A freelance writer on a lifelong mission to discover the world's greatest milkshake. Enjoying writing along the way.
Published October 14th 2015
The start of a beautiful burger safari across Los Angeles
Okay, here's the deal: I'm new to Los Angeles, and have decided the best thing to do with my meal-eating opportunities is to embark on something of a Burger Safari. And while I have been curating a list of places I absolutely need to visit before my epic quest is over, it has to start somewhere, right? Well, start I have and it began at The Habit Burger Grill in North Hollywood for no other reason than it was the closest to my apartment.
I have to confess, I'd never heard of The Habit it's no In-N-Out Burger or Five Guys - but it's definitely a tasty option. While it's not as prevalent as your less desirable burger options like McDonald's, The Habit is common enough that you won't be far from one in this city if you're after a reliably familiar meal that's on the 'taste over speed' side of fast food.
For newbies, let me break it down for you you'll walk into the store and there is one maybe two server taking orders, so there's plenty of time for you to peruse the menu and decide which burger is going to join you on the mysterious journey of lunch time. With mouthwatering options that span from a fairly standard cheeseburger to a truly tempting Tempura Jalepeno Charburger, you're not going to get bored of the selection anytime soon.
The Buzzer - your best friend until you get your burger.
You'll order, and be handed a buzzer, which you'll exchange for your food later, so don't, whatever you do, lose this buzzer (I say this, only in case you haven't experienced this before which is unlikely, but possible). So don't expect instant gratification at The Habit. I waited around 10 minutes for my burger at lunch time on a Sunday.
I opted for a simple Charburger, which as standard, comes with mayonnaise, pickle, lettuce, fresh tomato, and caremalised onion on a perfectly toasted bun. Confession: I can't stomach pickles or onion, and uncooked tomato is something I prefer to avoid, so I opted to have those left off. What's great about The Habit is they are happy to accommodate any requests like that making ordering a breeze, and stress-free for the somewhat picky eater.
What's fun about The Habit is their sides. While you can definitely go for a basket of French fries to accompany your burger, you could also substitute for onion rings or a Caesar Salad. I chose your run-of-the-mill fries to go with my Charburger, and they were more than adequate. The order that came with my 'combo' were definitely enough to share between two, which is great if you're on a date. Though you'll want to grab some salt or ketchup on your way past the condiments bar. If you want to try something very different, give the Tempura Green Beans a go fresh cut green beans lightly battered and flash fried to perfection sounds too good to pass up the next time I'm visiting a Habit.
The standard Charburger with a side of French fries. Gets the job done nicely.
As a self-proclaimed milkshake aficionado, I was disappointed in myself for not trying one of The Habit's shakes, but my burger and fries conquered my stomach before I had a chance to order one. Also available are a selection of soft-serve sundaes and cones, if, unlike myself, you know how to properly prepare for a meal in America.
Dιcor-wise, The Habit is pretty standard don't go in expecting the low-key sophistication of Umami Burger, but if you're used to enjoying a Whopper at Burger King, you'll be in for a pleasant surprise. The afore-mentioned condiment bar is a nice touch allowing you the opportunity to add sauce and peppers to your meal as your taste and heat-tolerance allows.
All-in-all, The Habit is a great choice for a casual lunch. I didn't feel like I was being rushed out of the dining room once I had finished eating in fact, my friend and I sat chatting for well over an hour before we left. Prices are definitely favourable, with a standard burger, fries, and drink coming in under $10. As far as places to start one's burger safari of Los Angeles, The Habit was great.