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Dec 13, 2009 02:26 PM

Hodad's Downtown San Diego

Signs are now up for the Hodad's location that will be opening on the corner of 10th and Broadway downtown.

A very surprising spot, since Hodad's has always been synonymous with OB's beach culture. Can't imagine that it will be an easy transplant to a downtown location just next door to Chee-Chee's.

It is only a few blocks away from Pokez and El Dorado, so if it succeeds it could play a nice part in helping transform that section of Broadway. Much in the same way that 30th and University in North Park had a quick overhaul due to the bars and restaurants who took the risk in setting up shop over there.

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  1. All that Food TV exposure must have really paid more ways than one!

    1. Mediocrity marches on.

      1. San Diego is non-stop burger joints these days.

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        1. re: stevewag23

          I hereby retract my post a few months ago which suggested you may have been exaggerating about burger joint proliferation.

          What neighborhood would one call 10th & Broadway? A map I saw suggests it is "Core - Columbia", which is something you don't hear very often.

          1. re: RB Hound

            "I hereby retract my post a few months ago which suggested you may have been exaggerating about burger joint proliferation."

            I got my finger on the pulse, so to speak.

            "What neighborhood would one call 10th & Broadway? A map I saw suggests it is "Core - Columbia", which is something you don't hear very often."

            East Village?

            I am sure if we give the real estate brokers some time they will come up with something ludicrous.

            Maybe "Bel Air Broadway" or "Beverly Hills Broadway" or "Soho San Diego" or something.

              1. re: stevewag23

                East Village is a made up name. The area is and has been known by San Diegans who are interested in an authentic SD as the warehouse district... but the developers and new residents moving in didn't like the ring of that.... so they came up with this silly moniker East Village.. WTF is that supposed to mean? Whatever....I am surprised Hodad's is opening outside of a beach area tho.

            1. re: stevewag23

              "San Diego is non-stop burger joints these days."

              This is happening in other cities across the country. Just returned from Scottsdale on a business trip and was pretty surprise at the number of burger joints, faux upscale, popping up there.

              1. re: globocity

                Not surprising. I think it is kind of a down economy thing.

                Scottsdale and San Diego actually seem to run parallel on trends.

                1. re: stevewag23

                  "Scottsdale and San Diego actually seem to run parallel on trends."
                  I agree. In fact, most of the people standing in line at places like Hodad's and Kono's are Arizonans.
                  Maybe someday I'll cease to be amazed by the sheer number of crowds patronizing a restaurant purely based on hype.

            2. Isn't anyone coming to Hodad's' defense here? I think they do an excellent burger, and I like the idea of not having to haul out to OB to get it. GF isn't much of a burger fan, but she'll go with me to Hodad's.

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              1. re: Steve Green

                Why would I come to their defense?

                Commodity meat - strike 1
                Commodity bread - strike 2

                There's nothing distinctive about their product at all, unless you consider super-thick slices of tomato and onion such that you cannot fit the burger in your mouth distinctive.

                It's a place to get a decent burger if you're in OB. I see no difference between them and any other place selling CAFO-raised commodity beef burgers.

                1. re: Josh

                  To me, it's just a very tasty burger, notwithstanding its lack of pedigree. I _like_ the large amounts of tomato, lettuce, and onion. YMMV.

                  1. re: Steve Green

                    I think Hodad's fits a specific market. Half your Chowhounds on here would suggest you hop on a plane to L.A., San Fran, or N.Y. for dinner rather than eat in San Diego, so I'd clearly not expect them to revel in the hype that is Hodad's. For the rest of us however..Hodad's is Hodad's and we love it for that reason.
                    Regarding a second location? Who know it could severely tarnish the "style" and atmosphere that OB has afforded them...or it could add a new element. either way...
                    I'm always game for a periodic trip to Hodad's.

                    1. re: Josh


                      Have you been to O'brothers yet?

                      I haven't, but I friend did and claimed its better than burger lounge.

                      Grass fed.

                      1. re: stevewag23

                        Not grass fed, organic. Still grain fed, so not a place I'm interested in.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          I just ate at O'Brothers yesterday. Not bad. Haven't been to Burger Lounge yet so I can't give a comparison, though. They did have a nice selection of organic beers -- too bad I had to go back to work after lunch or I might have tried one.

                          Looks like their beef is locally-grown and comes from Homegrown Meats in La Jolla (whose website is all about grass-fed beef ... if this isn't grass-fed, then Homegrown has a different line of local organic beef to sell to restaurants?). Confusing.

                          Not cheap, but I'll probably be back.

                          1. re: The Office Goat

                            If they're using Homegrown, then that is a big change from what they were selling before - though it should be noted that not all the beef Homegrown sells is from Palomar. They also deal in USDA Prime, which is still corn fed. At Homegrown you have to ask specifically for the local Palomar stuff, which is grass-fed.

                            1. re: Josh

                              I'm no expert on any of this, I'm just going off what's on the front page of their website:

                              'Our beef is born and raised here in San Diego (in the vibrant, oak-lined meadows of Palomar mountain), the cheese is made here in Petaluma, CA. Buns come from here in Boulder, CO."

                              ^^And the "here" linked above for the beef is to Homegrown's front page.

                              1. re: The Office Goat

                                Good to know. Sounds like they changed since opening, since they definitely weren't doing that at the outset. I will definitely make it a point to check them out.

                                1. re: Josh

                                  They are no longer using Homegrown Meats. As I was told today by the owner, "[they] just won't bring the price down enough for me." They're currently using grain-finished beef, but I don't recall the source. O'Brothers should probably update their website.

                                  188 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA

                                  1. re: Señor Andy

                                    Josh will be thrilled to know that.

                                    1. re: cstr

                                      Yeah, they're off the xmas card list for sure.

                    2. re: Josh

                      I find Hodads to have a very good burger. I appreciate the large slice of Tomato on a burger. I wish the fries were smaller and not so wedgy. They also have a great shake.

                      I find burger lounge burgers to lack tast.

                      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                        I dunno - to me Burger Lounge's burgers taste like beef, as opposed to ketchup and onion.

                        1. re: Josh

                          We recently went to the station and I found their burgers to very good and they had a good beer selection too.

                          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                            I like the veggie burgers there. Commodity meat, alas.

                  2. there'll be plenty of burgers in the area what with Neighborhood and C Star within walking distance of that location...