Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Like a Pro: Late Night Eats

Last week I shared some of my personal pros and cons about various parties around campus. Parties are a great way to have some fun for an evening, but even the best parties must come to an end. Whether the night ends due to a visit from Durham’s finest, quiet hours or you just can’t stand to hear “Party in the USA” one more time, your night is far from over. On weekends the dining halls close at 8 p.m. so after a long night of partying, or just hanging out in a dorm room, it can be a top priority to get some food. Factor in all the exercise from dancing, fist pumping, or playing Beirut all night and hunger can become a real problem. Luckily UNH has several great options for those of us who get the late night munchies.

The most obvious choice for a hungry drunk on campus is the Durham House of Pizza, or DHop as everyone calls it. DHop is famous for their $1.50 slices after 11 p.m. It is very cheap and delicious so if you have the dollar bill blues it doesn’t put a big dent into your pocket. Through some investigative journalism, meaning I asked my older brother who used to work at DHop, I found out the secret for the great taste in every bite. There is extra sugar in the sauce, but you didn’t hear it from me. DHop has a great atmosphere and on a warm night it is the best place on campus for some food and free entertainment. My recommendation: whatever slices have the most toppings piled on. Trust me, it will be delicious and filling.

Another great place to cure the hunger monkey is Kurt’s Lunchbox. Kurt’s is conveniently located in C-Lot for anyone living in Area Two and it is a much shorter walk than DHop for anyone living out in the boonies of Area Three. I live in the Upper Quad and there have been nights where I will gravitate towards Kurt’s from the smell alone. While on the topic of lunch trucks, I went to Irie Taco the other day and it was phenomenal. I told him he could give DHop and Kurt’s some great competition if he started staying late night. Anyways, my Kurt’s recommendation: The classic cheesy fries, or snotty fries, as any true Kurt fan would know. His cheesy fries are famous for a reason and I’m not one to fix something that isn’t broken.

As tasty as Kurt’s and D-Hop are, plus the hilarious situations that occur there almost any night, they both close at 2 a.m. Not too long ago both would stay open as long as people showed up but semi-recent Durham ordinances have forced them to close up shop early. That happened around the same time DHop added 50 cents to their late night slices; thanks Durham. So, if you are out past 2 a.m. and in need of some grub, Wildcatessen is the place to go. It is conveniently located under Stillings in Area One, which is very close to many apartments and the infamous frat row. Wildcatessen is also open until 4 a.m. on weekend mornings and they specialize in subs. If you have the ability to you can order ahead online, which is great for any dorm room partiers. Wildcatessen is apart of the UNH Dining system, so don’t even joke about stealing from there or you could get in trouble. My recommendation is their steak and cheese sub, but they are all very good.

Sometimes students pass out without eating after a late night out, it happens to the best of us. After waking up in a haze with your clothes thrown around the room, or still on, some hangover food is essential. As a side note, waking up with strange things in your room can be very amusing but also confusing. Last week my room was a mess and it was filled with balloons. Still haven’t figured that one out yet.

A very popular choice for a late brunch is The Bagelry located at Mill Plaza. Others like the Mei Wei Asian Cuisine Restaurant, which used to be the China Buffet. However, the dining halls also have some great choices. My top choice for a hangover brunch is a chicken patty with some of those chopped breakfast potatoes at Holloway. I would argue that is the best thing to eat if you are still feeling some effects form the night before. Wherever you choose to eat, make sure that you’re having fun and staying safe.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

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