Brewed hops and tasty cows meet at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Newport Beach, California

In 2010, Hopdoddy was born in Austin, TX, delivering fresh, all-natural angus burgers alongside Kennebec hand-cut fries, farm fresh salads, handcrafted milkshakes, and, of course, craft beer. Since then, they have been named one of the “Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, one of the “33 Best Burgers in the Entire Country” by Thrillist, and just received the #1 spot on Business Insider’s list of the “50 Best Burger Joints in America”. Once you have a bite of their burgers, you’ll know exactly why they have made it on so many best burger lists. In November 2015, the newest California location opened inside of Fashion Island in Newport Beach. They garnered a corner location for good visibility with a patio area.


The interior is a little bit hipster meets warehouse feel with reclaimed wood tabletops, dark brown booth seating, and bright green chairs. The bar area is centrally located in the restaurant for ease of service. Their scratch kitchen is exhibition-style yet still lies behind windows as if on a factory tour. The service is attentive and courteous.


Caramel & Sea Salt Shake ($6) has a really good salted caramel flavor. The shake is creamy and velvety with granules of salt for texture. Rating: 4.5/5

Buffalo Bill Burger ($10) starts with a bison burger patty topped with Applewood smoked bacon, blue jack cheese, Frank’s RedHot Sauce, sassy sauce, red leaf lettuce, white onion, and beefsteak tomato. The meaty patty has a great bison flavor. Its deceptively simple ingredients create an extremely flavorful burger! It is slightly spicy but not overwhelming. But, the bacon got a little lost in the shuffle. The bun is sturdy to stand up to the sauces yet not too thick or bready. Rating: 4.8/5

Chile Con Queso ($6.75) comes with Kennebec fries. The fries are tasty, crispy and well-seasoned. Chile con queso is creamy with a chili powder kick. It is super cheesy. Although, a thicker cut fry would work better for dipping with this heavier sauce. Rating: 4.9/5

Truffle Fries ($6.95) have a great truffle flavor and aroma. It is topped with a good amount of parmesan cheese and parsley. The truffle aioli is creamy and adds more truffle flavor to the mix. Rating: 4.5/5

Primetime Burger ($12) starts with Texas Akaushi beef topped with brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli, steak sauce, and beefsteak tomato. The beef burger patty has a perfect blend of beef. It is meaty and juicy even at medium rare. Brie adds a creamy, buttery cheese flavor. Arugula adds a green component along with some bitter flavor. The truffle aioli lends a truffle aroma and slight truffle flavor. Rating: 5/5

Primetime Burger pairs well with Barley Forge’s Patsy Coconut Stout ($8).

If you need a break from shopping and have a craving for a great burger, hop on over to Hopdoddy Burger Bar!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
311 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking: Free shopping center parking
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