Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy has arrived! One would think the trip from Austin shouldn’t have taken so long, but it’s finally here and handsomely ensconced in the new River Oaks District. Expect to stand in line—to enter, to order, to be seated. Luckily, we avoided the worst by arriving at an off time and were directed to two bar seats, where a competent server quickly produced a fine cinnamon-sprinkled vanilla milkshake and an equally tasty black salt–rimmed margarita. With less luck, our burgers—one with cheese, caramelized onions, and hickory sauce; another with chili and cheese—arrived lukewarm, dense rather than juicy, and bland rather than well seasoned. Tender buns and truffle-Parmesan fries rated higher marks. Perhaps it was opening jitters; still, we hope things smooth out before the planned Rice Village site opens.