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New Habit Burger Creating a Buzz in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek's latest craving is for The Habit, and for good reason.

Well, have you heard?

Walnut Creek’s latest burger shop, The Habit, is incredibly popular during peak hours. So popular that the line often extends out the door during weekend afternoons.

It’s become a hang-out spot and a place to grab a quick, quality meal. Teenagers, college students, you name it. The Habit’s got it.

The Habit sits in a transformed retail and office complex on the corner of Olympic and South California boulevards. The Habit single-handedly has turned the center into a busy destination. 

The Habit serves their classic Charburger, best known as the “Char." In addition, the restaurant serves a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and kids' meals. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll want to try their shakes, malts and ice cream cones.

The spot is especially popular with teens, with the phrases, “Let’s meet at the Habit,” or “Let’s make it a habit!” being coined.

All this popularity begs the question -- did the Habit folks think that their new burger shop would be this popular?

After all, Walnut Creek has no shortage of places to grab a quality burger. The competition is quite fierce. George's Giant Hamburgers, the Counter, and Hupcaps all are viable burger joints.

Personally, I think the Habit is more popular with Las Lomas students because it offers great taste at affordable prices. A basic Charburger goes for $2.95; an "Original" meal of burger, fries and a drink goes for $5.95. George's is a little run down and has served the same burger for countless years. The food and the ambiance at the Habit are exciting for the Las Lomas community. 

However, The Habit has a relatively small amount of seating and wait times for a “Char” can sometimes exceed eight or so minutes. But, people keep returning. The customer base has done nothing but grow since its opening last holiday season.

So all the long lines and limited seating area to enjoy your burger begs the question: Does the Habit have plans to expand? Did they anticipate such a frenzy surrounding their establishment at peak hours?

When I visited The Habit to ask the manager this very question, he was, not surprisingly, too busy to chat.

Can The Habit’s kitchen and space constraints keep up with its’ fast growing customer base? Would a larger facility suit The Habit?

Just food for thought.

Lorri April 14, 2011 at 09:31 PM
We love The Habit! Seating is very limited, especially when the weather isn't great, but you can always take it to go!
Katie Fries April 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Two reasons The Habit has won me over: they offer milkshakes in flavors other than the standard chocolate and vanilla (mocha, coffee, strawberry) and they cook their fries in a dedicated fryer. This is great for those of us who are gluten intolerant and often have to go without fries due to cross contamination from breaded, fried items.
John N April 14, 2011 at 11:18 PM
We usually go at 11:30 and have always found a table. I like that not only can I have an affordable burger but my wife can have a salad or fish. And the people working there are extremely friendly and helpful. Many other places should take note that people do care for service.
Elizabeth April 15, 2011 at 05:44 AM
How is waiting 8 or so minutes for food that big of deal? I'm impressed with the selection and the quality. Nice to have it in town.

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