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Week No. 3 • Dugarel's

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Barbecue sauce, bacon, cheese and beef. Add in a buttered and toasted bun, and you have the smokehouse burger at Dugarel's in Hastings.

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Not bad for the ol' Buccaneer, right?

What was long ago the Buccaneer bowling alley in south Hastings is now home to this week's burger of the week, a cheesy and gooey concoction served with onion rings and a pickle for $7.99 at lunch. The half-pound version is available at dinner for $8.49, including chips, potato salad or cole slaw.

You can add in french fries or waffle fries for $1.50. Onion rings adorn your plate for $2 and seasoned sour cream is 75 cents.

The smokehouse burger includes both cheddar and jack cheeses, bacon and barbecue sauce.

During the summertime, there are three places to eat at Dugarel's: the bar; the dining room; or outside on the patio. It's kid-friendly, considering the dining room option that is pretty well removed from the bar.

On to the pronunciation issue, because I know that's what you all want to know the answer to. A lot of people say "DEW-gare-ulz," but the staff at the restaurant say "dewgaRELZ." I give you permission to pronounce it any way you want.

The restaurant got its name from a bar and restaurant owner in Mexico. Dugarel's owner, Jessie Ritter, visited the restaurant with her family and they all really liked it. The owner's first name was Dugarel. So, when she opened her restaurant, she named it after him.

To keep it simple, a lot of people just call the place Doogies.

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My favorite menu item at Dugarel's has always been the supreme fries, described on the menu like this: "Waffle fries covered with a spicy cheese sauce, bacon, green onions and sour cream on the side. $7.49."

A lot of people I?know rave about the wings, too. There are seven different sauces available, including Inferno, Not So Hot and Bad Boy.

You can get nine wings for $6.99 or 18 for $11.49. The wings are 35 cents a piece during Minnesota sporting events.

There are 14 TVs at Dugarel's, including an 8-foot by 12-foot projection screen.

Don't like burgers?

If you go for lunch and don't feel like a burger, consider the turkey hoagie. At $5.99, it's a bargain.

Star Gazette sports writer Joe Schirmer had it, and I was actually kind of jealous.

Whose place is it?

Jessie Ritter is the owner and general manager at Dugarel's.

What Christina says

Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over Dugarel's menu and had this to say about healthful options there:

"I like to eat at Dugarel's with my family because they have a great patio, and we love to eat in the protected area outside, without cars buzzing by, and in the fresh air. My kids love the packaged Oreo treats and kiddie cocktails.

"Whether it's part of your busy lifestyle or a special treat for the family, eating restaurant meals with your kids can be both a healthful and pleasant experience.

"Choose a restaurant that caters to children with healthier children's menus.

"Order kids plain foods with sauce on the side.

Substitute healthier sides, carrots or apple slices, for fries. Dugarel's also serves coleslaw.

"Choose two or three suitable menu items, then let your child pick one; let the child place the order if he or she wants.

"Let kids order familiar favorites when they eat out. For new foods, offer a bite or two from your order."

As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson@hastings stargazette.com.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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