I haven’t been to Hodad’s in forever. The last time I went was when Alyssa (my good friend and long ago writer for this blog) actually lived here, and it’s been many moons since she moved away. I remember we sat in the “van” seat and felt like we were in our own bubble away from the rest of the crowd. I’ve been wanting to revisit it lately and already had a failed attempt at going to the Downtown location. After some suggestions from fellow bloggers, Jake, T and I visited late on a Tuesday evening and found easy parking, no line and quick seating. Success!
[license plates and dollar bills adorn the walls]
Hodad’s walls are lined with old license plates and signed dollar bills. We spent a few amusing moments trying to figure out what some of the license plates meant while we waited for our food to arrive.
[full order of frings / onion rings & french fries - $5.75]
When this arrived to the table I immediately thought, “Whoa. That is a lot of frings.” This is the full order – in the future we really probably only need half. The onion rings are quite large and tasty. They have that “almost bread crumb” like texture on them, making them a little crumbly and a little messy. I’m pretty sure a few bits and pieces fell down my shirt, per the usual.
We gobbled up the onion rings fairly quickly but when we got to the fries, they were a little disappointing. A lot of the larger “wedge” pieces just tasted like undercooked potatoes. Jake managed to tell one of the servers about this and our fries were quickly replaced with no fuss.
[crispier version of the fries]
This is the “well done” batch which was much, much better than the first. And also really, really hot! I kind of like getting my food super duper hot though, even if I have to wait a minute on my own for it to cool down. It tastes better to me that way. Lukewarm food is totally gross (unless it’s supposed to be that way, of course).
The skinnier the fry, the better it tasted to me. Overall though, even the larger pieces were a little fluffier on the inside. The wedges have got a bit of a coating/seasoning to them. Jake thought they were a little bland and nothing really special. I liked them.
[guido burger - inspired by guy fieri - pastrami burger with ketchup, pickles, swiss cheese, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard - $6.75]
Jake and T shared the Guido Burger, a burger inspired by Guy Fieri after he visited for his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He’s one of the reasons that it’s so hard to visit Hodad’s original location during the height of tourist season. I wish he would wear less jewelry. And stop bleaching his hair. And stop wearing his sunglasses on the back of his neck. And stop saying stupid things like “we’re going to Flavortown!”.
Um. I digress.
I thought the burger was okay. I’ve had better pastrami and overall it was just kind of “eh” to me. Especially after I had a bite of my own cheeseburger…
[mini bacon cheeseburger - $5.75]
I love that the thing really standing out in this photo is the BACON. Because the bacon is GLORIOUS.
Every single bite had a bit of bacon in it and the bacon was perfectly crisp. Not overdone, not overcrisp, but glorious and wonderful. It almost made me want to weep with sheer joy. This is how a bacon cheeseburger should be done. Bacon. In. Every. Single. Bite.
The mini bacon cheeseburger was almost too much for me. That thing was HEFTY. I did my best though and gave my last little bit to Jake to finish off for me before I cried uncle.
Oh, Hodad’s. I hope we don’t part for so long this time. I hope to see you again soon. Can I have some bacon to go?
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