Setting the Bar
Relatively new to the Scottsdale burger scene, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has definitely shown they know what it takes to make a great burger. They’re the proud recipients of the 2014 and 2015 Best Burger award given at the Scottsdale Culinary Burger Battle. The executive management partners know a lot about what is needed to create a successful restaurant, thanks to legendary Guy and Larry, the restaurant duo Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles, with partners Chuck Smith and Larry Perdido. The Guy and Larry Restaurants LLC have under their belt Effie V’s, Whitefish, Z’Tejas, Roaring Fork and Salty Sow.
An Unusual Name
The first question I asked was about the restaurant name. I learned that “hop” is named after the handcrafted beer. And “little doddy” is a nickname for the native cow in Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s a perfect choice to describe the union between burgers and beer. The first Hopdoddy opened in Austin, Texas, on October 20, 2010, and the Scottsdale location opened on October 20, 2013. This fast, casual restaurant was formed with quality as one of the key ingredients. They continually look for fresh, all-natural ingredients and have partnered with local farmers and ranchers.
“We pay close attention to detail bringing in the best products we use. The hand-cut fries are made from Kennebec potatoes brought in from Washington State because when fried they become more crisp and flavorful,” states Charles Craig, director of Culinary Development & Standards. “Our goal is to create a great quality burger at a great price.” The restaurant is fast casual with a full service mentality. General Manager Jon Klein explains you order your meal at a counter, the hostess then finds you a table and a server brings your order. While in line, beverages can be ordered to make waiting more enjoyable.
Good Karma Never Tasted So Good™
Hopdoddy crafted burgers are made with quality Black Angus that is free from hormones and antibiotics. The three types of buns– whole wheat, continental club, and gluten-free–are freshly baked, twice daily. Also, the fries are hand cut and the condiments are made in house. I started my sampling with a juicy Classic Burger, which has red leaf lettuce, white onion, tomato and a sassy sauce, classic cheese, bacon cheese and it was very good. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger made with sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki sauce, honey wasabi, nori chips, pickled ginger and mayo. It was like eating sushi on a bun. And, I sampled the Buffalo Bill burger made with bison meat which was very tender and melted in my mouth. Other items on the menu include a Greek burger that’s made with lamb, feta cheese, arugula, onions, tomato, cucumber and a Tzatziki sauce. The Thunderbird is a chicken burger made with Tillamook pepper jack cheese, apple-smoked bacon, avocado, seared poblanos, pico-de-gallo and a chipotle mayo. The Continental Club is made with turkey, provolone, apple-smoked bacon, arugula, mayo and a basil pesto. The La Bandito is a veggie burger made with black bean-corn patty, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto and mayo. The salads are made with fresh organic greens and the selection changes with the season. There’s a Hail Caesar Salad with Romaine hearts and leaves, tomato, carrots, fried chickpeas, shaved parmesan, potato hay and Caesar dressing. The Spinach Arugula Salad is made with fresh beets, Texas goat cheese, toasted pecans, sugar snap peas, gala apples and sherry cane vinaigrette. And the Baby Kale Salad is has arugula, feta cheese, roasted butternut squash, roasted corn, onions, pepitas, dates and pomegranate vinaigrette. All the wonderful recipes are from chef and partner Larry Perdido.
Hopdoddy believes in helping the community and donates $1 from every Good Night, Good Cause burger that’s ordered. This year, they presented the Phoenix Children’s Hospital a check for $10,000. They also sponsor the Chaparral varsity team.
“We’re all about people – a company who believes in cultivating people to be a part of its growth,” states Tony Pollock, who started with the restaurant group as a line cook and is now director of operations. In addition to cooking up some delicious burgers, Hopdoddy has crafted beers, wines and a variety of drinks made with house made syrups. Plus they serve excellent milkshakes. Now, I am no connoisseur of milkshakes, but the four I tasted were very yummy and I recommend the Nutella Chocolate Pretzel shake with small bits of chocolate pretzel that gave it a little crunch.
Don’t just take my word that the burgers are wonderful, you need to see for yourself why Hopdoddy has become a neighborhood favorite. Check out their website and Facebook page for specials and other locations.
Hours – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday – Saturday
Happy Hour – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.