The Habit is a small burger chain with about 100 locations, mostly in California but also spilling over into Arizona and Utah. Founded in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969, The Habit offers a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. The burgers range from the core "original" Charburger to fancy deluxe versions with mushrooms or Teriyaki sauce.
My friend Tom and I tried it out recently. We both opted for the original cheeseburger, his with the default Swiss cheese and mine with American.
The burger tasted fresh and hearty and arrived loaded with condiments including optional grilled onions. As you can see from the pics, they don't skimp when building these sandwiches. And these are just the singles.
Give it a try next time you find yourself near one. It's a nice alternative to the mainstream burger choices.
Check out The Habit page on Fast Food Source for the menu and other handy info.
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As you may recall, Del Taco sent me a mysterious red box at the beginning of the year that contained a bunch of feathers and a rubber turkey. Touting their new line of Turkey Tacos, I had to wait a bit as they didn't roll out until the first weekend of January.
I ordered both the crunchy and soft variety and they are both shown below. You can get any menu item that uses ground beef in turkey instead, although they were just advertising tacos and Crunchtadas at the store.
The turkey tacos taste similar to the seasoned ground beef. These, too, are seasoned and ground. If you close your eyes and don't pay too much attention, you may not even notice you are not eating beef.
The tacos cost a hefty $1.25. That's steep for a basic taco. They try to plus it up by adding chunks of tomato but it is still just a standard 3-topping taco. As you can see above, the ground turkey is dark and richly seasoned. Add in some sauce and you are good to go.
My thoughts? There is a slight aftertaste that is probably more the result of expecting the flavor of beef than an issue with the turkey itself. Otherwise, apart from the tomatoes, there is no real difference between these tacos and their beef kin. They were tasty and satisfying. They advertise these as having 33% less fat than the seasoned beef. For some strange reason, they are not available in Oklahoma. Big cattle lobby maybe?
If you're looking to trim a little fat and still enjoy the flavor of Del Taco, give the Turkey Tacos or Turkey - Anything a try.
Reader Clay sent in the picture below of his recent Wendy's order: The Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun that he received, compared with the one Wendy's food stylists prepared. No TLC went into this sandwich:
Thanks Clay. That is not pretty. I hope it tasted ok.
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