August is turning into a big burger-chain news month for Tarrant County — first, with this week’s opening of Florida-based BurgerFi’s first Tarrant location, in Arlington. And now, with a date on the long-awaited first Fort Worth/Tarrant location of Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
Hopdoddy has announced an Aug. 21 opening date for the location in the Left Bank shopping center, the one just west of Montgomery Plaza and anchored by a Tom Thumb. The official Hopdoddy address is 2300 W, Seventh St, Suite 140.
Hopdoddy already has two locations in Dallas and one in Addison, which tend to draw lines at peak times thanks to an eclectic burger menu, some stellar milkshakes and that whole “bar” part of its name, which includes cocktails and local craft beers.
Hopdoddy first expanded to Dallas in 2012 with a location on Luther Lane in Preston Center. That was in time for our 2013 DFW.com Battle of the Burgers, during which Hopdoddy did very well, making it all the way to the final four before being unseated by ultimate Burger Battle champ Rodeo Goat in a dead heat.
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As it turns out, Rodeo Goat, which opened in Fort Worth in 2012 (and is now working on its third location in Plano), took some inspiration from Hopdoddy. The original concept for Goat was a taco joint, but by the time the owners found their location, there were so many taco spots open that they opted for burgers instead, grinding their own meat and finding the perfect patty blend, then concocting a menu with “gourmet” toppings.
It’s almost getting to the point where you could eat lunch at a burger joint near West Seventh Street each day for a week and never go west of University Drive. Besides Rodeo Goat being nearby, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Magnolia Motor Lounge and M&O Station Grill, all home-grown indies, are in the general area. And then there are the fast-food spots, In-N-Out and Wendy’s (don’t laugh — despite much competition, the West Seventh location has been around for well over 25 years. It’s practically the only thing recognizable from the West Seventh stretch I saw when I moved to Fort Worth in 1989).
The Fort Worth Hopdoddy menu isn’t available yet, but samples from the Dallas at Preston Center menu include the Classic Burger (Angus beef, “sassy” sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion; optional cheese and/or bacon for an extra charge) and the Primetime (American grass-fed Kobe beef, brie, arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli, steak sauce, tomato). There are also lamb, bison, chicken, turkey and ahi tuna burgers, as well as a black-bean veggie and “The Impossible,” described by our Eats Beat columnst Bud Kennedy as “a [vegan] Stanford-engineered wheat-and-potato-based burger with an iron compound added that gives it the sizzle and juicy texture of beef.”
We are mere weeks away from launching our 2017 Battle of the Burgers. We’re not revealing the launch date yet. Let’s just say that the Fort Worth Hopdoddy will be open in time.