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Hodad's Burgers in Ocean Beach California

Updated on June 8, 2012

Hodad's has big burgers!

Are you looking for the biggest cheeseburgers you have ever seen? Hoedad's in Ocean Beach California is the place you will find them!

Hodad = fake surfer

Hodad's Burgers = real deal
Hodad's Burgers = real deal

Hodad's Cheeseburgers are a mouthful!

Double Bacon Cheeseburger from Hodad's
Double Bacon Cheeseburger from Hodad's

What is a Hodad?

Just what exactly is a Hodad anyway? A Hodad is a person who acts like a surfer but really doesn’t know how to surf. You know, the one who dresses the part but doesn’t really know how to play the game.

Well, when it comes to Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, California, this definition certainly does not apply. This restaurant not only looks like a cool spot to eat, but can deliver in the food department too!

Guy Fieri loves Hodad's

I first heard of Hodad’s while watching an episode of Diner’s, Drive-In’s, and Dives. Guy Fieri described this dining experience as “off the hook” and he certainly was right. Later, on the Food Network show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”, in the episode called, “With Bacon”, Guy Fieri featured the Hodad’s Bacon Burger once again. This burger is so great it made Guy come back for more!

Once you visit Hodad’s you will come back for more too.

My family enjoying Hodad's Double Bacon Cheeseburger

That Hodad's burger is a two hander!
That Hodad's burger is a two hander!

Hodad's on Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives

Hodad's is the real deal!

Located on the corner of Newport Ave and Bacon Street, just one block away from the beach in Ocean Beach, California, Hodad’s  is the ultimate in casual dining.  Their motto, “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” is apparent as you see lines of hungry beach goers in flip flops and bathing suits waiting to experience the best hamburger in San Diego.  The line of patrons is evidence that Hodad’s is “the real deal”. 

Hodad's Ocean Beach, California

Come hungry to Hodad's!
Come hungry to Hodad's!

Mike Hardin is the owner of Hodad's

Full of tattoos and smiles, Mike Hardin is serving up some good food at Hodad's.
Full of tattoos and smiles, Mike Hardin is serving up some good food at Hodad's.

Mike Hardin has been in the business of burgers for forty years.

Mike Hardin is the man behind the greatest burgers in Ocean Beach.  Growing up in the burger business, Mike was 10 years old when his parents, Bryon and Virginia, opened up their first burger joint in El Cajon, California.  It was called, “Hardin’s Barrel”. That was in 1969, and almost forty years later Mike is still flippin’ burgers in a big way. 

Hodad's Burger Experience

Hodad's handmade strawberry shake.

Look at that ice cream sidecar!
Look at that ice cream sidecar!

Big appetities need big food. Hodad's is the place to go.

Hodad’s is famous for its BIG food. They not only have big burgers but they have big mouthwatering onion rings and big handmade malts and shakes too. If you are really hungry order a DOUBLE bacon cheeseburger, but be prepared to get one of the biggest burgers you have ever seen. It includes two good –size hamburger patties, piled inside a toasted sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. AND a special bacon patty, cooked a special way exclusive to Hodad’s.

Big order of onion rings Hodad's style.

This order is definitely made to be shared!
This order is definitely made to be shared!

Hodad's is happening!

Hodad’s unique décor adds to the ambiance of the experience.  The place is a combination of funky and eclectic, with old license plates covering the walls, along with the front of a VW Bus made into a booth to eat in.  Mike claims no lessons in interior design and explains that the place “just happened.”

Waiting in line outside of Hodad's in Ocean Beach

Seating at the counter allows you to watch the beach traffic as it cruises by.
Seating at the counter allows you to watch the beach traffic as it cruises by.

Hodad's Double Cheeseburger

Doesn't the picture just speak for itself?  Is your mouth watering yet?
Doesn't the picture just speak for itself? Is your mouth watering yet?

Hodad's Too?

Rumor has it that Mike Hardin is opening another restaurant in Carlsbad, California, called, “Hodad’s Too”, but we have yet to see that happen.

Until that happens, hop in a plane, take the bus, or hop in your car and cruise down to Ocean Beach, California, for a total cheeseburger experience.  I promise you will be glad you did!  Don't just listen to me... Guy Fieri recommended it too!

Hodad's Burgers- Check it out!

Hodad's Burgers:
5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, USA

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Hodad's Burgers 5010 Newport Avenue San Diego, CA 92107-3010 Get Directions (619) 224-4623


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    • ChristinCordle12 profile image


      7 years ago

      Mouth-watering burgers!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      @Megavitamin- This is one restaurant that Guy has recommended that is truly amazing. You will love Hodad's, everything you order there is "off the hook!"

    • Megavitamin profile image


      8 years ago

      I love Triple D! I have been checking out some of Guy's recommendations around LA. I will definitely hit up Hodad's next time I'm in Ocean Beach. Great hub!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      @ maggs224- Yes, these Hodad's burgers are the real deal... not just on TV but in the real world too! Thanks for the vote up!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      @eovery- What a cool mission to be called to! I bet he has seen a ton of good restaurants in Long Beach too.

      @hello, hello- Let me know where to send these Hodad's Burgers and you got a deal!

    • maggs224 profile image


      8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I saw that episode just this week on the Food Channel the burgers really did look humungous, it is so good to know that they are as big in real life and not just for the TV presenter.

      Very good hub I really enjoyed seeing this experience on the TV with Guy Fieri but even more I enjoyed seeing this through the eyes of your Hub.

      I voted you up

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, they are woppers. Can you send some over?

    • eovery profile image


      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Yeah, it good to see you writing again.

      My son is in the Long Beach Mission. He loves it down there. He is Spanish speaking.

      Keep on hubbing!


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