Wednesday, April 19, 2006
What's the best "drunk" food?

When you're good and drunk, there are some foods that just hit the spot. When I lived in Louisville, on the nights I'd drink like Nick Nolte on his birthday, there was nothing better than LaBamba and their "Burritos As Big As Your Head". Yes, White Castle is great, as is Fatburger out West; but nothing compares to the culinary gangbang that is a LaBamba Super Burrito.

If you live in Louisville, Chicago, Columbass, or a college town in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin, there's a LaBamba near you, you lucky bastard. For the rest of us, we can only dream of the savory delights.

So, does anyone have a favorite food when they've had a few too many? For you non-drinkers out there (freaks), do you have a favorite late-night snack? Talk to me, people.


60 Comments:

Blogger Cladeedah said...

In Reno, it was without a doubt the "Awful Awful" - this giant burger you'd get at the Nugget (downtown or Sparks). I think they gave out prizes to people who could finish two w/ fries.

Blogger Karen said...

Good mexican food is always welcome when drunk, so long as it's not the type of drunk where there will be spewing. I tend to drink a glass of water in between the booze drinks, to avoid dehydration/hangovers, and try to have some nibbles of some type of bread for the same reason. But oh yeah, mexican food is best when tieing one on!

YES! Without question, LaBamba's is the shit! How many times you think we stumbled in there on a Saturday night? It is the single greatest drunk food in existence. Despite the fact that right across the street (and directly next door to each other) are an Animal Hospital and a Vietnamese restaurant (Scary), Eating a giant burrito with other drunkards is an experience that I recommend to all.

Blogger Cherry! said...

For me it's salami, prosciutto and cheese.

Blogger katarina said...

I can't eat a thing when I'm drinking. I will definately chunk.
I eat cereal before going out, but then I'm done as soon as I have that first drink. I can't even drink beer or wine with a meal.

Blogger FRITZ said...

I don't drink anymore, BUT, in college, it was Home Run Pizza (delivery until 3am, after that, you had to scrape it yourself out of the gutter from which it was created).

It was an extra large pizza, easily two feet across. It was swimming in orange grease. The cheese was not so much a dairy product but an idea of something wet and chewy.

By God, it was good drunk food.

Blogger FRITZ said...

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Blogger tlsd said...

It's generally donner kebab in the uk, well certainly London... they come in 3 sizes: 'small', 'regular' and 'fall asleep before you finish eating'... all with blow your head off 'chilli sauce' of course

Personally a pint of water is my favoured option...

Blogger AMS said...

garlic and cheese chips and a cup of tea. you can't beat it.

Blogger Nick said...

There was this place in Lawrence called Burrito King that had essentially the same thing as you describe in your post.

Their tag line should have been "Hangover? I'd worry more about the agonizing diarrhea, if I were you."

or

"Nachos & the excessive evacuation of watery feces."

You need something that is going to absorb the alcohol without prompting the alcohol and food back up.

Back in my clubbing days, we would go to Nation's Hamburgers and get a double cheese with everything (I'd make sure to stay away from the tomatoes because I couldn't keep them down).

Or Mel's Diner and start the day right, with a big breakfast. The hashbrowns and toast do a good job of soaking up the booze.

Blogger Cold Hands said...

Ive gotta go with Taco Bell.....

Blogger myboyfriendiscrazy said...

My favorite food when I'm drunk is more alcohol.

Blogger MsHellion said...

Hands down, I have to get breakfast food. Particularly at Denny's. There's something about hashbrowns and toast and the occasional chicken fried steak that sets everything right with the world.

Blogger Sysm said...

In my home town, they opened up a White Castle right across the street from the police station. And the bank was right next door.

So it was usually a good idea, when withdrawing money from the ATM, to get enough to cover both the drunk food and bail.

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Blogger afromabq said...

we have village inn's all over new mexico, and they have chili cheese fries that so make a drunk even more perfect...and i'm not talking texas chili...i'm talking hot, red chili from new mexico...very different and so much better! (plus, you can never go wrong w/pizza, w/pepperoni and green chili)

Blogger JJ said...

Mexican breakfast. Doesn't matter where, as long as it's throat burning acid hot. For Burritos as big as your head, we've got Freebird's.

Blogger yournamehere said...

cladeedah,
The "Awful Awful"? Ha. Depending on where I was, I'd go to Steak and Shake (ummmmm), or Fatburger.

vixen,
yeah, you have to drink the water.

vast,
I don't think you were there the night the Mexican cooks sexually harrassed the girlfriend of a guy who looked like Suge Knight. We got the food to go.

cherry,
that sounds good, but only when I'm sober.

kat,
I usually like to have a coke with a meal, but I'll drink afterwards.

fritz,
I think bad pizza is better drunk food than good, authentic pizza.
And I'm thinking of revoking your VIP status now that I know you don't drink.

Blogger yournamehere said...

tlsd,
Since Donner was the last name of the guy who ate people to survive after a plane crash, I thought for a second you were a cannibal. The real thing isn't much better, though. Mutton on a bun? Is all English cuisine based on a dare? Love ya, though!

ams,
I think I've had a version of those at an Irish Pub. I wasn't drunk (yet), but they went good with a Guiness.

nick,
yeah, LaBamba was always the final destination before you headed home. You didn't go to a bar, eat LaBambas and then go dancing.

writepro,
I like a big breakfast the morning (or afternoon) after, when I've had a little sleep.

cold hands,
sometimes you gotta ring the bell, although the presence of a LaBamba makes that place unnecessary.

myboyfriendiscrazy,
you are my kind of girl. If you ever want to trade your crazy boyfriend for someone who's merely borderline, let me know.

mshellion,
I got sick after eating at Denny's one night, and although it was mainly because of the well drinks I'd downed, I can only eat breakfast there after a good sleep.

sysm,
I had a cop tell me to keep the noise down at a White Castle once. On the way out, with the cops still present, I loudly apologized to the staff, and to the other patrons for ruining the fine dining ambience that is White Castle at 4am. I'm surprised I wasn't arrested.

Blogger Onyx said...

It was always either (a) Denny's (on a good night Jenny's - gay Denny's) or (b) dog food tacos at Jack in the Crack.

Blogger yournamehere said...

abfrom,
I don't believe I've ever been to a Village Inn, but it sounds good.

jj,
a good breakfast burrito may be God's food. I'm a recent convert to the joys of these culinary gems.

Ugg, I don't even wanna think about throwing up a burrito as big as my head. I prefer Taco Bell-sized.

Blogger miss kendra said...

i love a burrito when i'm drunk.

or ribs.

mmm ribs.

or fries.

let's get drunk and eat vegas.

Blogger Violet said...

I'd have to go with breakfast food as well. My favorite is two pancakes with two eggs over medium covered in syrup and a little salt. With milk. Then...mmm...tuck me into bed.

Blogger Trix said...

White Castle. Two Sliders with cheese, an order of onion rings, and an orange soda.

Can I overnight fedex a burrito to you? La Bamba is RIGHT down the street from me...

Blogger Hulkster said...

Illegal Pete's is the place to go for giant burritos in Denver/Boulder. There are Chipotle outposts everywhere, but Pete's has them beat every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

And for drunken and/or stoned consumption of bad, greasey breakfast foods at 3:00 am, there's noplace to go but Waffle House. IHOP will do in a pinch, but you just can't beat the Awful Waffle.

Blogger tlsd said...

HEY... don't knock it 'till you've tried it!!

You might like it... and it comes with salad, so that means it's healthy... right?!

Blogger little ol' me? said...

A trip to the truck stop for chicken fried steak with gravy, eggs and hashbrowns is necessary after a night of killing brain cells.

Blogger Dale said...

Something called a donair which is similar to a Gyros - only better. Mystery meat, cheese and sauce basically. Typical habitat - eastern provinces of Canada.

Blogger Butchieboy said...

I eat La Bamba when I'm not blotto. Hands down best drunk food = White Castle.

Blogger Rachel said...

Howards Pizza here. OMG it's so greasy and cheesy and good and soooooo bad for you.

You know, for all the years I rotted in Champaign-Urbana I never ate at La Bamba.

I'm not a big fan of Mexican anymore-following a case of food poisoning after eating at a taqueria on the PCH but I can't resist a good breakfast burrito.

OH! And the best drunk food is chicken souvlaki/shwarma/tarna and a side of poutine. Running close in second is tomato-grilled cheese sammiches dipped it ketchup with a side of crispy crispy fries. And for third place I'll agree with Hulkster and say Waffle House or Breakfast Diner with Surly Waitstaff Beaten down by Life and Spoons of Dubious Cleanliness.

Blogger Livia said...

I used to love Denny's, but I've recently have gotten addicted to hot dogs with cheese. I know... I know... GROSS... (I don't eat hot dogs sober) but half in the bag hot dogs are delicious!!

Blogger FRITZ said...

Wait a minute...I drink a LOT. I just slapped down three cosmopolitans, one Bass ale, two shots of CaboWabo, and finished it all with a fuzzy navel.

And this is a quiet night.

DO NOT REVOKE THE FRITZ

Blogger Ilovebawlz said...

Sushi Mon. They're open til 3am!

Blogger MoDigli said...

Any breakfast food from a greasy spoon diner! Mmmm... hashbrowns, pancakes, french toast, omelettes ... those are the best drunk foods EVER!

Blogger MoDigli said...

... or a whopper, jr.

those are pretty good when you're drunk, too!

Blogger Kath said...

In CA, my faves were In-N-Out or Green Burrito.

FL, Steak'N'Shake.

CO, haven't found any one particular place but we always manage to find something, somewhere. I will have to try Illegal Pete's tho...thanks Hulkster.

Todd, I forgot to mention that a friend of mine had his car stolen from the LaBamba at the University of Chicago. The lure of a bright orange Gremlin outshined that of a huge burrito. Bastards.

Blogger yournamehere said...

onyx,
Gay Denny's? Isn't Denny's the antithesis of all things gay?

andi,
I never threw up from LaBamba. Ever. It absorbs the alcohol.

kendra,
are you coming to Vegas? I heard from the grapevine you were. If so, when?

violet,
that is a great breakfast, but I'd have to be sober first.

Trix,
I don't have White Castle here, either. Damn. Yes, fedex a burrito and a dozen Castles. You are a saint. A smokin' hot saint.

hulkster,
Chipotle is good, but they close pretty early.

tlsd,
I'm knocking it, baby, but not knocking you.

little,
a truck stop? I think it's dangerous to get on the interstate after drinking.

Blogger yournamehere said...

dale,
is there back-bacon in that concoction?

butchie,
White Castle is soooo delicious.

rachel,
that sounds great. I'm hungry now.

monkey mc,
you should have gone to LaBambas. And do you cook while drunk? That's dangerous.

livi,
there was a place called Skyline that was open late and they served chili cheese dogs. Gooooood.

fritz,
just kidding. No need to lie to me.

bawlz,
sushi as drunk food? Since it's you, I'll take your word for it.

mo,
is Burger King open that late? Or do you get drunk really early?

kath,
my only problem with In-n-out is that they close at one-thirty.

vast,
someone stole a Gremlin? Haha.

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Blogger Secret said...

When I used to drink it was Denny's for me.

Now it's just a bowl of Lucky Charms to indulge myself. *sigh*

Blogger katarina said...

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Blogger da buttah said...

am the only person who has no craving or inclination to eat food when i'm fuckin two sheets to the wind?

it can't be i'm that weird, can it?!

Blogger Ćœbermilf said...

The Burritos are classic, but in Chicago (just the city, mind you) there are a bunch of awful diners called "The Golden Nugget" which are all open 24 hours and located wherever night life thrives.

There are also "Golden Apples," which try to mimic the Golden Nuggets.

They all suck, yet drunks congregate there in droves.

Blogger Shannon said...

I always crave a quesadilla from Del Taco...I'll actually eat anything cheesy, fried, or both.

Then I follow that with a vitamin and a liter of water.

Blogger miss kendra said...

i'm meeting jiggs casey et al on may 20th!

will you be in attendance??? that would RULE!

Blogger Tumbleweed said...

shit Tood, I had to read that thing 4 times. I couldn't get past the words "culinary gangbang"....very hot!
I go for Mexican, Pizza and Breakfast food.....or skip the eats and go right to sex....then food. Don't judge me, we are talking about being drunk here!

Blogger little ol' me? said...

Toddy,
No interstate travel is needed to get to our truck stop. Right on the edge of town, 5 minutes from anywhere.

We may be drunk....but we're safe drunks!

Blogger Nick said...

Did you check out that Butchie guy's profile. Cat's are gay, dude.

Blogger Cold Hands said...

shoot - how could I have forgotten Waffle House?!?!?! Do you have those in Vegas, cause were totally going at 3 am when I come to visit.

Mmmmmmmmm waffles with a side of covered smothered hashbrowns......

Blogger yournamehere said...

superlong,
I bet you say that to all the boys.

teri,
they're magically delicious.

kat,
that comment frightened me.

buttah,
not weird, just unique.

ubie,
there's a place in Louisville called Twig-n-Leaf (Motto: Tops in Food) that used to be good but survies on reputation and nostalgia. The food is not so good.

Blogger yournamehere said...

shannon,
I'll not go near a Del Taco while Sober. I get the Macho Nachos.

kendra,
if someone tells me where to be, I'll attend.

tumbleweed,
drunken sex? I love you.

little ol',
truck stop in town? Good. Or I'm sorry. Whichever applies.

nick,
he's one of those party guys you hear about.

cold hands,
no Waffle House in Vegas. How about Fatburger? Or a good casino coffee shop?

Blogger Holly's Boyfriend said...

There is a La Bambas in broad ripple indianapolis that I used to go to (drunk of course). The first time in there was apparently some kind of right of passage for me from the perspective of all my hoosier friends. Anyway I distinctly remember asking:

"Give me the burrito that is as big as your head."

The guy behind the counter didn't really know how to ring the order up, but that was all I would say,

"Give me the burrito that is as big as your head."

Those fucking indiana boys couldn't stop laughing.

Anyway, when I moved to Colorado, this morphed into:

"Give me a burrito that is as big as a prarrie dog."

Blogger myboyfriendiscrazy said...

Thanks, you'll be the first person I call. :D

Blogger DogGirl said...

I eat at the Y if I'm lucky.

Blogger Ibur said...

Good old home cooking, flavored with the good intentions of an angry parent.

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