In Vilnius, there is a street called Butcher Street (Mėsinių gatvė), and on that street there is a restaurant called Le Butcher, and in that restaurant there is a tasty selection of burgers that will make all but the most dedicated vegetarian's mouth water.

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Le Butcher's French affectations start with its name and are carried on by the elegant and single-minded interior, which is made to look like a 1930s French cafe. Even in the unlikely event that you're not happy with your meal, at least it'll look good on Instagram. They also have a small slice of the park out front set aside for patrons who want to enjoy the summer weather.

The small but noteworthy interior goes well with the small but flavourful lunch/happy hour menu, which features 7 burgers/sandwiches and a skeleton crew of sides – fries, coleslaw and the soup d'jour. The full menu, however, features 12 main dishes alongside dessert and extra sauce options. The lunch and happy hour menus are a good deal, matching your burger with a side or a beer depending on when you visit. Just in case you've forgotten that it's supposed to be a French joint, each main dish begins with the French article “Le.”

The burgers are, by and large, delicious, though there were some strange choices as well. The restaurant's spicy option, Le Bolivian, has dry, crispy fried tortillas in it for some reason – we suggest asking them to hold the chips. The (sorry, Le) Badass Pork pulled pork sandwich had so many sweet clove-like spices that it tasted like it would be more at home in an adventurous chef's Christmas spread.

Besides these shortcomings, however, we were impressed with the flavourful, juicy burgers. Le Bloody Beef, a novel arrangement featuring small but succulent cubes of steak instead of a cohesive patty, was a messy but wonderful meal. The regular burger featured the same excellent, high-quality beef.

It could be that Le Butcher is a burger restaurant whose expertise with meat and burgers is surpassed only by its fancy for experiments that may or may not work. Ask them about what they're offering, and if it sounds good, get it – because it probably will be.

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