Hodad’s is one of the most famous food destinations in San Diego, known for their epic-sized burgers complete with a crispy bacon patty.
This weekend, my brother and his girlfriend came to visit (our first house guests!). They requested all the San Diego favorites: Hodad’s, Phil’s BBQ, etc.
First up was Hodad’s. We decided to visit the downtown location as it tends to be less crowded than the original storefront in Ocean Beach.
I thought this all you can eat entree was interesting…
You can get fries or onion rings with your burger, or if you have a group, the best option is to get an order of frings, which is half fries and half onion rings. The basket is piled quite high, with plenty to go around. There were four of us and we barely made a dent.
Single Bacon Cheeseburger
The burgers come in three sizes: Mini, single and double. The Hodad’s sizes are not your normal measurements. A mini is more like a regular burger whereas a single is like an extra large, stacked tall with toppings, two layers of melted cheese, a burger patty, and a bacon patty. A yellow wrapper securely holds everything in place.
The bacon patty is definitely the highlight. The boiled bacon patty is pressed on the grill until crispy perfection, providing you a flavorful bacon crunch with each bite.
Outside of the bacon patty, I’ve never been overly impressed with the burger. The beef patty doesn’t have much flavor itself. The bun, especially the bottom piece, almost always gets soggy under the weight of fresh vegetable toppings. Still, it’s a very reasonably priced burger and I definitely can understand the appeal.
Mr. K decided to try something a little different, ordering this Guy Fieri inspired burger (Guy Fieri featured Hodad’s on his Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives” show). This burger features pastrami, grilled onions, brown mustard and swiss cheese. While it was a tasty combination, it was missing the signature bacon patty, so this wouldn’t be my choice.
Mini Bacon Cheeseburger
The mini burger was actually quite impressive in size also, only slightly smaller than the single.
Overall, this is a fun destination to try, especially with visitors. It’s not my favorite burger in San Diego, but the bacon patty is something special.
San Diego CA 92101