The twelve best stoner spots to cure the munchies in Denver on 4/20
In Denver, 4/20 is a special holiday -- and no, we don't mean Easter. It's a day to partake in a certain herb that Coloradans seem to love. With parties all over the city and a big rally at Civic Center Park pushing legalization -- oh, wait --- well, a big rally pushing something, there are few better ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday than loading up a bowl. Since doing so is almost inevitably followed by cravings for cheap, delicious food, we decided to fill your basket with a dozen places where any stoner can satiate a case of the munchies.
12) Pretty much any fast food outlet
Weed is now legal in this state and available to the 21+ masses -- but the stereotype of the typical pothead having a slim wallet still holds. That's what's so great about fast food when you have the munchies: It's not only cheap, but you can find it anywhere, in some of the most diabolical food hybrids known to man. When you're high, the closest place will probably be your best bet -- but since you're in Denver, why not indulge in some local fare? The Mile High City is clearly high on fast food, with plenty of homegrown options, including Good Times, Smashburger, Noodles & Company, Qdoba and Chipotle.
11) Cheba Hut
1531 Champa Street
Fast food is great in a pinch, but you can easily treat your tastebuds for only a few bucks more. If you're at Civic Center Park for the 4/20 rally, Cheba Hut's downtown location is a short walk. The menu could be mistaken for a dispensary roster, and with pot-friendly sandwiches like the AK-47, White Widow and Kali Mist, Cheba Hut will definitely make tokers feel at home. To top it all off, on 4/20 it will be offering a Nug (it's a four-inch sandwich, not weed) with chips and a drink for $4.20.
10) D.P. Dough
1228 East Colfax Avenue
D.P. Dough has several things going for it: It's cheap -- there are $5 calzones specials every day; it offers delivery; and it's open until 2 or 3 a.m. most days. The regular menu features calzones stuffed with everything from steak and potatoes to hamburger, cheddar and Mexican seasoning to buffalo chicken and blue cheese; there are also more traditional versions. And if your mouth is feeling a little dry, you can choose from a rainbow of dipping sauces. Whatever you're craving, D.P. Dough has you covered -- and you don't even have to get off the couch.
9) Masterpiece Delicatessen
Masterpiece Deli has truly mastered the art of sandwich-making. In fact, when you're under the influence, it's entirely possible you will be thrown into a munchie-induced anxiety attack just trying to whittle down your selections. From stoner basics like PB & J and grilled cheese to such artful choices as white-truffle egg salad, roasted vegetable and seared ahi tuna, Masterpiece will have you drooling despite that cottonmouth. The LoHi store also boasts a small patio that makes up for what it lacks in size, with a great view of downtown.
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The forecast for Sunday is currently sitting comfortably in the 70s, though Colorado natives know how quickly that can change. Assuming all goes as foretold by the great meteorologists, the weather will be warm, and that means ice cream will be a hot commodity. Sweet Action Ice Cream isn't far from the action downtown, and with flavors like Stranahan's whiskey brickle, buttered popcorn and Cadbury creme egg, if you can't find something you like, you may have smoked a little too much.
7) Biker Jim's
2148 Larimer Street
The Best of Denver 2014 winner for Best Hot Dog, Biker Jim's is our favorite street-meat slinger in town. What sets it apart is a unique menu that features sausages made from animals that walk, fly and slither. And you can get all the dogs slathered in cream cheese and caramelized onions, chili, roasted cactus and a number of other tasty toppings. Jim's doesn't just do dogs: The Ballpark neighborhood restaurant also offers chipotle brownie ice cream sandwiches, fried mac and cheese, shakes and, of course, a plethora of adult beverages.
6) Mellow Mushroom
Pizza is a classic stoner food, and for good reason: It's cheap, easy to eat and usually delicious. Mellow Mushroom has a stoner-friendly vibe, and its downtown location isn't far from Civic Center, with a great patio right on the 16th Street Mall. The pizza menu features combos like the Thai Dye, Maui Wowie and Holy Shiitake; there are also sandwiches, soups, salads and calzones. Sure, passersby might give you a funny look as you manhandle half a slice of ranch-drenched pizza, but just remember that they're probably not enjoying themselves half as much as you are. Mellow Mushroom also has a Littleton location if you plan on having a chiller 4/20.
5) Hapa Sushi
Sushi may not be the first thing that comes to mind after you set down the pipe, but Hapa Sushi isn't your average sushi joint. Not only has this homegrown chain used pot heavily in its advertising hijinks, but it's even garnered national attention with its faux weed-pairing menu. But while you might not be able to pair your rolls with pre-rolls and your maki with marijuana, you can still enjoy dishes like Hapa's magic mushrooms (avocado wrapped in salmon and topped with Japanese aioli and sweet soy), spicy tuna nachos and cheap drinks during happy hour. Dip into the Hapa Sushi website for more details.
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This food truck might be tough to track down if you're having trouble finding the remote on your couch, but if you can find it on 4/20, you'll have stumbled onto something as magical as a unicorn. A unicorn that serves up delicious grilled gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Forget the PB&J of your youth; this truck turns out magnificent sandwiches ranging from sweet to savory.The Thai, for example, is a heavenly blend of spicy peanut butter, orange marmalade, coconut, fresh basil and crushed peanuts.
1520 East Colfax Avenue
Break out the Visine, because doughnuts aren't going to be the only things glazed at Voodoo on 4/20. This Oregon-based doughnut shop has been immensely popular since it opened on Colfax a few months ago; the cult favorite must have been using black magic to not only pump out doughnuts 24/7, but also to keep a zombie-like crowd shuffling and drooling in line outside its door for much of that time. Fortunately, the line might be a little more tolerable when you're stoned -- and the wait is worth it, since the store's doughnuts are embellished with such stoner favorites as bacon, Cap'n Crunch and Froot Loops. The lineup even includes a Maple Blazer Blunt doughnut, which is sure to be a hit on 4/20.
2013 West 32nd Avenue
You can't go wrong with a restaurant called "Mary Jane's" -- especially if it's a pizza joint. This restaurant caters specifically to the late-night stoner, since it's open from 11 p.m. to 4:20 a.m. There's a great menu of pies available, but if your head is too foggy to decide, just go with the munchies pizza.
1) Sexy Pizza
While the national media may know Kayvan Khalatbari as a thirty-year-old wunderkind of cannabis, with a consulting firm that takes him around the country, many in Denver just know him as the guy who pays them to talk on stage, since he's poured profits from his Sexy Pizza chain into efforts to bolster Denver's comedy scene, including SexPot Comedy. Sexy Pizza now has three locations -- one in Capitol Hill, one on South Pearl, and one that just opened this week in Jefferson Park, right in time for 4/20. But if you can't hit any of those spots, Sexy also delivers.
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