hodad’s / ocean beach – san diego, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

10 Responses

  1. Darlene says:

    I haven’t been to Hodad’s either for years. And I agree, it’s the tourist crowds that have kept me away and the combination of other hamburger places popping up. After reading this, I might have to check it out again. Do they still over stack the burger with thick tomato and onion slices?

    • mary says:

      There was a good amount of onion and tomato on the very bottom of my burger. I think they put two tomatoes on the bottom, so yeah, I’d call that a stack! I hadn’t thought much about Hodad’s in years either. For whatever reason it just sounded like a really good idea to try it again. I think mostly I wanted Jake to try it, since he hadn’t been before this visit.

  2. What? You no like Guy Fieri? You also forgot his lovely lobster tan and his never ending succession of mid-life crisis cars.

    I end up taking the onions and tomatoes out of my burger so I can eat it otherwise everything falls out. Yeah, night time is the time to go when it’s not crowded.

  3. Tanya says:

    love me some hodads….now that we are on the east coast, my husband has learned to make a copycat hodads burger…works for me!

  4. Dennis says:

    Hi Mary, I’m actually a Hodad’s convert. I admit not caring for it much in the past. I’m not sure if it’s my dwindling metabolism but I actually enjoy all the veggies in it, cold and crisp. I agree the bacon is a must. Never cared for pastrami (or gyro meat) in any of my burgers. But who knows, that might change someday too. 😉

    • mary says:

      Hi Dennis – I feel like I didn’t think it was that great in the past, but I have since forgotten my previous opinion on the matter. In any case, I know I like it for sure now! My favorite pastrami so far is from The Hat up in LA.

  5. I definitely prefer to go to the dt location, same food and no line! And i agree the way they layer their bacon in the burgers is perfection.

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