South county dining: Messy, juicy burgers a must at Boca restaurant

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An Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger prepared at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room restaurant located in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

The Inside-Out Juicy Lucy, aside from being juicy (and a burger), is a messy girl. Her smoky char envelops a heap of pimento cheese, which melts and dribbles all over the place.

The mess is inevitable when you pick up this beast of a burger at MEAT Eatery & Taproom in Boca Raton and attempt a bite. A fork and knife won’t do much to contain the cheesy, saucy mess.

But she’s worth it. Just one in MEAT’s lineup of stellar burgers, the Juicy Lucy is made better by a side of the eatery’s decadent duck fat fries.

Open since July 2014, MEAT Eatery anchors a first-floor corner of the Cendyn Spaces (shared office space) building and warms up the corporate setting. One of my favorite reasons to dine here involves MEAT’s sweet side, namely its milkshakes crafted with homemade Nutella ice cream. MEAT spikes one Nutella shake with Guinness.

It’s the most heavenly sip – and, unlike the messy Lucy, it’s easily shareable.

If you go: MEAT Eatery & Taproom

ADDRESS: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton

TELEPHONE: 561-419-2600

2014 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: B+

Related: Full dining review – Juicy Lucy! Home Wrecker! Boca burger eatery is eclectic experience

Related: 15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

‘Palm Beach Post’ food story quoted on NPR radio quiz show

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The good news: NPR’s radio quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” quoted a recent Palm Beach Post food story on local chefs’ reactions to the World Health Organization study on the carcinogenic dangers of processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs.

The bad news: Wait wait…they got the quote wrong.

On the popular show, contestants are read a quote from the week’s headlines and are asked to identify what the quote is about. On last weekend’s show, broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, newsman Bill Curtis read this quote: “‘Oh my God. Everything is bad for us.'” Then host Peter Sagal asked a panelist, “That was a chef in Florida reacting to news that ‘what’ might cause cancer?”

The actual quote in food editor Liz Balmaseda’s story came from Boca Raton’s MEAT Eatery & Taproom chef/co-owner George Patti, who said, “Oh my God. Everything causes cancer.”

Hey, it’s OK, NPR. We’ll just call it paraphrasing.

Read Liz’s full story on the bacon backlash here.

George Patti, at Boca's MEAT Eatery.
George Patti, at Boca’s MEAT Eatery.