Burger culture in Riga fortunately goes beyond the clown and its Finnish clone. Burgers don't necessarily have to be fat drenched meat candy to shove in your kids' mouths when you want a minute's peace and quiet. Well prepared and with some thought put into it, burgers can go beyond being meat pacifiers and actually hold their own as a proper meal, and this is something that the people at Street Burgers have understood.
”WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION YOUR DIGNITY AND OTHERS YOUR GROSS MOTOR SKILLS”
A few crucial things separate this burger restaurant from its highly industrialized competition. First, the meat. At Street Burgers, you actually feel that what you're chewing is meat, not some thin piece of cardboard with beef flavoring. You also get the choice of having your meat rare, medium rare or well done (the latter of which they advise against. It's possible, but it's not right, sort of). Their chicken burgers is clearly grilled chicken breast, not made from some overprocessed goo of supposedly avian origin. Second, the dressings: unlike the dressings you normally get at a regular fast food place, these ones actually taste good. You can actually taste the smokiness, garlickyness or whatever is the main characteristic of your dressing of choice. The only disappointment so far is the french fries. At times they are crisp and delicious, but sometimes they have the texture of jelly snakes and it feels like they've been prepared in an oven instead of being deep fried. Also, the burgers are pretty large (now, how is this a complaint?) and eating them with your hands will make you question your dignity and others your gross motor skills. But this goes for most fast food, so this is also not to be seen as a valid complaint.
In short, Street Burgers is among the top places to go in Riga if you crave some classic American pleasure. The staff is very friendly, you'll have no problems communicating with them in English, and the restaurant itself is pretty cool. And I have yet to see any squealing, obnoxious kids there.