Today I headed out with a coworker to The Habit, one of my favorite burger joints. This Habit is located at Zinfandel at Data Dr and is part of the Capital Village shopping center. We arrived at about 11:15 and I was surprised at how quiet it was. This is usually one of the busier lunch spots in the area. On a Friday at this time I would expect a line out the door.
We headed in and were 2nd in line. The staff here run like a well oiled machine. They are as efficient as In’n’Out and (somehow) more polite than Chick Fil-a. I stepped up and ordered the Santa Barbra Cobb (Crisp shredded iceberg, and romaine, diced tomatoes, chunky avocado, blue cheese crumbles, crisp bacon, egg, and grilled chicken breast, tossed in our red wine vinaigrette dressing)[$7.75]. The cashier, whom I’ve ordered with many times before, tripped herself up on some questions. She had started to ask about toppings for the Santa Barbra Style Charburger, but realized immediately those didn’t apply to the salad and started laughing about it. She almost asked if I wanted fries with that but cut herself off and offered the drink only, which I said yes to.
All paid up, I stuck the pager in my pocket and headed over the the soda machine as usual, realizing when I got there that I didn’t have a cup in my hand. I checked the register again to see if I left it there but to no avail. Before I asked for it I checked my receipt and I didn’t see a drink on it, so somehow she missed that part. This is very unusual in my experience, I almost never have ordering errors at the habit. I simply asked another employee for a water cup and grabbed a seat. Our food took about 10 minutes. My coworker had actually ordered the Santa Barbra Style Charburger (Double Char with Cheese & Avocado on Grilled Sourdough), which looked fantastic (I have to admit I took last Friday off from the blog because I was really craving one).
My salad was ready a few minutes after his burger and I collected it from the counter. They really shred the lettuce up here quite a bit, and the eggs are diced super small. Actually, just about everything other than the chicken is very finely chopped up. The chicken, by the way, is some of the best grilled chicken I’ve had on a salad so far. They charbroil it just like their beef patties and it gets wonderful crisp grill marks that have a nice bit of flavor to them. Aside from that the chicken was hot and tender, so just right. The guacamole was fantastic, and it is among some of the best guacamole in the area, especially fast food-wise. Overall this is one of my favorite salads. This is one of the rare cases where I would actually go and order this pretty commonly even before I started the blog. I’m sure I will continue to do so. One thing I kind of wish I added that I think is new on the menu is tempura green beans. I saw someone walk by with an order of them and they looked awesome. Next time…