Yes, this is a chain, but it’s a good chain. There’s a reason The Habit has grown from one humble burger joint in Santa Barbara into a hundred upscale, casual restaurants – they’re really good at making hamburgers. Combine a solid main product with a surprisingly variable menu (if you can find any other burger place that has both teriyaki sandwiches and thick chocolate malts, go ahead and eat there instead), fast wait times, and very reasonable prices, and The Habit more than earns its place on this list.
1111 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA, USA +1 650 568 1625
Grullense, located on the outskirts of Redwood City’s downtown, boasts a vibrant atmosphere. Everything from the bright colors to the fast service to the crowd suggests activity. ‘We’re all busy,’ Grullense seems to say. ‘Here’s your delicious Mexican food. Get out of here.’ If the food wasn’t good, this would be arrogant, but Grullense offers three kinds of dip with an order of chips and makes enchiladas with cheese that literally sticks to the plate, so there’s no problem there.
3018 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA, USA +1 650 299 0600