$6 Opulence on Sundays

Burgers — including this one with bleu cheese, pickled red onions, smoked tomato, and Sriracha aioli — are just $6 on Sunday evenings at Americana. Ordered here without the bun, it was served on a bed of Boston bibb lettuce.

I always strive to get three nights out of every weekend, not just two, which means I do what I can to make Sunday nights count. Recently, I came upon a new way to do so: Six-Dollar Burger Night at Americana.

Every Sunday, from 3 to 10 p.m., the restaurant’s six incomparable burgers — normally priced $11 to $13.50 at lunch and $14.50 to $15 at dinner — go for $6 each. And make no mistake: Executive Chef Dan Warren assured me that they’re not stinting on this special.

“It’s not a smaller or altered burger,” he said, “but our regular menu-sized burgers for basically half price with a side included. Pretty hard deal to beat!”

While you can order a simple Backyard Burger (with lettuce, tomato, onion), I’m not sure why you would, when the signature creations are equally up for grabs. These include the Boursin Burger (with Boursin, tomato bruschetta and sautéed mushrooms) and the Rise & Shine Burger (rubbed with espresso and topped with hickory smoked bacon, white cheddar and maple-Dijon mustard).

I chose the Bleu Burger, which brought infinitely more than blue cheese and included pickled red onions, smoked tomato, and Sriracha aioli. The best part? I forewent the bun, and it arrived on a bed of cushiony Boston bibb lettuce. Honestly, I felt as happy and indulged as if I had been eating a filet mignon. With that and a glass of wine, I can think of no better way to ease out of the weekend.  — Wini Moranville

Americana is at 1312 Locust St., 515-283-1312; americanadsm.com.

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