Lunch at Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin

Wide-eyed and beaming, I’d hang my head out of the car window as Frankie would point out what was what in Austin. As we were talking about where to go for lunch, she mentioned how Hopdoddy was known to have the best burgers in town. Usually there’s always huge lines, and waiting half an hour is considered to be ‘not bad’. We had nothing planned, so we thought we’d check it out.

No. Line. This was apparently pretty unheard of. Look at me bringing the good line luck.

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Apparently if there’s a line, the thing to do is sit at the bar. You can get food there too!

But alas, we did not have that problem. Straight to the counter we go!

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After ordering, we filled up on sauces and water.

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We sat down at our table (by the window – lighting, obviously) and I saw THIS.

I guess the StalkerCam days are never over. BUT LOOK. HOW COULD I NOT TAKE A PICTURE?!

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At least we had our own distraction.

It came in the form of a Nutella Chocolate Pretzel Shake.

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Holy crap. It was so thick that little bits would get stuck in my straw. When I say ‘bits’, I mean delicious chunks of chocolate and pretzel. Mmmmmm. Worth the struggle.

Frankie is a bit of a truffle-fiend, so it was inevitable that we get the Truffle Fries. Cue the Truffle Aioli and extra side of Green Chile Queso (Frankie said this was a very important part of the order – it was).

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What an absolute beauty.

But what people line up for are the burgers. Frankie ordered the Primetime – Texas Akaushi beef, brie cheese, arugula, caramalised onions, truffle aioli, steak sauce and beefsteak tomato.

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I went for the only veggie option – the La Bandita. It’s a black bean-corn patty, avocado, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto, chipotle mayo, white onion, beefsteak tomato on wholewheat.

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Oh yessssss.

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The verdict? Mine was good, but nothing spectacular – there are better veggie burgers out there, and I definitely wouldn’t queue an hour for it.

However, if you’re a meat-eater, it’s a different story. The meat patties are apparently incredibly juicy, and are clearly what everyone comes for.

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