Super "Bowl" Sunday: The Gut Check Guide to Curing the Munchies


       Two words: The Dam. | Jennifer Silverberg
  •        Two words: The Dam. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off this Sunday in the Super Bowl and in case you haven't noticed, both of those states got real friendly with an entirely different kind of "bowl" recently. In celebration of both states' recent legalization of marijuana, many will be marking game day by getting incredibly, unreasonably high. And we know -- too well -- what that means: Everyone is going to get real, real hungry.

We've got you covered. Whether you're staying home, going out, are forced to contribute a food item to a party you don't even want to go to, or want something delivered, we have the perfect guide for your post-Super Bowl munchies.

See also: Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Super Bowl

Now if you're planning to combine the eating and the getting high, there are plenty of recipes to use with good ol' Mary Jane. Our own Zach Garrison has a tested-and-perfected recipe for "butter boosting," a.k.a. a cannabis-laced butter that you can use in any number of recipes, including mashed potatoes and popcorn. You can find all of his recipe suggestions here. Here's the formula for butter boosting:

1. Using a coffee or spice mill, pulverize one-half ounce of plant matter.

2. Into a medium saucepan, pour three-quarters of a cup of water and bring to a boil.

3. Melt half a cup of butter into the boiling water, add the ground grass, cover and simmer over low heat for 35 minutes.

4. Filter the contents of the saucepan through a cheesecloth or sieve into a container, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Next: Going out?

       Want. | Jennifer Silverberg
  •        Want. | Jennifer Silverberg

We realized a few months ago the Dam (3173 Morganford Road; 314-771-3173) is a stoner's dream. Plus, you can watch the game right next door at Amsterdam Tavern. As our restaurant critic Cheryl Baehr put it in her review, "the Dam will leave you staggering out of its doors in a decadence-induced hallucinogenic stupor, not unlike the conditions under which its menu was possibly conceived. Thankfully, this culinary red-light district is 100 percent legal."

May we recommend the "Animal"? The three-patty holdover from owner Michele Coen-Racanelli previous venture, Big V's, is topped with American cheese, grilled onions, barbecue sauce and a whole, grilled jalapeno. You can thank us later.

Next: You have to go to a party and you have to bring something.

       Maple bacon cupcakes. | The Cup
  •        Maple bacon cupcakes. | The Cup

As always, the Cup (28 South Maryland Plaza; 314-367-6111) has come through with a themed and delicious cupcake. It's the perfect football cupcake, really, if there is such a thing. Get the maple bacon cupcake: down-home maple cake with toasted pecans and candied bacon pieces baked inside, topped with maple brown sugar frosting, toasted pecans and candied pecan-wood smoked bacon. Your host will be so impressed, they won't even notice how weird your eyes look.

Next: Can't find the door?

       Oatmeal raisin cookies from Dough to Door. | Mabel Suen
  •        Oatmeal raisin cookies from Dough to Door. | Mabel Suen

We get it -- at this point, it would be really irresponsible to leave your house. But you weren't thinking ahead and there are not, in fact, perfectly warm and delicious cookies ready to be taken out of your oven. Dough to Door (567A Melville Avenue, University City; 314-932-7999) is here to save you.

You can order single cookies, half a dozen, a dozen or two dozen. There are also combos that come with milk, and you can order your own custom half dozen of cookies. We're eyeing the "Gooey Pretzel," made with plain dough, pretzel M&M's and caramel chips, and the "S'Mores," made with plain dough, graham cracker crumbles, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Order online or call 314-932-7999. Put that number in your phone. Now.

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