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As a strong hunger attack that often affects people after consuming THC, the nibbles have been a long-standing pillar of the stoner culture (and can actually be explained by science). And Denver restaurants are joining in the fun, with menus across town geared towards the drunk taste buds of cannabis users.
Here are nine Denver restaurants with stoner-specific products at every stop on the train to Flavor Town.
Crush Pizza & Tap, 420 pizza
1200 West 38th Avenue
What’s on the 420 pizza? We can’t tell you. It’s a different pizza each time and depends on how the crush kitchen feels to cook it. Although diners can choose whether they want a large deep-dish pizza or a hand-tossed pizza, what tops the $ 25 za is “whatever we want, no requests” according to the crush menu. Will it be cheeseburger sliders? Cream cheese and jelly? We heard the stories, but smoke it and find out for yourself.
523 East 17th Avenue
7355 Ralston Road, Arvada
We’ve never tried Scooby snacks, but it’s hard to imagine that they taste better than the version you find at Steuben – which, by the way, aren’t made for dogs. The $ 8 “Steubie Snacks” are actually pieces of braised pork shoulder that are deep fried and then tossed in powdered sugar to make sweet and savory bites that are perfect after a joint after work. Unfortunately, Steuben’s Steubie Snacks has been temporarily suspended as restaurant restrictions fluctuate during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we look forward to reducing them again soon.
Four locations in Denver
For the conscientious stoner, check out Sexy Pizza, a local chain of pizzerias owned by former pharmacy owner Kayvan Khalatbari. Anyone familiar with Khalatbari’s history of activism won’t be surprised to find that their stoner menu item is sprinkled with social justice, with proceeds from five different pizzas going to different charities. The Sexy Sheik, a pizza with peppers, jalapeños, cream cheese lumps and mozzarella, is our favorite; The sheikh’s win goes to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national non-profit group committed to drug policy reform.
1441 Larimer Street
Troy Guard’s chic restaurant is too sophisticated to have delicious dishes on the menu year-round, but the award-winning restaurant is open on April 20th. not too cool for fun. Before COVID-19 destroyed personal food, TAG offered a special evening menu on April 20 each year, serving dishes such as candied bacon, chicken skin Doritos, and Funyun-crusted sea bass. The 4/20 menu took a forced break in 2020 during the pandemic, but hopefully Guard and his staff will find a way to bring it back this year.
The Wild Corgi Pub’s Golden Goat Stoner Pack includes curd cheese, chicken tender, churros, a Capri Sun and Hi-C.
Wild corgi pub
1223 East 13th Avenue
The combination of dinner with cannabis in restaurants is in the distant future, but the Wild Corgi Pub’s stoner packs are a take-away alternative. For $ 20 each, the Wild Corgi Pub’s eight different stoner packs are named after the staff’s favorite cannabis strains and include fried and carnival favorites like chicken wings, sliders, mozzarella sticks and cheese curd, and desserts like oreo. Cosmic brownies and churros as well as a Capri Sun and Hi-C juice box. It’s the childhood lunch box you’ve always wanted for stoned adults.
1228 East Colfax Avenue
1335 Broadway, Boulder
Named for the famous Hawaiian sativa, DP Dough’s $ 8 Maui Wowi Zone crosses Hawaiian pizza flavors of ham and pineapple with a calzone. As if after a 10pm smoke session you needed another reason to try DP Dough.
Wake & Bake Denver
1301 South Broadway
A short drive from the Green Mile of Pharmacies on South Broadway, Wake & Bake Denver opened in an old Winchell’s Donuts location in July 2020, and the late hours of the store (1am to 8pm most days) were fast growing popular with the nearby vendors. For nighttime cravings, Wake & Bake will make you a “Waker’s Dozen,” a $ 10 box of thirteen different donuts chosen by the staff, but Wake & Bake also serves hearty items like breakfast bagels, sandwiches, and kolaches filled with combinations Sausages, cheese, jalapeño and egg.
1520 East Colfax Avenue
98 South Broadway
Portland-born Voodoo Donut opened its first Colorado store on Colfax Avenue in Denver in 2013, and the line at the door never really started. Any donut on the menu would satisfy the nibbles, but if you want to dig deeper, grab the blunt maple blazer. The $ 1.25 worth of yeast dough is rolled in cinnamon sugar with the end dipped in maple glaze and red sprinkles to look like a burning ember.
Thirteen Colorado locations
You might think we’re cheating here, but any restaurant nibbles list would be incomplete without mentioning the Cheba Hut. Founded in Tempe, Arizona in 1998, the national chain found a welcome outpost in Colorado, with more locations than any other state. And that’s no coincidence: Cheba Hut’s menus, decor, and staff are all steeped in cannabis culture, with sandwiches with names like Panama Red, White Widow, and Pakalolo, and nug, pinner, and blunt sandwiches.
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Clara Geoghegan is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied anthropology with a focus on public health. She worked for Radio 1190’s News Underground and freelanced for Denverite. She is now the cannabis intern at Westword.