Eats beat: Hopdoddy tries Dallas on for size

Posted 9:14am on Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2012

South Austin's favorite burger finally came north.

A new Hopdoddy Burger Bar is open in Dallas' Preston Center, bringing the best of South Congress Avenue to infinitely less funky Luther Lane.

If you're wondering why you're reading about a Dallas burger grill, Hopdoddy is more than another diner.

It was founded by the original owners of Eddie V's, and shows the same devotion to detail. The burgers are hand-packed and fresh, and the thin Kennebec french fries with chipotle ketchup have their own cult following.

For light-minded Dallas, Hopdoddy has added a black bean-corn veggie burger with avocado and Texas goat cheese ($8).

The regular menu includes eight hamburgers or cheeseburgers such as poblano-bacon or chili-cheddar with Fritos, plus a bison-Buffalo-blue cheese burger, lamb, turkey or tuna, all for $6-$12.

Also new for Dallas: more salads, including a watermelon-feta-baby kale salad with arugula and a pomegranate vinaigrette ($9).

A signature Hopdoddy meal must include beer hops, so the Dallas location features not only Austin beers but also Fort Worth's Rahr.

It'll be interesting to see how Dallas responds to the Austin-social ordering system: You line up past the bar, order a drink and wait for a table number, then proceed to the order counter and finally on a row-by-row search for the assigned location.

Hopdoddy is open for lunch and dinner daily at 6030 Luther Lane, two blocks east of the Dallas North Tollway; 214-363-2337, hopdoddy.com.

One more suggestion for a State Fair trip to Dallas: Emporium Pies.

The former pop-up temporary pie bakery has settled into an old home in the Bishop Arts District, site of pie pleasure daily (slogan: "Fine Pies For Fine Folk").

Emporium's must-try pie is a caramel-butterscotch meringue "Cloud Nine," but other pies come with distinctive crusts: bourbon-pecan on a shortbread-cookie crust, French silk chocolate on a pretzel crust or pumpkin on a crushed-ginger-snap crust.

Emporium's owners are young, but the spirit is as old as the flavor of the traditional buttermilk pie or the deep-dish apple streusel.

It's open at lunch and dinner hours Wednesday through Sunday (but only sells pie); 314 N. Bishop Ave., 469-206-6126, emporiumpies.com.

Also new and interesting in Dallas: East Hampton Sandwich Co., a gourmet sandwich cafe with New England traditions such as lobster rolls for the SMU crowd; 6912 Snider Plaza, University Park, 214-363-2888, ehsandwich.com.

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