Did you know Americans consume 13 billion hamburgers a year? That’s enough to circle the earth 32 times! Or how about that on average Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week? That’s a ton of burgers. Due to the massive consumption of the popular sandwich, it’s only right that Hopdoddy opened its Second location in Rice Village this month and has quickly become one of my favorite place for burgers in Houston.
Hopdoddy was birthed in Austin, Texas in 2010 by local restaurateurs Chuck Smith and Larry Perdido. They’ve since opened 18 other locations. Spreading their reach beyond just Texas, to Arizona, California, and Colorado. The Rice Village District here in Houston recently welcomed Hopdoddy’s Second location (5510 Morningside Dr.) earlier this month.
I’m a huge fan of burgers, especially the ones without beef. When capturing the essence of a burgers in Houston, the meatless ones are what I’m after. Luckily, Hopdoddy offers an assortment of proteins for your dining pleasure. Diners can find beef, bison turkey, lamb, fish and bean burger options on their mouthwatering menu. In addition to the solid sandwiches at hopdoddy, their fries and milkshakes are legit too. Not interested in pairing your burger with those “kiddy” drinks? Hopdoddy also offers a full bar and specialty cocktails.
BURGERS & FRIES
While soaking up some sun on Hopdoddy’s massive front patio, and perusing the menu for veggie burgers I came across the “La Bandita” burger. Its salivating description had me sold. A black bean-corn patty topped with avocado, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto & chipotle mayo served on toasted whole wheat bun. When my burger arrived and I was shocked because it didn’t look like I had envisioned it.
As the first ingredient listed is “black bean,” one would easily assume the burger to be dark in color. Rather, a light shade of cerisewould be the most accurate description of the patty. There is only one vegetable that produces that unique color when added to other ingredients; beets. Beets are not listed as an ingredient, but our server confirmed it. My assumption for this ingredient not being listed among the rest would be appeal factor. Though the beets didn’t alter the flavor of the burger much, I could see the phrase “beet burger” being frowned upon.
“Let me reassure you, the La Bandita burger is too good to be looked over because of a couple of little ol’ beets. ” – Gristle & Gossip
Hopdoddy’s fries are stellar as well. I opted for the truffle fries, with a green chili queso sauce for dipping. First, let me just say that the green chili queso could easily stand alone on the menu. It was delicious. Almost good enough to swim in, and I’m bit jealous that my burger and fries weren’t granted the opportunity. I also highly recommend the hot honey and sage sweet potato fries!
In addition to the burgers and fries, Hopdoddy has a couple mean milkshakes that I hear are worthy of a sip. Might I suggest you try “The Suicide”. Lovingly, named after Instagram influencer @ThatBoyAsad, it’s a mashup of their oreo cookie, caramel & sea salt, and Nutella & chocolate pretzel shake. Though I didn’t try it, it looked quite tempting.
If you’re on the hunt for burgers in Houston, I highly suggest you stop in to Hopdoddy for great burgers, fries, shakes, cocktails and crafts. The Rice Village location has an excellent patio!
5510 MORNINGSIDE DR STE 100
HOUSTON, TX 77005
Open daily 11am – Midnight