Burgers and Brews
Go a little upscale this Father's Day at three spots where the craft beer flows and the burgers are ground with care.
Hopdoddy is a true burger bar. The buns are baked fresh daily in the restaurant’s ovens. The beef is superior to your average chuck. The meats butchered and ground in-house. Texas Akaushi beef creates the base for Hopdoddy’s Primetime burger. Slathered with truffle aioli and steak sauce, the flavor is intensified by an amalgam of ingredients: melted Brie that oozes with each bite, sweet caramelized onions and fresh arugula that adds a dash of peppery vigor. Other burgers feature Angus ground beef, bison and sushi-grade tuna. Draft beers range from the hyperlocal Anaheim Brewery’s signature hefeweizen to Orange-based Valiant Brewing Co’s Citco Citrus IPA.
Hopdoddy, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337 :: hopdoddy.com
A juicy cheeseburger at Fashion Island’s R + D Kitchen never disappoints. The formula is classic: fluffy egg bun, medium-rare beef patty and slices of red tomato. For an exotic twist, pair it with an imported Koshihikari Echigo rice beer from Japan’s first microbrewery.
R + D Kitchen, owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group, recently featured in Bon Appétit for its quintessential take on Americana cuisine, is a relaxed lunchtime stop. If you are looking to take Dad to a place that’s no fuss but also doesn’t skimp on the quality, this is the spot.
R + D Kitchen, 555 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.219.0555 :: rd-kitchen.com
Stints at his father and grandfather’s LA restaurants set the groundwork for Mike Simms’ foray into the culinary world. In 2009, the surfer-cum-restaurateur took his know-how from Cornell’s hospitality school and his years managing restaurants to open Simmzy’s, a burger joint with a rotating selection of craft beer. When he sought out his first OC location, Huntington Beach’s Pacific City was a natural fit. Beachgoers saunter in and order a beer from the rotating selection curated from breweries, such as Old Orange Cussin’ Jim to Simmzy’s signature hefeweizen. The burgers are served with melted cheddar, sliced tomato and lettuce. What make this different than your average burger is the Southern-inspired chow chow onions.
Simmzy’s, 21028 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.831.1240 :: simmzys.com