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A few weeks in the past, an inside debate arose amongst Eater editors: What’s the most effective “pre-gaming” meal for an evening of sustained consuming? Some argued for the marathon-runner technique, aka consuming a plate of pasta for vitality and to soak up the incoming alcohol. Some swore by drinking-food staples like nachos or loaded Tater Tots, insisting a contact of grease helps the abdomen’s booze absorption. However none of those are fairly proper: When you’re really planning on consuming for a number of hours, a greasy and/or carb-laden meal might show means too filling (particularly in case you’re consuming beer), or make you sleepy earlier than you even go away the home. And people dishes don’t account for an inevitable aspect impact of getting a number of drinks: ordering much more — doubtless greasy — meals later, at 1 a.m.
In fact, nutritionists have their very own options from a scientific and sensible standpoint, however let’s be actual: You’re most likely not going to eat low-fat yogurt or uncooked veggies dipped in hummus, particularly in case you’re consuming dinner out. The transfer, then, on your pre-drinking meal needs to be a Cobb salad and a aspect of french fries.
There’s a sensible purpose for this. Atop the required lettuce and tomatoes that make the dish vaguely a salad, a Cobb is full of proteins (bacon, hard-boiled egg, and grilled rooster breast) and fat (bacon, avocado, blue cheese, oil within the dressing), each of that are digested slower by the physique than carbs. As a dietician informed Thrillist, these proteins and fat “slow how fast your blood alcohol level goes up,” and eggs get bonus factors as they include “essential amino acids needed to help break down some of the alcohol.” And regardless of all that protein, the dish itself eats fairly gentle — it’ll doubtless fill you up, however not overly so. A Cobb salad leaves sufficient room for a number of beers, however will take up no matter you select to drink.
Maybe extra essential, although, is what Cobb salads obtain psychologically. It needs to be acknowledged that they’re scrumptious on their very own deserves: The bacon, blue cheese, tomato, and avocado inside are a satisfying taste mixture; the bacon and lettuce present good texture and crunch. However the presence of leafy greens and a grilled rooster breast offers the dish a veneer of well being, one thing that leaves sufficient room within the coronary heart or the abdomen for a greasy late-night alternative in a while.
As for the french fries, which ought to come on the aspect? They’re there to present only a style of one thing piping scorching and salty and greasy, priming you for the consuming and consuming to come back. However you most likely don’t want quite a lot of. Let the Cobb do all of the work: Get pleasure from its easy pleasures when you’re sober(ish) sufficient to comprehend them.
PS: If the Cobb salad appears somewhat too primary for you, behold the Pittsburgh salad, which places fries proper into the salad itself.