One late evening a month or so back, a friend and I decided to cap off a long workday with a beer and burger at Hodad's (original OB location). Hodad's probably by far has been the most famous burger joint in SD but with subsequent episodes on the Foodnetwork, the popularity with tourists seems to have gone into overdrive. Our visit though was about an hour before closing, parking was easy and the place without a line whatsoever. It felt kinda nice to be a local where an impromptu visit like the night was easy to do. In Japanese slang we say Jimotee (ジモティー) Status. Maybe I only say it, but anyway...
Shared an order of Frings ($5.75). Piping hot and great, couldn't finish it even between the two. The friend just had a Mini Bacon Hamburger ($5.25). I never had the mini burger but it looked practically identical to my vertically colossal standard sized (like say, the Japan-only JBL 4312M 3-way bookshelf speakers that are a miniature replica of the classic full-size 4312's) except for the non-sesame seeded bun (and in this case ordered without cheese).
And here is be my beautiful looking burger - a Single Bacon Cheeseburger ($6.75). Look at all that wonderful veggies! A quick side note, a close out-of-town friend once asked me after having his first In-N-Out Double-Double why there were so much vegetables in the burger. My answer was for balance, but also contrast. So to be able to have a burger as often as possible guilt free perhaps. Hodad's burgers probably lies on the spectrum end of a Californian that is particularly packed with these fresh veggies. Knowing so makes the order of the bacon pretty much a must for a proper Hodad's experience.
This famous bacon patty (a disc of rendered bacon fried under a weight) was especially light and crispy the visit. The contrast of it next to oozy melted cheese was fantastic. Then there was the great char on the warm moist beef patty with that of cold crisp iceberg lettuce, tomato slice, onion. Contrast. Not to forget the toasted buns with wonderful crisp-edges. Textural, temperate and flavoring... Contrast.(!)
Contrast is the secret, is the reason, is the moment, when everything happens. Contrast people! 3-2-1, Contrast!
Example of a burger in town that lacks contrast. SD Five Guys.
Hodad's, 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107