A Tale of Two Burgers and other Southern California Surmisals
This isn't a trip report. Just a post trip conclusion to my previous thread here
Details and highlights of the trip will be featured in the end of the year report in about 9 months or so.
We did hit two burger joints
The first being the perennial favorite Hodad's
. My first experience there in 2009 wth my friend Cliff from Newport was lackluster. Great atmosphere, ultra amazing chocolate malt and a burger that we both agreed had no discernible flavor. I returned with Sandra who always has a totally open mind and is never shy to admit if her opinion is different than mine. I ordered a double bacon cheeseburger with everything except onions (something I did differently this time) Sandra ordered a single bacon cheeseburger less a few toppings.
I must confess, the burger was much better than my last experience. I can actually taste the beef (or was it the bacon?) We both agreed this is a good burger. Is it the best we had? No but it's respectable. Surprisingly when we arrived it was close to 8PM on a Monday night and there was still a line out the door but I don't think we waited more than 10 or 15 minutes. Sandra really enjoyed the atmosphere but unlike ChiTownDiner
, we didn't see the need to return for a second trip.
Our last burger pick was on in the OC on our way back up from San Diego back to our last hotel of the trip in Sunset Beach.
We visited the Burger Stop
in Santa Ana. A basic old school burger joint that has high marks on yelp. This time we wanted to try the regional Southern California Avocado Bacon Cheeseburger. We already had dinner in San Diego at Ichiban PB
(Sharing a bowl of Stamina Noodles and a requested basic version of a Baja Roll) so we decided to share this Double Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger
Our burger was virtually identical to the In and Out
I had 8 years ago, dressed with bacon and avocado as an afterthought. This was an OK burger (the perfect 5) but we both agreed that Hodad's
I don't consider either of these two meals a wasted meal. Hodad's is worth a stop just for the atmosphere and chocolate malt alone and I'm glad that Sandra had the opportunity to experience it. I'm also glad that I visited the Burger Stop to experience the Southern California Avocado Bacon Burger However I have now drawn the conclusion that traveling 3000 miles to southern California for a burger is the equivalent of going to Buffalo for Egg Rolls and Tacos.
I will conclude with Sandra's two favorite meals and my three new to me