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Bar hoppers cure the munchies with hot dogs
Sarah Zemach, Tyler Jameson, Blair Swearingen, and Nora Schweitz take advantage of late night hours at The Original Durango Dawg House, Main Avenue and College Drive, open six nights a week until 2:30am.
Scott Titus digs into a traditional Chicago Dog, a best-seller, featuring onion, tomato, mustard, sweet relish and a 100% beef wiener served with a dill pickle on a poppy-seed bun.
The Chicago Dog is one of more than a dozen hot dog selections on the Dawg House menu, popular because it is a recognizable and traditional choice among hot dog lovers, employees say.
“Insanely ridiculous is a good way to describe the funnel cake fries,” says Joe Lacey of a favorite at The Original Durango Dawg House.
Kyle Hofmann grabs a snack while people watching from the Dawg House patio facing College Avenue near Main Street.
Wieners may help with hangovers

This Fourth of July holiday, Americans ate some 150 million hot dogs, according to industry analysts and reported recently in Scientific American. Lined end to end, this substantial number of wieners would stretch not just from sea to shining sea, but all the way to Frankfurt.
Beer consumption is equally staggering: Americans consume 50 billion pints of beer each year.
Late-night consumption of hot dogs and beer is not likely to go away anytime soon. Two local professionals recognize that and offer advice on late-night eating and drinking.
Durango psychologist Susan McGinness, who recently retired from Fort Lewis College’s Counseling Center, has 27 years’ experience in assessing and interviewing students after they have been sent to detox.
“Drunk munchies is a real happening and has to do with appetite control. After drinking four of five pints of beer or shots of alcohol, the ability to regulate food goes amok,” McGinness said.
Neurologically, appetite is regulated by the hypothalamus. Binge drinking sends a message to the hypothalamus, and it responds by craving high-calorie food, McGinness explained.
“Neurologically and psychologically, one indulgence seems to trigger more indulgence,” McGinness said. Comfort foods, such as hot dogs, pizza and Mexican food, are affordable and often fit the bill for students.
McGinness said smart drinkers understand that time and food will help them sober up enough to get home safely and without hassle. Durango’s late-night dining opportunities such as No Way Jose’s, Denny’s and the Durango Dawg House therefore fill a useful niche: “(They’re) actually good for the drinker and good for the economy.”
Registered dietitian Susie Young suggests smart eating before partiers actually start a night of drinking.
“Food will slow down alcohol absorption,” Young said. “Choose high-protein, moderate-fat, moderate-carbohydrate meals,” she said.
Drinking water with the meal and all evening long will help rehydrate the body.
Can good nutrition reduce the effects of a hangover?
“Eggs are a great protein source, and they contain cysteine, an amino acid, which may help break down toxins in the body,” Young said. “Honey or fruit is another good option to include, as the fructose helps the body metabolize alcohol.”
Tomatoes, bananas, mangos, peppers and guacamole help replace vitamins and minerals that become depleted by alcohol, Young said, making some Mexican foods a good dining choice when drinking.
As for hot dog eaters reporting having vivid dreams after bingeing on hot dogs, Young offered the observation that vitamin B6 is associated with dreaming, and that hot dogs may be a source of that vitamin.
kbrucolianesi@durangoherald.com

Late-night bites

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Sarah Zemach, Tyler Jameson, Blair Swearingen, and Nora Schweitz take advantage of late night hours at The Original Durango Dawg House, Main Avenue and College Drive, open six nights a week until 2:30am.
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Scott Titus digs into a traditional Chicago Dog, a best-seller, featuring onion, tomato, mustard, sweet relish and a 100% beef wiener served with a dill pickle on a poppy-seed bun.
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The Chicago Dog is one of more than a dozen hot dog selections on the Dawg House menu, popular because it is a recognizable and traditional choice among hot dog lovers, employees say.
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“Insanely ridiculous is a good way to describe the funnel cake fries,” says Joe Lacey of a favorite at The Original Durango Dawg House.
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Kyle Hofmann grabs a snack while people watching from the Dawg House patio facing College Avenue near Main Street.
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