I recently took a weekend trip to Austin, Texas and it was super awesome. Upon our arrival, we immediately parked the car and went to a gluten-free burger place called Hopdoddy’s.
Here’s the thing – it’s not the kind of restaurant that you just give your name, wait for a table, and go sit down. Instead, you are given an experience.
Step 1: Get in line
Yes, I said that right – there’s a line…it actually wraps around the side of the building outside and then goes all the way through the restaurant. Now, I’m usually an impatient person, especially when it comes to waiting for food, but this was fun.
Step 2: Drink in line
When you’re outside, a server walks through the line and takes drink orders. You better bet your bottom dollar that I ordered myself a margarita! Then, with drink in hand, you are able to people watch as you wait, and let me tell you, S. Congress Street in Austin, Texas is prime real estate when it comes to people watching.
Step 3: Order your burger
The staff is super friendly at Hopdoddy’s. I don’t know if I’m just used to rude people, but if I was at a restaurant in Ohio that was as busy as Hopdoddy’s was, the staff would not be as conversational during the ordering process.
When we ordered our burger, I asked the employee about their gluten-free buns and he said they make everything in-house with Austin’s Bona Dea Baking Company gluten-free flour. I think that’s pretty darn awesome. He then noted my order and my sister’s as gluten free.
Step 4: Sit down at assigned table
After you order, you sit down at the table that was assigned to you as you were standing in line. We sat there for a few minutes before our food was brought out to us.
When I saw my burger and fries coming my way, I swear it was love at first sight. Just look at that? Absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering just remembering the taste of the homemade gluten-free bun and amazing burger.
Step 5: Eat your gluten-free heart out
I literally ate every last bite of the meal. Maybe it was because I was hungry or maybe it was because I had vacation mentality (calories don’t count when you’re on vacation).
If you’re in Austin, you have to give Hopdoddy’s a try. It’s not just good gluten-free food, but it’s an experience. Waiting in line there is actually fun to do, especially when you have a margarita in your hand!
**It is always recommended to ask the staff about the gluten-free preparation process when visiting a restaurant to ensure processes have not changed and that you will feel safe dining there.