Burgers

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries
1-3 Long Acre WC2E 9LH
London
United Kingdom

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Five Guys is a US burger restaurant (chain) that opened its first restaurant (if you can call it that) in London in Covent Garden last summer. Even Obama apparently loves Five Guys burgers, so if the burgers are good enough for a US president, I decided to make my way down to Covent Garden and try Five Guys. Five Guys opened its first store in 1986 (Five Guys is almost as old as me!) in Arlington, Washington. Then they rapidly expanded over the years and now there are over 1000 locations (they do franchise stores) in 47 states in the US, 6 Canadian provinces and now in UK (they have managed to open 7 stores in the UK since opening the first one last summer in Covent Garden).

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3.50

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Tommi’s Burger Joint
30 Thayer Street W1U 2QP
London
United Kingdom

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Tommi’s Burger Joint is burger restaurant that originally comes from Iceland (there are many Tommi’s Burgers restaurants now in Iceland) and now Tommi’s has also come to London. Tommi’s started as a pop up in Marylebone last summer and operated there for a few months. I went there for a burger and really enjoyed it. A few months later it closed, as they had always planned, and then a few months ago they opened a permanent restaurant on Marylebone High Street.

In case you are wondering who is Tommi, like my boyfriend was, when he entered the restaurant, Tommi is a now a very old Icelandic man (there was a picture of him in the restaurant which you can see in my pictures below) who started the burger empire in Iceland. Needless to say, he was not hanging around the Marylebone branch.

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4.00

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Patty & Bun
54 James Street, W1U 1EU
London
United Kingdom

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I had once had a takeaway from Patty & Bun that my boyfriend brought back home with him, and I did not really find the burger or the fries that amazing, so for a long time I did not understand what the hype about Patty & Bun was. After many times walking past this place and seeing crazy queues outside, I decided I had to go once more to see whether I had been right in my critical opinion about this place.

Patty & Bun started as a pop up but now has a permanent place in Marylebone, close to Bond Street tube station. They apparently use the best ingredients you can get, and try to use British ingredients whenever possible.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Shake Shack
24, Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD ‎
London
United Kingdom

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There is serious hype surrounding this burger restaurant (and another one called Five Guys). I had read about 5 articles about both of these burger restaurants, both from America and both located in Covent Garden, before they had opened, then since they have opened have read about 30 reviews and have tried really hard to stay away from this hype as I did not want to make this restaurant a destination, I wanted to go there when I was in the vicinity and hungry, so in a way I did not want food to dictate my life, but when I told my boyfriend about this burger place, he got super excited and really wanted to come here on a Saturday lunch time and then I knew, there was no way how I could avoid the hype and I was going there like any other London foodie.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Jamie Oliver's Diner
19-23 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EE
London
United Kingdom

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Jamie Oliver is a very successful entrepreneur that has made a lot of money through his books and various restaurants and his latest venture is equally smart, a diner on Shaftsbury Avenue. Everyone in London these days is crazy for comfort food, burgers, pizzas, fried chicken, the type of food you should not eat, but somehow we think that if it is served in a nice restaurant and is more expensive than McDonalds and uses better meat, it is ok for us. Jamie’s latest restaurant appeals to people that love this sort of food and the menu features burgers, chicken, meatballs, tacos and ribs. Also he has labeled his new restaurant a “pop up” despite the fact that it will be here for 3 years, and my fiend Katrina was shocked when she found out about this and said that she would not have come if she knew it was going to be here for such a long time.

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2.00

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Street Burgers
Brīvības iela 40
Riga
Latvia

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My boyfriend and I landed quite late in Riga on a Friday night and we were keen to get some food. My brother suggested all sorts of places where we can get some food but the one that caught my attention was a burger place that he said had just opened up close to where we were staying and he said he has never been there but from the outside it looked good, so we decided to go and check it out. The place is called “Street Burgers” and is located on one side of a car park next to one of the main roads in Riga and you can see the place from far away as the little restaurant (separate building) is decorated with traffic lights and also there is a painting of a man eating a burger with “Street Burgers” sign, decorating a whole one side of a building next to the restaurant, so the chances are you are unlikely to miss this place.

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4.00

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Honest Burgers
Unit 12, Brixton Village SW9 8PR
London
United Kingdom

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I went to Honest Burgers by coincidence. Looking rough and gangster like and trying to blend in, I headed to Brixton as I wanted to go to a new Southern fried chicken and beer place called Wishbone in the Brixton Market, but when I got there and walked around a few times (and got some people shouting at me “hey sexy” clearly an example that my dressing down and trying to blend in was not working) and could not find the place, I googled it once again and realised it was not yet open. So I had to come up with another plan of where to go for food on a Friday evening. I could have gone back to central London and given up on the whole Brixton thing, but on my printed out map it actually had tagged a few restaurants (google maps thankfully does it these days) and one of the places was “Honest Burgers”, and I had heard and read a lot about this place, so I was keen to try it.

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3.50

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MEATliquor
74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA
London
United Kingdom

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I have mixed feelings about this burger restaurant. I really like their burgers and their NY atmosphere but I don’t like their pretentious service and attitude towards customers. MEATliquor as the name slightly suggests is a burger restaurant with a bar on one side of the room serving funky cocktails, located just behind the Oxford Street Debenhams. 

 

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3.50

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DeliSnack
Aristida Briāna iela 9, LV-1010
Riga
Latvia

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My brother was taking a few of us clubbing to the club Piens in Riga and after our night out the boys were feeling a bit hungry so my brother suggested we all go to DeliSnack for some mid night food, as DeliSnack is located right next to the club (there are now more locations of DeliSnack, including one in the old town of Riga, and one in Liepaja, another city in Latvia). The Riga branch was very casual and was half full with people like us enjoying a meal after clubbing. 

 

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel
119 West 56th Street NY 10019
New York
United States

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This place is soooooooo cool!! Burger Joint is located in "Le Parker Meridien" hotel, in the uptown area of New York, which means you are in this posh area (Nobu next door) and walk into this beautiful high ceiling hotel Le Parker Meridien and then go past the reception, turn a corner, and you are in literally in “a burger joint” – a little corner burger place that has around 30 seats and burgers are sold over the counter (like Mc Donalds), with nice movie posters posted all over the walls. The transformation you see from that amazing hotel to this burger joint is something what makes this place so super cool … And they do serve amazing burgers. I have really been thinking about various burgers post visiting this place.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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