5@5 - Chef Matt Levin
February 9th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Editors' Note: We are in no way endorsing the usage of the "wacky tobacky."

Just in case you decide to chug a can of Drank or a bottle from Cana Catering, Matt Levin of Adsum Restaurant thinks you need to know how to stave off the munchies.

In fact, his refined comfort food is often dubbed "stoner food" when it has been reviewed by critics. Brian Friedman wrote in his Philadelphia Weekly review that, "Ah, hell, it's 'food for stoners"' and "Adsum takes so-called 'stoner food' to places it has never been before."

Levin is no stranger to making the news with, shall we say, mood-altering substances. You may recognize him as the Philadelphia chef that threw the Four Loko-themed dinner party back in December.

But instead of a nice Loko-vore lady, looks like your dinner date is with Mary Jane.

Five Stoner Foods: Matt Levin

1. Tastykake Sliders
"A small burger made from our house-ground brisket, American cheese, sour cherry and hot pepper jam. I serve it between two peanut butter Kandy Kakes, which are covered in chocolate. The perfect balance of sweet and spicy with a little salty finish. It's just the perfect fatso, late night stoner combination!"

2. Foie Gras Poutine
"French fries, fried in duck fat, with two gravies - a foie gras gravy based in duck stock finished with cream, and a red wine gravy based in veal stock, mozzarella cheese curds with a chunk of sautéed foie gras. OMG, über fatso - the absolute perfect drunken stoner food. There is enough grease to soak up anything. Or go SUPER poutine and add bacon lardons, cheddar cheese powder and a fried duck egg. Like one guest said, 'Should we mortgage our arteries?'"

3. Fried Mac & Cheese
"A friend introduced me to this via Sheetz, a western Pennsylvania convenience store/gas station.  All I can say is, 'Wow!' Now, I love macaroni and cheese and I love fried everything, so obviously it's a match that I had to look hard at. Awesome crunch that oozes melted cheeses. Take these delicious cheesy nuggets and dip them into a tomato caramel to cure those crazy munchies."

4. Hot Wings "Matt Levin" Style
"Fried chicken wings tossed in a sauce made from melted white chocolate, habanero pepper and powdered milk.  The crispy wings with that burning heat of habanero chilies are mellowed by the creamy white chocolate. Take those wings and season them with toasted nori seaweed and sea salt - you get that earthiness and salty flavor to balance the spice and sweetness. Let's go smoke a bowl and get fat on these wings right now! Wait, did I just say that? I don't even really get stoned, but oh, how I love cooking fatso foods - and fatso and stoner food, pretty much the same thing."

5. Apple Doughnuts
"Are you seeing the same trend I am? Everything is fried! Yes, apple-filled dough is fried and tossed in cinnamon sugar and filled with cream cheese frosting hot right out of the fryer. After you've gotten your stoner food fix, you need dessert right? So, why not a total stoner dessert of hot doughnuts filled with cream cheese and rolled in sugar and cinnamon?"


Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. FrenchBD

    When is stouffers french bread pizza, topped with gummy bears with a reduction of yoohoo paired with a slim fast going to make the menu? And why mess with Poutine? This guy sounds like an idiot.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  2. soleada

    Snyders of Hanover pretzels are the absolute shizzz. Also, some frozen pizza, or if my boyfriend cooks, homemade tacos. Extra Cheezy Easy Mac is the bomb diggity as well. Throw in an extra slice of american cheese after you heat the noodles & add cheese powder... Yum!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:31 am |
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