|The Habit Burger Grill in Alameda, CA|
It's only been open a few days, but as soon as the doors opened at 11 this morning, and despite the rain, several people (including my wife and I) were in line and ready to eat. We were excited to try Habit Burger after seeing it on Bloomberg TV when it went public with a stock offering. I've also read about it on a few blogs I follow including Grub Street.
The Habit Burger Grill is one of many new "casual fast food" burger joints such as Shake Shack which offer a tastier and more natural alternative to traditional fast food hamburgers such as McDonald's. Started in 1969 in Goleta, California (near Santa Barbara), Habit Burger just hit the big time with its stock offering last year.
After placing your order, you get a buzzer so you can sit at a table until your meal is ready for you to pick up. There is a condiment bar with peppers, and several types of tea at the drink station including strawberry lemonade (very tart and refreshing -- it's nice to enjoy a less-sweet drink once in a while).
|Double charburger with cheese at The Habit Burger Grill|
|Tri tip sandwich at The Habit Burger Grill|
|Tempura green beans at Habit Burger|
|Onion rings at Habit Burger|
|Coffee shake with whipped cream at Habit Burger|
You can also get salads with chicken, and for the kids there is a grilled cheese sandwich.
It's not all about the fresh ingredients and taste. Part of what Habit Burger offers is better service than a traditional fast food place. One of the staff visited us during our meal to ask how we liked it.
Welcome to Alameda, Habit Burger!
|Steve's Been There|