Burger City

By Wini Moranville

News of note for burger lovers:

• I finally popped into G. Migs 5th Street Pub in Valley Junction, and I’m sorry it took me so long. For almost two years now, George Migliero, the former executive chef at Wakonda Club, has been serving high-quality bar food in a super-casual atmosphere. Don’t miss Build a Burger Night on Mondays, when you can choose from nearly 20 toppings and condiments, from chipotle aioli and caramelized onions to fried eggs and guacamole. (128 Fifth St., West Des Moines; 255-4550)

• Another great Monday night option: At Alba, specialty burgers and select cocktails go for $5 each, in the lounge only. This was one of my favorite discoveries last summer—when temperatures climb, there’s something magical about stepping into Alba’s cool, dark space and enjoying a chilled Moscow Mule (in the copper mug, of course), and an off-the-beaten-path burger, such as the Thai Pork Burger. (524 E. Sixth St.; 244-0261).

• After just two years in business, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab will already be selling its 1 millionth burger. The staff expects this to happen sometime this week or next. The lucky person who buys that millionth burger will receive a $1,000 gift certificate, and everyone in the restaurant at that moment gets a free T-shirt (200 E. Grand Ave.; 244-9292).

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