Food + Wine

World's Best Beach Food

Bacon Double Cheeseburgers in San Diego

The beach: Point Loma at Ocean Beach in San Diego

The place: Hodad's, the legendary beach burger joint

The dish: The famous, intimidating bacon double cheeseburger

Just as any list of great beach food must include a fish taco, so must it include a tip of the cap to the city of San Diego. San Diego produces some damn fine beach food, including the grub at Hodad's, one block from Ocean Beach. Recently ranked no. 1 in a locals-only poll of the best burger in San Diego, Hodad's also regularly tops lists of the best burgers in the nation. Hodad's fans are numerous, ferocious, and sometimes a little scary—almost as scary as the sheer vertical height of the bacon double cheeseburger. If you can get your jaws around it, you're either a velociraptor or very determined; in either case, congratulations. So what's the genius of the Hodad's burger? Is it the bacon that's formed into two bacon patties rather than layered on in strips, allowing even distribution of bacon-y goodness across both burger patties? Is it that you can request your burger "SAC-ed," creating a triple threat of Swiss, American, and cheddar? Best to examine these sacred questions for yourself. But skip the busy, crowded dining room and get your burgers to go, the better to enjoy them while watching the surfers on Ocean Beach, a classic strip of California beach with swaying palms and a long pier. Hodad's apostles suggest a dip in the ocean to clean up afterward, anyway.

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Hodad's
5010 Newport Avenue
San Diego, California
(619) 224-4623

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