’s extremely tasty and you might be tempted to down it quickly, but it sure has a kick to it! One glass of it seemed to be the equivalent of two glasses at any other restaurant.
This past time on Anderson Lane, I ordered a Classic Frozen Margarita again (like I said, strong but certainly tasty!) and the Continental Club sandwich (pictured below). The Continental Club is a really, really great choice, especially if you want a good eat that’s light as well. I mean, provolone cheese and bacon? Oh goodness, I want one now. Oh, their multi-grain bread is also really good – love the texture!
Oh, and did I mention that they’re all about promoting healthfulness and giving back to the community? All of Hopdoddy’s ingredients are natural and from local sources. So, grab a friend and don’t forget to order their Kennebec fries!