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Video: 1,000 People Lined Up For Ramen Burgers

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Angelenos were pumped this weekend to try the fusion concoction known as the Ramen Burger, and braved the heat on their feet in insanely long lines to get a taste of the specialty item.

The Ramen Burger is made of two pan-fried ramen patties that act as a bun sandwiching a ground beef patty. It is the invention of Keizo Shimamoto of Brooklyn's Smorgasburg, and Shimamoto was on hand this weekend to supervise the doling out of the $8 "delicacy."

Deep End Dining's Eddie Lin headed to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance on Saturday to scope out the scene, and shot this video showing the staggeringly long line of hungry, curious enthusiasts who hoped to get one of the only 500 Ramen Burgers available.

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Over a thousand people showed up, and the long lines and culinary curiosity has gotten a ton of worldwide media attention. Hey, they're even talking about it in Canada!

Lin did score a burger, and here's his mini-review:

The burger itself is a 75/25 certified angus beef patty. It's pretty great. Even better with a beer, if I had one. I wouldn't wait in that Cold War, Easter Euro-line for a taste though. I didn't have to!! I'm not sure if it tastes better the longer you had to wait or vice versa.

Whether people have had one or are just hearing about it, the feedback is definitely mixed:

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The Ramen Burger was also offered Sunday in Pasadena.