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Thursday, May 25, 2017

5 days left to try the Tempura Jalapeño Charburger at The Habit Burger Grill

The menu items in this post were provided by The Habit Burger Grill but the opinions expressed here are my own.

I love that The Habit is experimenting with different ingredients and textures for special burgers and sandwiches. I have been a loyal fan since last year after trying the Hatch Chile Burger on grilled sourdough bread. This time, we stopped by the Anaheim Hills location. The interior was bright from the floor to ceiling windows with an open layout. They even have a nice sized patio.

For a limited time (until May 30, 2017), the Tempura Jalapeño Charburger ($4.99) is back. It was first introduced in late 2015 and adds a blend of crunch and spice to The Habit’s Charburger line-up. This Charburger starts with a flame-grilled beef patty and topped with tempura battered jalapeños, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, spicy jalapeño ranch mustard, and pickles served on a toasted bun. As always, I substitute grilled sourdough bread and add an extra patty (+$1.29) so the burger can be experienced from end to end. I loved the flavors of the sourdough with the spicy jalapeño. The burger was juicy as always along with the sauce and gooey cheese. The burger got spicier with each bite but was still tasty. The tempura battered jalapeños gave the burger a crunchy texture along with the crisp lettuce. Rating: 4.5/5

With the new year, The Habit also permanently added three items to their menu. These were also once specials just like the Tempura Jalapeño Charburger.

From my review from November 2016:

“The Golden Chicken Sandwich ($6.50) is made with a fresh, filleted chicken breast that is hand-dipped into house-made seasoned flour and buttermilk twice before being fried and topped with a new spicy red pepper sauce, fresh sliced tomato, lettuce, and tangy pickles on a soft toasted bun (I chose grilled sourdough). I also added Swiss cheese (+ $0.60). The double dip in the seasoned flour and buttermilk provides a crispy, blistered, and flavorful coating to the juicy chicken breast inside. The red pepper sauce is a tad spicy but provides a lively flavor kick for your taste buds. The Swiss cheese adds a cheesy, nutty, and bitter bite to the sandwich. The Habit absolutely needs to add this permanently to the regular menu! Rating: 5/5”

Portabella Charburger ($4.75) is a single Charburger crafted with 100% ground beef and layered with garlic sautéed portabella mushrooms, melted cheese, roasted garlic aioli, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles served on a toasted sesame seed bun. When I first saw this on the menu board, I thought it might be a vegetarian “burger” since portabella mushrooms have been used as a “patty”. But when I read further that it was sautéed portabella mushrooms on top of a juicy burger, they had me hooked. This burger was amazing and my new favorite burger at The Habit. As usual, I subbed the bun for grilled sourdough. The garlic aioli was amazing with creamy and zingy flavor. The portabella mushrooms added an earthy flavor and texture to the burger. Rating: 5/5

Super Food Salad ($7.99) starts with a chargrilled, hand-filleted chicken breast that is served over quinoa, baby kale, crispy garden lettuce, Craisins®, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and feta cheese tossed in The Habit’s house-made kale pesto vinaigrette. This was a good portion of salad (healthy size for lunch or lighter fare for dinner). It tasted fresh yet some of the flavors like the craisins and feta were subdued. The chicken was very flavorful and tender. The dressing also needed a little more punch in flavor and acidity. Rating: 3.8/5

You can also try these other menu items:

Albacore Tuna Filet Sandwich ($7.25) starts with line-caught, sushi-grade tuna steak topped with a teriyaki glaze, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and homemade tartar sauce served on your choice of toasted French roll, grilled sourdough, seeded or wheat bun. My mom loves tuna sandwiches but also loves it sushi-grade tuna as well. She didn’t get the tartar sauce but asked for more teriyaki glaze on the side and chose the seeded bun. The teriyaki glaze added a nice savory and sweet flavor which paired nicely with the tuna, not overwhelming and didn’t cover up the flavor of the tuna. The tomatoes and lettuce added a refreshing flavor and crisp texture to each bite. Rating: 5/5

French Fries ($2.05) are made with Idaho potatoes. Who can have a burger without a side of fries? The fries were crisp and lightly golden brown on the outside. The interior was fluffy and tender on the inside. My 2-year old nephew loved them and gave them a thumbs up! Rating: 4.5/5

From my review from November 2016:

“Tempura Green Beans ($2.95) are fresh-cut green beans lightly battered and flashed fried to perfection. I love fries with burgers and sandwiches, but these Tempura Green Beans are just too delicious to pass up. I paired them with my Golden Chicken Sandwich and they went together quite nicely. The crispy, golden brown tempura on the outside contrasts the juicy, slightly sweet green bean inside. I’m so happy they are part of the regular menu! Rating: 5/5”

Whatever you are craving, The Habit Burger Grill has you covered! Don’t forget to stop in and try the Tempura Jalapeño Charburger before it is gone!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 4 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
The Habit Burger Grill
8182 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
Hours: Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: Free shopping center parking lot

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