In the heart of Lancaster is St Nicholas Arcades which is lined with a list of high street stores like Iceland and Boots, as well as Vincenzo’s coffee house.
St Nics shopping centre might not be the first place to come to mind when you’re thinking about grabbing lunch though, especially with so many other spots dotted around the city centre.
But now, a new gourmet street food restaurant and takeaway has found home in the shopping centre.
Just Blaze Gourmet Street Food opened in Lancaster on October 17, and has received a lot of shining 5-star reviews from guests with one even writing that it is the “best burger in Lancaster by far”.
The takeaway and restaurant is opposite HMV and is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 10pm. Its Sunday opening hours are 12-9pm.
It has a long menu filled with chicken ribs and wings, mains, burgers and sides, as well as smaller dishes for children and desserts.
Just Blaze also offer hot drinks, soft drinks, beers and cocktails – as well as milkshakes.
Alongside all this, they also have a ‘Pimp Dat Burger’ option, which involves choosing a burger at the first step, a bun at the second, a “dutty topping” at the third and a side at the end. Everything aside from the bun is individually priced.
For vegetarians hoping to give Just Blaze a go, your options of what you can eat are a lot slimmer.
There is a “Jack-a-Stack Peng Ting” mixed bean burger topped with BBQ pulled jackfruit priced at £9.95 for a meal, or an organic Oyster Mushroom “Po-Boiii” that’s described as “just like the classic American street food sub sandwich”.
They also offer vegan alternatives to some of their meaty main dishes, such as the Gourmet smoked hot dog, the free range chicken tikka wrap and the slow cooked smoked BBQ pulled pork wrap.
On their website, co-owners Dean and Stacey Sawyer wrote that their gourmet venture started in 2015 after feeling that the food they were producing else where was not warming their “soul like it should.”
We headed to Just Blaze Gourmet Street Food just under a month after its opening day to see what all the fuss was about.
The brightly coloured shop is something totally new for Lancaster. The food has paint splatters all over the floor and there’s music playing to provide the party vibes.
There was a good amount of seating available inside which have all been spray painted in funky colours.
Being veggie, I was like I said, pretty limited on what I could try in comparison to a meat eater – but I settled for the meat free alternative of the gourmet smoked hot dog.
One scroll through Just Blaze’s social media pages shows some immense meaty dishes that are sure to impress.
It cost £12 for a meal, with skin on fries and a drink included, and the gourmet smoked hot dog consisted of a foot long hot dog smoked in house, with crispy onions and BBQ pulled jackfruit on top.
All food is prepared to order, but it wasn’t a long wait for the food to come. We were bought cutlery and sauce to the table and had a wide selection of drinks to choose from in the meal deal.
The food was massive, and it looked way better than I expected it to.
Delivered in small green basket, the hotdog was sat on top of a big pile of fries. The crispy onions added a nice crunch to the lathered in BBQ hot dog, and the bun was genuinely delicious.
Just Blaze has a fun edge for Lancaster, and the deals they have on the huge portions of food on offer are a great opportunity for your lunch time cravings.
They are also available to takeaway or delivery via the Just Eat app.
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