Openings and Closings

Hopdoddy Is Open in Uptown, and There's Something about That Thunderbird Sandwich

Last week the newest location of Hopdoddy opened on McKinney Avenue in the old Frankie's Sports Bar space. By Friday the line for lunch-time burger action reached out the door.

If you've chomped your way through any of Hopdoddy's sloppy burger creations at the Preston Center location, you'll know what to expect. The only real difference between the two locations is the layout, and a bit more outdoor seating on the Uptown patio. Still, the new location gives you another excuse to check out one of the burgers you may have missed so far, and the restaurant is a welcome addition to this part of McKinney Avenue.

Speaking of new-to-me menu items, I stopped in to check out the Thunderbird chicken burger. When I reviewed the Preston Center location a year-and-a-half ago I gave the turkey burger a shot, and reaffirmed that poultry patties just aren't for me. They're too dry. This chicken burger, though, had a ton of support. Roasted poblanos, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, pico, avocado and super crisp bacon turned this sandwich into an experience.

I ordered the Thunderbird twice, just to make sure my first experience wasn't an anomaly. (Also because I wanted a second chicken burger.) It's so juicy your paper-lined try will be a puddle when you're done, let alone what will happen to your hands, wrists, elbows and face. In fact, it made me think about a blog post we published a while back lamenting the grilled chicken sandwich. If only all grilled chicken sandwiches were this burger. The world would be a better place.

With all that bacon, cheese and avocado I won't kid you into thinking this is a healthy sandwich, but it does feel a little bit lighter than your standard bacon cheeseburger experience and it's delicious in its own right -- whatever your motivation.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 3227 McKinney Ave., (214) 871-2337,