Hopdoddy in North Scottsdale a Solid Bite for Burgers
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Photos by Laura Hahnefeld Magic Shroom Burger
Restaurant: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Burgers at the bar.
Location: 11055 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Open: One week
Price: $11 to $30 per person
The burgers at Hopdoddy's are kind of like the Foo Fighters: Better than most rock bands out there at the moment but not going to make you forget the Rolling Stones anytime soon.
Which isn't a slam against the place. The burgers at the stylish Austin-based eatery (from the owners of Roaring Fork and Salty Sow) are actually quite good. They probably won't replace your sit-down restaurant favorite, but they're solid enough that, for counter-service eats, they already rival some of the best in town.
There are 12 styles of Hopdoddy burgers on the tidy menu -- well-balanced creations layered with ingredients like all-natural Black Angus Beef, sushi-grade tuna, Tillamook cheddar, truffle aioli, and roasted poblanos on scratch-made buns.
If you inquire after which one to try, there's a good chance a friendly staff member will tell you the turkey burger known as the Continental Club ($8). And you should try it. On par with its beefy brethren, this surprisingly solid creation is layered with a well-seasoned, juicy turkey patty, applewood-smoked bacon, and a basil-mayo pesto along with provolone and arugula on a pillowy but sturdy wheat bun.
Mushroom lovers could do worse than the Magic Shroom ($8.50), featuring field fungi, gooey goat cheese, and mayo-basil pesto atop a thick, well-flavored Angus beef patty. The earthy, meaty burger was perfectly prepared to my medium-rare temperature request. Kudos.
Thinking about fries? Of course you are. Hopefully, you've brought a friend that's thinking about them, too, because the serving at Hopdoddy is huge.