Oct 8, 2021 - Food and Drink
Des Moines burgers: How Lachele's creativity shines in their specials
Burger specials from Lachele's
Carne King Slopper Thing ($11) and Cajun lobster fritter w/ andouille gravy ($14). Photos courtesy of Lachele's Fine Foods

We all know what to expect when ordering a burger: a patty, buns — maybe, a slice of cheese and a squirt of ketchup.

But just off Ingersoll Ave., in a pink and blue diner, Lachele's Fine Foods takes America's favorite meal and turns it upside down — transforming it into whatever zany theme or pop-culture reference they have in mind for their Special of the Day.

Why it matters: Food should be fun. And a burger with Mountain Dew sauce or a giant chicken nugget is nothing if not fun.

  • Plus, specials break up menu monotony, keeping chefs energized and customers hooked on a you-must-come-in-now experience.

How it works: Lachele's owner Cory Wendel and executive chef Jake Cole bounce ideas off each other and the restaurant's cooks for what should go on the specials list that week.

Burgers from Lachele's
Burger specials from Lachele's Fine Dining. Photos courtesy of Lachele's.

The fans: Dishes often sell out, especially on weekends. It's not wild to see people line up outside or for the restaurant to close early.

  • And their Instagram — which documents all their burger-flipping fun — has amassed a cult following.

Yes, but: The real driving force behind Lachele's are their classic flat-top cooked patties, sizzling in grease.

  • Menu burgers are simple, but that means every facet is carefully considered, from the vegetables sourced to the hand-shaped patties, Cole said.

The biggest compliment they can receive? Being told their burgers remind them of a bowling alley. That's love, baby.

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