Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
Recently, I found myself dreading a trip to the Cherry Hill Mall to pick up some shoes. We went around lunchtime, and I didn’t want to eat at the generic food court places that populate the mall. Luckily, I had been given a gift card* to Habit Burger Grill, right down the street and very convenient to the mall.
Your typical chain restaurant, Habit was very clean (it opened very recently) and the employees were friendly, if a little over-reaching on explaining the menu—while I appreciate them listing all the ingredients that were on each individual burger to make sure we were okay with them, the toppings were all listed on the menu.
Wanting to try things out, we ordered a variety of items and were not disappointed, especially with the extras: like a Quizno’s for burgers, there is a selection of peppers you can manually add to your burger, as well as a variety of sauces, ranging from ketchup to A-1. And for some of the sides, they not only give you ranch dressing, but give you cups in varying sizes based on the side (i.e., the ranch cup was bigger for the onion rings than it was for the tempura green beans). For a burger joint, they had a surprising selection of salads and other sandwiches, which is always a plus.
Overall, it’s a nice place. It’s nothing to go nuts about, but the food was good and affordable—and much less crowded than the mall, which is always a plus. I wouldn’t go to Cherry Hill just to eat here, but I would go again if I were in the area.
Eat Your PHL of…
Charburger – I got a double, but the fact remains that this is a solid burger. Smashed patties, so you don’t get to pick your temperature, but they come with a lot of goodies on top (lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, pickles, mayo), and a combo with fries and a drink will run you less than $10. And do get the fries; they’re very well done, which seems to be getting harder and harder to find.
Roaster Garlic Portabella Char – Another solid burger, this one had well-cooked portabella mushrooms and a roasted garlic aioli. This was just like the regular charburger, but with a little added umami oomph. With the portabellas added, it was pretty close in size to the double charburger, but probably slightly healthier.
Tempura Green Beans – While the fries and onion rings were great sides, the tempura green beans were the most surprising. Not something I’d expect to see at a burger place, they tasted great (especially dipped in ranch) and weren’t heavy or greasy. For a chain restaurant, they demonstrated a deft hand by not overloading the beans with too much batter or leaving them in the oil too long.
*I was given the gift card by Habit Burger’s PR company, but they had no say in the final outcome of this article.