Hops Burger Bar - Casual RestaurantFood ★★★★☆ Ambiance ★★★☆☆Service ★★★★☆Creativity ★★★★☆ Value ★★★★☆meal for 2 $20 -25 plus drinksLarge Beer Selection and Bar
This is my third visit to Hops Burger Bar. Unfortunately I have only eaten there twice. About a month ago I went and the wait for lunch was over 1 hour. This time the plan was to show up 15 minutes before they opened. Even at 10:45 in the morning, there were about 15 people waiting for the door to open. It is hard to imagine a burger place being so popular that people line up at 10:45 in the morning!
I recently went to Big Burger Spot and today will be a good comparison of the two burger restaurants. I frequently go to Big Burger Spot and the menus are fairly similar, but is Hops Burger Bar that much better to earn the top Burger in the Country? Well, my opinion is, Hops is Hands Down better.
Hops Burger Bar burger was juicier.
Hops Burgers bar had better presentation
Hops Burger Bar has MUCH better ambiance
Hops Burger Bar has Beer (with a name like Hops they better!)
The food is close, but Hops Burger Bar is a notch above.
Hops Burger Bar is a small pub-like restaurant with about 45 seats. They do have a bar and an outside seating area. Expect long waits if you go at popular times. Hops Burger Bar will be opening a new location soon, and this may reduce waits. The restaurant has a very pleasing pub like atmosphere and it is very clean and well maintained.
Today I had the French Onion Burger with Parmesan Jalapeño Fries. The burger had caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, roasted garlic and thyme aioli with a side of french onion gravy (think french onion soup with extra starch). Choices were 6 or 8 oz burger patty. The presentation was excellent (for a burger) and it was perfectly cooked and VERY juicy. The caramelized onions could have been caramelized more to give more brown caramelized onion notes. I would say the onions were more sautéed than caramelized. but overall the burger was excellent
The side of Parmesan Jalapeño Fries would have been perfect if the fries were served fresh out of the fryer. By the time the plate hit my table, I would estimate that they sat around for 10-15 minutes. Really as shame as the combination was perfect. Lots of grated Parmesan with plenty of seeded Jalapeños. Very Tasty, just a bit soggy.
Our waitress mentioned the most popular fries were the Truffle Oil and Parmesan, Garlic and Rosemary and the Nacho. I previously had the Truffle Oil and Parmesan and the Garlic and Rosemary. Both were excellent.
The Nacho had chili, cheddar, jalapeños, sour cream and salsa and wow was the plate huge. This is enough to be a meal for 2 -3 people. Really too big. Hops Burger Bar is VERY generous with the toppings on the Nacho Fries and for $6 this is a bargain. The only downside, is the fries do get soggy fast with that much toppings.
The wait staff was very attentive without being pushy. You are allowed to enjoy your food without feeling they are trying to push you out the door. All of the staff also seemed truly committed to serving you good food and making sure you are happy. Great staff.
The food is a bit expensive considering it is a burger joint. A burger with a premium fry side is about $10 (plus or minus) which is on the high end of burgers. But remember you are getting a much better burger than what you would get elsewhere and I personally think it is worth the extra couple of dollars and the crowds that show up show others feel the same way.