You’ve finished smoking a blunt when it happens: Munchies!
Hey, look, that snack attack is totally backed by science. European neuroscientists from the University of Bordeaux found in a study that marijuana’s THC can put your sense of smell and taste buds on high (pardon the pun) alert, leading to the increase in your appetite.
But rather than trying to cobble together a sandwich with your refrigerator that’s mostly just condiments anyways, you’ve got plenty of tasty options in this Mile High City, many of which are open late or are just a short Uber ride away. There are also plenty of takeout options since many of these spots deliver (bonus for not having to leave your apartment or the hotel if you’re a visitor to Denver).
But even if you’re able to decide on a place right away, what do you order? Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with the most 420-friendly grub in town so you don’t end up spacing out to the point you forget to eat again (it’s cool, man, we’ve all been there).
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1531 Champa Street Denver, CO (with locations all over Colorado)
OK, so Cheba Hut is totally gimmicky with their “toasted” subs and weed punny sandwich names, but that doesn’t mean they don’t also happen to make tasty sandwiches. Bonus: You’ll probably giggle some reading the menu. (Yes, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is called a sticky icky). Choose your bread size first (4” nug, 8” pinner, or 12” blunt) and then decide what you’d like on the inside. We recommend the White Widow, which is a chicken ranch sub, and make sure to get it loaded with all the fixins. Vegetarians can opt for the Humboldt. But one thing to not pass up? A tall cup of Kool-Aid, served on tap because hey, for old time’s sake.
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3237 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO
For the wake-n-bakers out there, there’s always Denver Biscuit Co. The DBC is popular among the locals for a reason: They do incredibly inventive things with biscuits. So if you’re a biscuit fan, you’ll probably want to order everything off their menu. Save yourself the indecision though, and just dive into a biscuit pot pie, which is a bowl with pot pie filling, and the pièce de résistance, AKA a biscuit, in the middle. You can get it with chicken or vegetarian, and if you somehow can’t finish it, it still tastes amazing hours later.
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1018 E. 11th Ave. Denver, CO (with locations in Capitol Hill, Old South Pearl, and Jefferson Park)
Sexy Pizza just sounds appealing, yes? For starters, they serve some of the best New York-style pizza in town, so, all of you East Coast transplants, that’s something to celebrate. Also, they’re owned by “cannabiz man” Kayvan Khalatbari. But to make things even better: When you order some of their slices, like the Sexy Sheikh, the pizza shop donate $1 per pie to a non-profit organization (in this case, it goes to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which might delight you as a consumer of cannabis). And finally, with toppings like pepperoni, cream cheese, jalapenos, and mozzarella, you really can’t go wrong.
04 of 07
1520 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO
Few things in life go together like weed and sugary, crunchy cereal. But if you’re tired of your usual bowl of milk and Kix (or Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, whatever), head over to Voodoo Doughnuts and snag a Captain My Captain Doughnut. Basically, it’s a doughnut topped with that most heavenly of breakfast foods: Captain Crunch. Best of all? Voodoo is open 24/7 so you’ll never be denied the satisfaction of pure unadulterated doughnut heaven. Their doughnuts dress up a little bit for holidays and special occasions like 4/20. Pro tip: It’s cash only at this joint.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
2800 W. Evans Ave. Denver, CO
Some say that nachos are the ideal munchie food while others would say cheese fries are it. But what if you could combine the two? At Tacos Rapidos, you can have the best of both worlds, by ordering a plate of carne asada fries. At the base, shoestring french fries, generously topped with carne asada, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. In a word, their heavenly. And for the vegetarians out there, you can always sub the carne with beans.
06 of 07
1222 Madison St. Denver, CO
Whether you’re an omnivore or a vegan, you can find something delish on the menu at TAG. The Congress Park burger joint offers angus, buffalo, veggie, salmon, turkey and standard beef patties that can be ordered in styles like the Truffle Shuffle, the Godzilla, and the Colorado Proud. But if burgers aren’t your thing, you’ll definitely want to nosh on their custom-made Cheez-It Mac-N-Cheese bowls, topped with everything from pico de gallo and chicken tenders to buffalo sauce and bleu cheese.
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1962 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206
Delivery: Yes, with Doordash
Truth be told, Denverites are kinda’ early birds, and the city’s restaurant scene doesn’t stay up much past 10 p.m. If your munchies don’t coincide with the early-bird special, you’ll be in good company at Pete’s Kitchen, which is a lively late-night Greek diner on Colfax. You’ve got options here … reubens, T-bone steaks, traditional breakfast dishes. But to get this right, opt for a gyro sandwich and fries. Your choice of meat is rolled up in a griddled pita and decked out with onions, tomatoes and heaps of feta cheese.