File under: Ignorance Is Bliss. New York mainstay Nathan's has complied with the Department of Health's mandate that calorie counts be added to the menus of chain restaurants with at least 15 outlets. It's interesting to note that, for about half the menu, the calorie count of a dog corresponds almost to the penny with the price of a wiener—until you get into chili and chili-cheese territory. The new information adds dramatic punctuation to competitive eater Joey Chestnut's 66-dog record in last year's frankfurter frightfest, as Gothamist points out: 19,602 calories in 12 minutes.
And a tip to those heading to Coney this summer: You can avoid some of the long lines at the original Nathan's location by heading up to the boardwalk stand just off Stillwell Avenue.