Austin's Beloved Hopdoddy Burger Bar Is Coming To California

What could be better than burgers and beer? How about a bar that focuses exclusively on hoppy artisan beers and handmade burgers? Austin knows what's up. The small Texas-based burger and beer chain, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, is expanding west and opening three new locations in Southern California later this year. We like to think of it as a Manifest Sudstiny of sorts.

"Hopdoddy is eager to share its philosophy of peace, love and burgers with the West Coast," said Dan Mesches, president and CEO of Hopdoddy, in a statement. "We are dedicated to selecting neighborhoods that share a similar commitment to community and supporting a mindfully sourced agricultural economy to assure the same level of quality at all of our locations."

Hopdoddy's name combines hops with "doddy" (the nickname of a cow native to Scotland). Californians will be getting antibiotic- and hormone-free beef patties, house-cut fries, and hand-spun shakes, as well as plenty of artisan beers on tap and cocktails. Some samples of burgers on the menu include an Ahi tuna burger and the Ghostland Burgatory, made with extremely spicy ghost peppers.

Fingers crossed that In-N-Out starts serving beer to compete. Anyone up for a round of animal-style fries and IPA?