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Men's Health: FedEx Feasts

FedEx Feasts

Tired of takeout? Mail-order these meals insteadE


Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 12:00 am

OPTION 1: WINGS WHAT TO BUY 50 medium-hot wings from Frank & Tessa's Anchor Bar & Restaurant in Buffalo, New York. $70.

THE REP Anchor Bar is "The Original Home of Buffalo Chicken Wings," which you'll blather on and on about next time you're out with the guys. 2 POINTS NUTRITION FACTOR When nutritionists tell us to eat chicken, they're talking about a different breed of bird: A dozen wings packs 40-plus grams of fat--and that's before the blue cheese. 2 POINTS

EASE OF PREP Crystal-clear instructions point out that the wings are better in-house. 3 POINTS

BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK FACTOR It's worth a couple of extra bucks just to say you've had the original. 3 POINTS

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ORDER IT . . . When you want kickin' chicken, but your usual wing purveyor's top priority is pizza. 10 POINTS

OPTION 2: STEAK WHAT TO BUY Two USDA prime porterhouse steaks (36 oz) from Brooklyn's long-loved (since 1877) Peter Luger Steak House. $200.

THE REP These hand-selected prime cuts are of the highest pedigree. And thanks to FedEx, Wall Street types aren't the only ones who can enjoy them. 5 POINTS

NUTRITION FACTOR You'll get a day's worth of iron in these slabs, plus ample B6 and B12. You'll also get fat. Our advice: Invite three friends over and split the steaks (and the bill). 4 POINTS

EASE OF PREP Don't order such select cuts if you can't cook. 2 POINTS

BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK Factor It's hard to call a $200 slab of meat a steal . . . until you taste it. 2 POINTS

ORDER IT . . . To reward yourself for scoring that promotion. Pair it with a martini. 13 POINTS OPTION 3: SEAFOOD PLATTER WHAT TO BUY Maine Shore Clambake Deluxe from Lobster Gram: two live lobsters, 2 pounds of fresh clams, clam chowder, potatoes, and sweet corn. $155.

THE REP One-stop shopping for high-quality shellfish and everything you need to enjoy it, from the lobster to the pot to cook it in. 4 POINTS

NUTRITION FACTOR Lean, low-cal, high-protein shellfish make this the clear winner (go easy on the butter). Ten clams packs twice the amount of iron that's in the steak, and the fixin's keep it balanced. 5 POINTS

EASE OF PREP Overly in-depth direc-tions don't make it easy to kill the little lobsters. You beast. 1 POINT

bang-for-Your-Buck Factor Lobsters and cherrystone clams: $155. Barry White action factor: priceless. 4 POINTS

ORDER IT... If you want to score big--without trying too hard. 14 POINTS OPTION 4: BABY BACK RIBS WHAT TO BUY A two-slabber from Memphis's Charles Vergo's Rendezvous. $90.

THE REP The smokin' ribs served up at this self-described "harbinger of Memphis taste" are world famous--for good reason. 1 POINT

NUTRITION FACTOR Ribs provide healthy amounts of B vitamins, iron, and zinc, but mostly they're full of fat--and we're not talking the heart-healthy kind. 1 POINT

EASE OF PREP Simple: Grill, bake, or nuke 'em. 4 POINTS

BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK Factor Huge. Per person, these ribs cost about what you'd spend at your local sports bar. 5 POINTS

ORDER IT . . . As a kickback to your buddies after you steal all their money at poker. 11 POINTS OPTION 5: DEEP-DISH PIZZA WHAT TO BUY Cheese-and-sausage pie from Chicago's ubiquitous Lou Malnati's. $35.

THE REP Malnati's father trained at the world's first deep-dish pizzeria in the '40s. Real pizza requires a knife and fork, Pops used to say. 3 POINTS

NUTRITION FACTOR Half of a sausage pizza supplies a third of the calories and half of the fat you need in a day. It also packs calcium and lycopene, an antioxidant shown to fight off certain cancers. 3 POINTS

EASE OF PREP Remove from box. Put in oven. Wait. 5 POINTS

BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK FACTOR It's deep-dish and delish, but--sorry, Lou--it's not 10 times better than DiGiorno. 1 POINT

ORDER IT . . . When the Cubs win the World Series or the Bulls make the playoffs, whichever comes first. 12 POINTS

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