Located on a San Diego beachside, Hodad's offers some of the West Coast's biggest hamburgers. According to Forbes Traveler, the most popular menu item, the double, weighs in at well over half a pound and is piled with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. Hodad's famously messy burgers come wrapped in wax paper, which owner Mike Hardin half-jokingly calls a "burger trough." Do as the locals do and order a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a shake. Lesser appetites can order an "unburger"--all of the toppings, none of the burger.
In April 2009, CNN named Hodad's one of the "five tasty burger joints worth visiting" and Hodad's has also been featured on the Food Network, appearing on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in August 2008 and on The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Bacon in June 2009.
"They have a burger where they make a bacon patty that goes on top of the burger that is just ridiculous," said Fieri. It's his belief that all ingredients in a burger must co-exist and compliment one another for a great experience.
Hodad's Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe