Burgers reborn

The casual dining restaurant Bernard Condon and his son, Jeremiah Condon, launched at 2223 Fifth Ave. S. – Fort Dodge’s Corridor of Commerce – just a bit more than a year ago has undergone a transformation.

No longer a Maid-Rite, it is now named Zebb’s Burgers and More, and boasts an innovative menu that features burgers and an array of other offerings.

“Going forward, we’re a burger joint,” Jeremiah Condon said. “I’m just really focusing on good, different burgers that nobody else has. Start with the best possible patty you can get, and do different crazy things.”

He said the restaurant specializes in “gourmet burgers at a fast-food price.”

Selections that have high-quality ingredients and differ from what is available elsewhere locally are the establishment’s specialty.

“I figured people want a burger every day,” Condon said. “So, I got the best burger there is and I made a sauce – the Zebb sauce, I invented it – as well as a mango sauce. Then we are going to have a Southern burger and a sautee burger.”

And those are just examples what’s on the menu. Also available are a bacon cheeseburger, a peanut butter burger, a veggie burger and a blue burger.

Patrons can expect the choices to grow and vary in the weeks ahead.

“We’re not going to be scared to try new burgers,” Condon said. “We’re going to have a burger of the week. It’s going to be way off the wall.”

For the especially hungry burger fan, Zebb’s has just the answer.

“We can make any sandwich a double or a triple, and our patties are already pretty good sized,” Condon said.

And customer input on burger possibilities is always very much in order.

“If you have suggestions, we may put it on our menu,” Condon said.

Not in the mood for a burger?

Zebb’s has a multitude of other possibilities.

“I still smoke my own pork. I smoke my own turkey. I simplified my salads and my wraps,” Condon said.

Zebb’s has included a selection of pastas on the menu and has some seafood.

And for fans of some of the choices the restaurant offered in its earlier incarnation, alternatives are available.

“We are no longer selling the Maid-Rites, but I am still making a very good loose meat sandwich and a cheesy loose meat sandwich and we will have the Texas Mess. That is the bun with a scoop of loose meat and chili and cheese poured over the top,” Condon said.

Also still available are hot dogs, Coney dogs and chili dogs.

Condon stressed that Zebb’s is committed not only to providing good food, but also to being a fun place to dine that is very family friendly.

“I want people to know that we have such a fun building, we have such a fun atmosphere,” he said. “We’ve got the ’50s and ’60s look. Our staff is fun.”

On some evenings there is also live entertainment. Midwest Rock & Soul Review is often featured and has proved popular with folks of all ages.

“They are a band that does nothing but 1950s and 1960s music,” Condon said. “They are so much fun.”

When warmer weather returns, the outside putting green and patio will be popular attractions.

The establishment also has a beer and wine license.

“We’ve got the Iowa pale ale,” Condon said pointing to a Hawkeye State product that is developing quite a following. “We serve beer and wine. We’ve got buckets. We sell pitchers.”

For the patron who needs sustenance on the go, Zebb’s offers carryout and also has a drive-through option.

Zebb’s Burgers and More also can provide catering services to accommodate special events

Meet the owners

Bernard Condon is the longtime proprietor of The Cellar, a popular local eating establishment.

Jeremiah Condon graduated from St. Edmond High School in 2000 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Buena Vista University. He was part of the team at The Cellar from the time he was 16. He is at the helm at Zebb’s Burgers and More. The name of the establishment recalls Jeremiah Condon’s nickname in high school.