Habit Burger now in Walnut Creek
I know this is a chain but it is new to our area. 1255 S. California Boulevard in Walnut Creek. Anybody eaten at other locations, mostly Southern California? The web site looks great but then again, the proof is always in the eating - http://www.habitburger.com/
Since then they've appeared all over the bay, with the latest one in opening in Fremont just a couple of months ago. It's in the shiny new part of Pacific Commons, between the movie theater and the Target.
I got a BBQ bacon charburger, add cheese (American). Patty was a bit on the flavorless side, but the bacon was nice and crispy, and the fries were great. For four-bucks-something, not bad, although it's not going to put a dent in my In-N-Out rotation. Friend had the tri-tip, to which he added a patty (!!!), and he really enjoyed it.
Reports on y*lp indicate a "secret" Santa Barbara item with avocado and sourdough, which I'll try if I'm back in the area.
The Habit Burger Grill
43830 Pacific Commons Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
When Consumer Reports named Habit the best fast food burger this month, I started getting lots of questions about it. So I dropped by the Rohnert Park location in the Graton Casino to try for myself.
$3.95 for a cheezeburger with American and $2.95 for fried green beans, plus a buzzer to let me know when my order would be ready. "Medium well" was as rare as the system would let me order. Best I can say about that is that the meat wasn't completely grayed out and if I squinted, maybe there was a bit of pink tone. More importantly, the patty was not dried out and stayed relatively moist. The promised char-grilled was pretty faint on the bland beef patty. Nice assembly with caramelized onions and shredded lettuce, and the sesame bun was as toasty as can be.
Dipping sauces were self-serve, and I gravitated to the ranch and hot sauce. Lightly battered and not greasy beans were pretty good, just not tasting that much like green beans.