It’s not every day that a new place to eat opens up on campus. But when it does, people tend to get pretty excited.
On Nov. 9, The Habit, LMU’s newest culinary addition, opened its doors to the public for the first time. The week preceding this magical day had been filled with soft openings, allowing a select number of lucky students to enjoy The Habit a little earlier than the rest of their peers. Word of The Habit seemed to spread quickly, and the line for food stretched all the way outside for the majority of the opening weekend.
The long wait seemed to be worth it as many students showered the new restaurant with praise. “I’m excited. This feels like a real burger place with milkshakes and everything,” Kendal Cooper, a freshman business management major, said. “I think it’s a step up and it will be a great addition to have on campus. Also, the individual price for the burger isn’t bad. It’s a decent price.”
The Habit menu was also praised extensively for its vegetarian options. Bella Maldonado, a junior psychology and art history double major, said, “This was my first vegetarian experience at The Habit and the veggie burger was really good. At the Lair, they took away the grilled cheese, so if you want to pig out and you’re a vegetarian, this is the new place to go.”
The Lair was not the only other LMU dining option that was compared to the Habit, however. The Habit’s successor, the infamous Iggy’s Diner, was mentioned regularly. Previous to the arrival of The Habit, Iggy’s Diner had long been a staple of the LMU cultural landscape. So, just like any sequel to a Hollywood blockbuster, there were bound to be comparisons between the two eateries.
Katy Colbert, a sophomore business major, felt like The Habit was “an upgrade from Iggy’s.” “I like the selection better and I honestly think it tastes better too,” Colbert says. “I’m not a huge fan of their breakfast food. I do like breakfast food, but I just didn’t love theirs.”
The Habit is a West Coast based burger chain that has been around since the late ‘60s. They now have over 200 locations and a pretty expansive menu. There are the classic char burgers, fries and shakes, but they also have a couple deep cuts as well. The chicken sandwiches have a bit of buzz around them, so that’s a great option for those looking for an alternative to the burger. It should also be noted that The Habit sells malts in addition to their shakes. For those inexperienced in the world of ice cream-based drinks, a malt contains malt powder, therefore, creating a much thicker and heavier shake experience.
The Habit Burger Grill is located in McKay Hall and is open from 11-1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11-2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
This is the opinion of Cormac Dolezal, a sophomore film production major from Woodbury, MN. Tweet comments to @cormacmdolezal or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.