Lil’ Doddy; burgers, bar and a burglar


Photo by: Rey Grey

GETTIN’ THE GRUB: Lil’ Doddy’s Classic Cheeseburgers and truffle fries are ready to be served up. The classic cheeseburger comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and an option of one or two quarter pound patties, all at the price of around $7, with no add-ins.

Gracie Angeli, Reviews Editor

I love food, a lot. I also like to try new things, and see the cool restaurants and activities our city has to offer.

All of this in mind, I was very excited to try Lil’ Doddy, the new restaurant that opened April 15, on William Cannon.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s reach is expanding, and has opened up a new location under the name Lil’ Doddy.

Lil’ Doddy is located at 4625 W William Cannon Dr #3, Austin, TX 78749, and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday.

The new Hopdoddy’s location is meant to be more casual and faster-paced, with a new take on the beloved name.

They serve burgers, fries, salads, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

I went around lunch time on a Wednesday, so it was about the busiest that they get on a weekday.

Parking was difficult to find, and the line to take orders almost went to the door.

I also noticed that in the outdoor sitting area, there was an area set for a line outside, which showed that a line going all the way out to the parking lot can be expected.

It was already so busy and uncomfortable that I can’t imagine going on a weekend night when everyone is looking to eat.

Walking in, it was incredibly busy and loud, and there were people everywhere. I was immediately surprised by the crowd on a Wednesday afternoon, but felt that it was a good indication of the reputation of their food. I have heard a lot of people talking about their new opening, and that they were excited to go.

A worker near the front takes your order as a group on a tablet, and then another worker separates them at the register, if you want to pay for your individual orders separately.

It was so loud in there that the employees had a hard time hearing our orders, which resulted in some mix-ups, but eventually we got it figured out.

It took a lot longer than intended, but they opened just a few weeks ago, so it is understandable that they are still working their system out.

They then gave us a table number, and we had to go and find our table.

All the tables inside were full so we had to eat outside, which was not bad other than it being hot and humid. While they can’t control the weather, a few ceiling fans in the sitting area would have been nice.

The setup outside did feel kind of odd. All of the tables were very close together, staggered at weird angles. I felt uncomfortably close to our neighbors the whole time.

The actual food was pretty good. I got the classic cheeseburger, which is exactly like it sounds, and I enjoyed it.

I like any kind of French fries, so I was happy with those. They serve kennebec fries, and kennebec potatoes are just a type white potato. I didn’t know that so while waiting in line I looked it up on my phone. I didn’t realize there are so many different kinds of potatoes, so that’s cool.

The beef was a little bland, and since I only got cheese, lettuce and tomato, there was not a whole lot of other flavor. It was a good burger, but it didn’t taste particularly special or worth the extra money. I definitely don’t think I would pay $6.75 for that burger often.

I personally think that it is overpriced, but that is to be expected, since it is a branch off of Hopdoddy, and that is a popular and trendy restaurant.

I think that the prices should be reduced at least a little from Hopdoddy, since Hopdoddy is downtown and in a wealthy, touristy area.

It is nice to have a cool restaurant more local to Bowie, only a few minutes away. It feels like a downtown and trendy place, only in a random parking lot.

I went with two of my friends, and they both said that the food made them feel sick afterwards, and they regretted getting their burgers.

I felt fine after going, and was confident in my food decisions, but it is a little alarming that they both felt sick from the food. Then again, it is fast food, and that can make your stomach feel weird, so maybe it just comes with the territory.

The whole time I felt a little overwhelmed because of all of the people and noise, and also with having to spend $7 on a simple cheeseburger.

For me,  this is one of those things where once you go, you are satisfied and feel like you have seen enough. It was a cool experience and I am glad I got to go, but I doubt I will go again soon.

I have not been to Hopdoddy in years though, so it would be cool to go now so I compare the two restaurants.