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Favorite Drunk Munchies

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Mine's anything I can get my paws on. Taco Bell seems to happen a lot because it's open late (this is the only time I eat Taco Bell). I'm not picky, but I draw the line at 7-11.

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  1. wings. buffalo wings. suicide buffalo wings.

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    1. Chicharrones (pork rinds, Mexican style). Failing that, a bag of spicy kettle chips.

        1. re: jrvedivici

          How come I'm not surprised? Not having any White Castles in my area eliminates that as a choice for me.

          1. re: SaraAshley

            My grocery stores have them in the frozen food section. They microwave beautifully.

            1. re: c oliver

              But then, C Oliver, you never ever get drunk, right?

              1. re: c oliver

                I have seen them in the grocery store, but I figured they wouldn't compare to the ones from the restaurant. Not that I would know though, since I've never actually been to a White Castle.

                1. re: SaraAshley

                  This is one thing that actually stands up pretty well frozen vs. the real thing. I think it has to do with the fact you are starting with such a poor quality product to begin with (not trashing White Castles as I LOVE them!!!) that's it's kind of hard to make it any "worse" than it is in it's most pure state. lol

                  Seriously buy a box of the frozen, wrap each burger in a paper towel, heat about 20/30 seconds per burger and enjoy. After your first one you will probably develop a 12-15 per week habit depending on your digestive system. Sooner or later they catch up with you.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Good to hear! I'm always looking for frozen foods that don't completely suck! I will be picking up a box of these on my next grocery store trip.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Now, being a devotee of this 'dish' I'm obliged to disagree with the cooking time :) I do wrap each in a paper towel but MW 30 seconds, unwrap, rotate from side to side and top to bottom, rewrap and MW another 30 seconds. I then add a little French's mustard to each and MW unwrapped 10 more seconds. Perfect little rat burgers every time :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        So you are saying you microwave them for one minute, ten seconds total? I'll be perfectly honest it's been years, literally decade(s)+ since I've had the microwavable versions. Probably not since they came out in that version, I just remember it was a short time or the bread turned suspiciously hard. Obviously the box will tell the suggested method, over a minute seems a lot but I'm not going to argue.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          I'm a senior citizen so it's best not to argue with me :) Since we no longer have to get drunk, this is usually an every month or two treat for our lunch. One of the few dishes I'm a pro at!

                      2. re: jrvedivici

                        I beg to differ...the frozen ones are not NEARLY greasy enough. White Castles are best experienced via that one friend who, on the way home from the bar, has the presence of mind to tell his cab driver to detour to the drive-thru so that he can show up at the door with a suitcase. (This is the same guy who, when serving as the best man at a wedding, had the good judgment to order many pizzas when the reception ended and everyone relocated to the hotel bar. Good guy, that one.)

                2. re: jrvedivici

                  Ah, White Castles, the food of my youth! The only thing that topped a White Castle run when the munchies hit was stumbling by a Skyline Chili and ordering multiple Coney Dogs with chili, onions and loads of finely shredded cheddar cheese. They were also possibly the best hangover cure ever the next morning.

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      Yup, cold in the carton...okay room temp would work too..but def. not warmed.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Make your own, or at a resto ?

                        I love lo mein of any kind, esp. tendons & briskets :-)

                        1. re: LotusRapper

                          Either. I make my own so there might be leftovers in the frig but I'm equally happy with restaurant bought on the way back to my place after a night out. I crave the sauce.

                  1. Oh and cheese fries! But with real cheese not the cheese sauce!

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                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        around these parts, on Long Island, NY, we always finish(ed) a night out of drinking at the diner (last call is 4 am). mozzarella fries, brown gravy on the side.

                        in NJ I believe they are called "disco fries" and the gravy is served over the mozzarella fries.

                        I always thought it a cheesey (pun) take on Poutine.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          real cheese on fries is ALWAYS a must. I don't know how people can eat the fake stuff on them!

                          1. re: srodriguez

                            How do you get the real cheese to melt? I can't seem to figure it out for myself, just turns into a glob.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              Fill up a broiler-safe plate with a single layer of fries. Top with a mountain of shredded cheese. Broil until bubbly and brown. Devour, with a side of blue cheese salad dressing for dipping.

                              1. re: biondanonima

                                I prefer blue cheese for almost anything else. Salads, wings, etc, but for cheese fries, it has to be ranch.

                                1. re: SaraAshley

                                  I agree! Many years ago during summers spent in Wisconsin I would order Pokey sticks from a place called Gumby's basically cheese bread with extra ranch and dip away, really just pour it on.

                                  1. re: SaraAshley

                                    I know many people who feel that way (and in fact a lot of restaurants automatically serve cheese fries with ranch), but I despise ranch dressing. I used to frequent a place in college (in Rochester, NY) that was famous for their Buffalo wings, and we always ordered wings and cheese fries together. So, I borrowed the blue cheese dressing from the wing order to dip my cheese fries, and a perfect marriage was born.

                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                      That's why it's crazy to me. I wouldn't say I despise ranch (although I've certainly had some that have come close. They're not all created equal), but i don't really care for it either, and yet, some how with cheese fries, I actually like it.

                            2. re: jrvedivici

                              mmmmm cheesy bacon fries

                              (though the cheese fries with a side of gravy take me back to my high school days in NJ at the local diner - I miss those - with a thick vanilla shake please)

                              1. re: thimes

                                Where would your high school days have found you in Jersey?

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  Northern NJ - Morris County, 7th grade through graduation - it was a good place to grow up during the time I was there (parts of it have changed a lot, as have the times in general)

                                  And I miss diners, why doesn't the rest of the country have diners?!?!? for drunk munchies or just otherwise!

                                  1. re: thimes

                                    I grew up in Middlesex County, Edison to be precise, I moved to Monmouth County, Red Bank area 20 years ago and love it down here.

                                    Diners are a bit of a North East anomaly. I don't know why besides perhaps this is where the majority of Greek immigrants are and since it seems 90% of diners are owned by Greek's this is where they stay? I don't honestly know.

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      Sayreville, here. A gyro, a bowl of menudo, French fried onion rings, sardines on toast, a sausage sandwich or a Taylor Pork Roll sandwhich on a Kaiser roll w/ a fried egg and ketchup. Jersey soul food. In Maine, fried clams w/ onion rings.
                                      And chili dogs w/ raw onion and mustard.

                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                        Sayreville! Hey the Peter Pank is on the market, want to venture back into your home town and crank out your own Pork Roll Egg and Cheese????

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          No thanks, New Jersey is a great place to be ........from.

                              1. pancakes with butter and maple syrup

                                1. Back in the day, my go to munchies were a fresh hot breaded chicken sandwich with provolone, bacon, honey mustard and BBQ from Wawa with a side of the hardest soft pretzels ever, and if not that just give me a phone and pizza or fried chicken from the 24 hour corner store, if not that then I'd settle for bag of Doritos. Those were the special occasion munchies, most of the time a big bowl of popcorn was all I wanted. I once woke up to a kitchen full of popped popcorn all over, I guess I forgot the lid that night :)

                                  1. ramen. poutine. fries. potato chips, not too thick. broccoli cooked in chicken stock.

                                    1. In no particular order:

                                      - döner kebab
                                      - gyros pita
                                      - falafel sandwich from Habibi in Berlin
                                      - fried rice or noodles prepared by a drinking buddy at 2 AM
                                      - currywurst w/fries
                                      - Belgian-style fries with good mayo & peanut sauce

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                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        Your list makes my Taco Bell look so amateurish. I'm jealous! If I asked for any of these things while drunk my friends would laugh in my face and then probably throw a taco at it.

                                        1. re: SaraAshley

                                          Yeah, but then you could eat that taco and laugh right back at them '-)

                                      2. Breakfast.

                                        I'll fry up some bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, and maybe some toast.

                                        1. KFC. And lots of it. With gravy, of course.

                                          1. Sushi.

                                            Plus, the miso soup seems to help alleviate the headaches I get. 'Tho I'm a real cheap date and after 2 pints I'm out. But the wife ..... drinks like a fish.

                                              1. oh man, where to start?! I guess my go to's are usually pizza, whether it be from a local spot or delivery from Dominos or grilled cheese. Basically anything with cheese will do!

                                                1. Taco Bell is awesome, or better yet, tacos from Jack in the Box. Those things are SO disgusting but SO good. Pizza or carby Chinese (cold sesame noodles, greasy lo mein, etc.) are also fabulous. Cheese fries and Buffalo wings (together), largely because this is what I ate in college. Also, when in Germany, as lingua mentioned: Doener kebab.

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                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                    I've never been lucky enough to have a Jack in the Box taco. I remember a thread on here about them a little awhile ago. I've been to JITB and used to live close to one, but I had no idea at the time that I needed to be trying their tacos.

                                                    1. re: SaraAshley

                                                      They're horrible but really addictive. They have this strange metallic taste that somehow is essential to the experience.

                                                      These days I try to make it home instead of hitting up the fast food places, so my munchies are whatever is in the frig. If there's nothing acceptable, then I make a pb&j. Which is always acceptable.

                                                      1. re: 512window

                                                        Metallic?? And this is a good thing? I'm really going to have try these at some point.

                                                        1. re: SaraAshley

                                                          Daily intake of essential minerals ?

                                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                                            I guess that's one way to look at it.

                                                    2. re: biondanonima

                                                      Seconding the JIB tacos. And at 2 for a buck the price is right.
                                                      but you pay later...

                                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                                        Can anyone explain to me whose Cherrio's JIB pissed in, in New Jersey in the late 70's?

                                                        I remember them being in NJ when I was a child but then they exited the NJ market and I never knew why? Anybody? Anybody? Buehler.........Buehler.......

                                                    3. Anything greasy and salty - basically any form of fast/drive thru food. Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger and Onion Rings with lots of ketchup. Of course being drunk, it has to be ordered by the designated driver who has to be cajoled into going to the drive thru because their common sense is still mostly intact and they know we will regret the whole thing in the morning.

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                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                        Or you make your cab driver take you, further running up the fare because it is never a quick a trip with 5 drunk people all trying to order, figuring out what they want, everyone trying to get their money together. Umm yeah, no.

                                                        1. re: SaraAshley

                                                          buy him a munchie meal, maybe he'll put the flag on pause.

                                                      2. Waffle House ham and cheddar eggs with raisin toast or a plate of there hash browns with the chili, ham, extra jalepenos,, onions and cheese
                                                        Denny's french fries with cheddar and bacon dipped in ranch or a half order of nachos
                                                        Microwave burrito
                                                        Doritos dipped in Frito lays bean dip or nacho cheese
                                                        Taco Bell just about anything but meximelt or nachos come to mind
                                                        McDonald's FOF or a chicken nugget happy meal
                                                        Fried eggs cooked in butter and burnt toast
                                                        Papa Johns with whatever toppings everyone agrees on and extra cheese and sauce.

                                                        That about covers my drunk eats I think. It has been a while since i went out and got drunk food though. Between the cab, the cover, the drinks and the chow it gets expensive. But now and then ya gotta party.

                                                        1. After reading many of these responses I've come to realize Sara specifically mentioned "Favorite Drunk Munchies", however there can be other forms of munchies rather than Drunk ones.

                                                          Not that I'm condoning this, but I was on the forefront of the medical marijuana movement. I was in my late teens and early 20's at the time and my approach, unlike so many others at the time, was using marijuana as a medical preventative measure. So I smoked a lot of pot, lot's and lot's of it and guess what.......I've never gotten any serious ailments!! Can't argue with the medical evidence!

                                                          So anyway......people of Chow do your munchies vary if they are Drunk vs. "Other" munchies?

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                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                            I get a little sugar-crazy, sadly. And I'm generally not much of a sweetie '-).

                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              Awwwww lingua I think your a fuck'n sweetie!!

                                                            2. re: jrvedivici

                                                              Nah, I'm drunk and high most of the time, and I eat what I like. Tonight I'm making chicken fajitas. I haven't decided if I'm gonna make these fries, too, or if I should throw them back in the bath until morning. Another beer and a bowl will help me decide, I'm sure.

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                Hehehe, as someone who partook in my own fair share of drinking and smoking, I think I have a theory about what munchies I prefer depending on my state of mind.

                                                                Drunk: pizza, taco bell, anything salty/cheesy, I tend to wolf this down.

                                                                High: a really nice piece of fruit. Or some italian ice. An iced cappucino. And I'm much more thoughtful about eating while high and savor the tastes much more (as opposed to drunken eating)

                                                                I've said too much! haha :-X

                                                                1. re: Meowzerz

                                                                  Alright, we weren't gonna publish the YT video of you, but it's just too good to pass up:


                                                                2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                  I am a good Catholic girl. I would know nothing about what you're speaking of.

                                                                        1. re: SaraAshley

                                                                          I'm sure you mean diet coke to maintain that girlish figure of yours.

                                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                            I'm pretty sure either one would do the trick.

                                                                        2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                          If it was *other* munchies....in my case I could not stop eating. Eating to the point of popping because everything suddenly tastes soooo good:)I would eat anything available.But if my appetite is stimulated by alcohol just a few bites or nibbles will do it for me of some proteins cheese.....salami....nuts.

                                                                        3. When i'm just buzzed i just want a bite or two of whatever you ordered since i'm not actually hungry.
                                                                          When i'm wobbly on my feet i'll have the cabbie drop me off in front of the pizza place around the corner (they're always open!) and i get their pillowy garlic knots with marinara.
                                                                          If i can't deal with garlic a mug of cereal.
                                                                          If it's so late its early i have the 24hr diner deliver pancakes and a side of hash browns i save for the next morning.

                                                                          1. After quaffing a bottle of wine and some beers. I always enjoy a bowl of pistachios. Then I'm ready to post on Chowhound.

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                                                                            1. re: emglow101

                                                                              emglow101- best post since the banana board !!!!

                                                                            2. Favorite drunk munchies? blink..blink...blink... I don't remember.... I was drunk....so I can't remember.... its always so embarrassing the next day when you can't remember the name of the dish you had the night before....there were these crumbs on my clothes but I don't recall where they came from...

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                                                                              1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                Who's wine? What wine? Where the hell did you dine?

                                                                              2. Domino's pizza with bacon and onions dipped in ranch dressing

                                                                                1. 7-Eleven microwave chili dogs. The gold standard for drunk food. Taco Bell can go to hell.

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                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                    7-Eleven microwave chili dogs, after a night of drinking? Dear God bless your stomach!

                                                                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                      Back in the day it would be a truckstopper and a blue raspberry slurpee!

                                                                                    2. The Frisco Melt combo at Steak & Shake, with Onion Rings instead of fries.

                                                                                      Gyros. There was an after hours joint near me that sold these (and stayed open till 5:30 am serving liquor, illegally of course). And I would always go there hammered, and get them along with a side of fried clam strips.

                                                                                      I'm also very fond of greasy diner omelettes and home fries at 3am, when I'm trashed.

                                                                                      1. Back in my wasted youth ( and I'm being quite literal here...), it would be the fried clam strips at HoJo's

                                                                                        1. Chili dogs (that greek hotdog chili) and french fries with gravy.