Saturday, March 4, 2017

First Taste of Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Galleria Location: River Oaks, 4444 Westheimer

Houston residents had a rendez-vous at a new Houston hot-spot on Memorial Day. A large  group of burger-loving fans gathered and even camped out to get their first taste of Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Hopdoddy Burger Bar is an Austin-born burger it-spot, serving fresh all-natural Angus burgers alongside Kennebec cut fries, farm fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes.

Grand opening day was quite intense, as I overheard some people say they'd been waiting for 2 hours even while still having about 20 people ahead of them. The line was long, but the Hopdoddy staff made the wait worthwhile, bringing out samples and drinks to the people in line.

On our walk over for the tasting, we passed diners at some of the other restaurants, who looked to be comfortably enjoying their food unaware of what is happening down the way. Lucky for me and my sister, we were able to skip straight to the front(perks of being awesome...jk), where we were greeted by Erin Fohn, the Brand Manager at Hopdoddy Burger.

The tasting began at the bar, which features a variety of local brewers( like Karbach & 8th Wonder) on tap, as well as handcrafted cocktails, mixed with pure cane syrups, house-infused liqueurs and freshly made fruit juices. I opted for the Spacecitea, a sweet refreshing punch made with house-infused limoncello, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Raspberry Puree, and freshly squeezed lemon. My sister went with a perfectly blended Sangrita, made with Gold Tequila, freshly squeezed orange and lime juices, and pomegranate grenadine.

Upon getting seated, we started off with their Kennebec and Truffle Fries, served with Chili Con Queso and a green chili sauce. To be honest with you, I could not put the Kennebec fries and chili con queso down. We continued the tasting by off course ordering our burgers, I opted for the El Diablo - Angus beef topped with, pepper jack, caramelized onions, habanero and serrano chiles, salsa roja, chipotle mayo, red leaf lettuce and beefsteak tomato. My-oh-my... First of all, all the ingredients complimented each other perfectly, and the chiles? I underestimated those little bad boys. They most definitely made their presence known after the third bite, they were piled up in the middle ready to strike.

We followed with a taste of their house-made milkshakes. I ordered their Red Velvet Cake milkshake. Fun fact is that they have brought back a decades old recipe of making red velvet. Most red velvet cakes contain food coloring, but at Hopdoddy, the coloring is arrived to by using beets.

Rice Village Location: Hopdoddy Expands to Rice Village, 5510 Morningside dr.

The new Hopdoddy in Rice Village is spacious(as pictured), you can enjoy a shorter line and also find some seating inside and out on their front open patio which is shared with their neighboring restaurants. The new restaurant opened to media, friends and family on Friday and Saturday, but will be open to the public on Monday. With this opening, Hopdoddy will be introducing the "Hoss Hot Chicken," a crispy, spicy fried chicken breast atop house-made kale slaw and tomato. Order this sandwich at your own risk, as it will have your mouth on fire, even after you sip your cocktail. You'll keep coming back for more bites though, because it's just that good. Check-out my Instagram for more pictures.
Hoss’ Hot Chicken: featuring a fried Nashville hot chicken breast atop house made baby kale slaw


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