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Juicy Lucy: Fancy Fast Food Joint's Namesake Dish is Burger Injected With Cheese

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Opening up in downtown’s snazzy new TASTE at FIGat7th, Juicy Lucy is exactly what you want from an upscale fast-food joint. It’s tasty, delicious, and a cut-above the ordinary burger and fries.

At Monday night's opening, most of Michelin-starred Chef Paul Shoemaker’s taste sensations were on display, including the Juicy Lucy herself -a high tech concoction of grass fed beef injected with a creamy combo of Brie, white American and Swiss cheese that's cooked in a vapor oven first then grilled up for a little more bite. The burger comes with aioli, grilled onion, pickle, lettuce and tomato and is served on a brioche bun.

A Juicy Lucy--or Jucy Lucy--for the uninitiated, is a burger invented in Minneapolis, though two bars both claim to have come up with the cheese-filled burger patty.

Shoemaker conceived of his version of the burger at his now-shuttered Malibu restaurant Savory and he seems to be using the momentum of that invention to steer him to new, exciting projects that fulfill his mission for sustainable, local food for a local community. The concept behind Juicy Lucy is to serve fast food in a better atmosphere, using high end, locally sourced ingredients.

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A turkey burger with avocado and mustard is also on the menu for those looking to be healthier, and there will be a daily market-inspired burger.

In addition to the burgers, Sea Salt French fries are served plain, or smothered in a creamy cheese and topped with Sriracha, and a collection of milkshakes - from the normal Vanilla and Chocolate to Salted Caramel or Fresh Berry - or Agua Frescas are available to wash it down.

The laid-back opening gave guests a sense of what the fancy TASTE food court will be like once everything starts hopping: lots of people, welcoming wooden tables, white walls, softer light, and highly appealing food. Juicy Lucy will be open from 11:00 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, which is great for the downtown lunch crowd, but not so great for the rest of us who want to roll around in those Sriracha-topped fries after a night of fun.

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