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Hodad’s – San Diego

Sep 2014

If you ever find yourself in San Diego and craving a big, juicy burger be sure to visit the city’s most famous burger joint – Hodad’s. If you do three things are for certain:

  1. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to burger heaven.
  2. You will be bowled over by the sheer size of the plate that’s been put in front of you.
  3. You’re unlikely to forget this meal or feel the need to ever eat again.

Hodad’s comes highly recommended from a number of sources as the best burger in San Diego. While Hodad’s certainly lives up to its expectation as the ‘best burger’ in the city, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. And by that I mean Hodad’s burgers are insanely huge!

Burger-Cheese-Hodads       Thickshake-Hodad's

Indeed, it is the colossal size of their burgers that makes Hodad’s such a popular and beloved institution in San Diego. The crazy portion size doesn’t just stop with the burgers; heaping baskets of fries and onion rings can be ordered on the side, as can a tub of ice cream, which is cleverly disguised as a thick shake.

Apart from being enormous, Hodad’s burgers also taste great — phenomenal in fact! Piled with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup every bite is an explosion of flavour. As if that wasn’t enough diners also have the option to add extra toppings like bacon and cheese into the already whopping mix.

Conbi-Van-Hodads        Vanilla-Shake-Hodads

Even though Hodad’s burgers come wrapped in paper, with so much filling eating them can be somewhat messy; think sauce dribbling down your hands. But that’s all part of the Hodad’s experience.

As is the struggle to finish your meal. If you’re not up for the challenge of devouring the restaurant’s signature and standard sized burger and fries, it’s best to order a mini burger, which is still a sizable meal on its own and to share a basket of fries. Whatever you order, I guarantee that you’re going to be left feeling truly stuffed.

Open for lunch and dinner at two locations in the city (Ocean Beach along Newport Ave and off Broadway at 10th Ave in Downtown San Diego), it’s not unusual to see a line up for a table at Hodad’s decidedly casual eateries. So depending on what time you drop by you may have to wait a little while for a table to become free. But don’t let that deter you from enjoying one truly unforgettable meal!

Hodad’s is a San Diego institution, serving some of the tastiest burgers in town. As such, a meal at Hodad’s should not be missed especially if you love burgers like I do! If you don’t get your burger fix here I’m not sure you ever will.

Posted by Jess Fleming

  1. Comment posted by English to Hawaiian at 9:36 pm on September 3, 2014...

    SO GOOD. Cannot wait to get that badboy in my mouth!

  2. Comment posted by English to Hawaiian (post author) at 9:55 pm on September 3, 2014...

    Outrageously good Dannii! Any Sydney burger recommendations?

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