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Denver Restaurants With Stonerific Menu Items

Crush Pizza & Tap's 420 Pizza is topped with "whatever we feel like, no requests," according to the menu.
Crush Pizza & Tap's 420 Pizza is topped with "whatever we feel like, no requests," according to the menu. Courtesy Crush Pizza & Tap
A strong bout of hunger that often hits people after consuming THC, the munchies have been a longstanding pillar of stoner culture (and is actually explainable by science). And Denver restaurants are joining in the fun, with menu items across town geared toward the inebriated tastebuds of cannabis users.

Here are nine Denver restaurants with stoner-specific items that hit 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 every time, and depends on what the Crush kitchen feels like whipping up. Although diners can decide if they want a large deep-dish or hand-tossed pizza, what will top the $25 ’za is “whatever we feel like, no requests,” according to the Crush menu. Will it be cheeseburger sliders? Cream cheese and jelly? We've heard the stories, but smoke up 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 them tasting better than the version you'll find at Steuben's — which aren't made for dogs, by the way. The $8 "Steubie Snacks" are actually pieces of braised pork shoulder that are deep fried, then tossed in powdered sugar to make sweet and savory bites that are perfect after a post-work joint. Unfortunately, Steuben's has temporarily suspended Steubie Snacks as restaurant restrictions fluctuate during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we look forward to scarfing them down again soon.

Sexy Pizza
Four Denver locations
For the conscientious stoner, check out Sexy Pizza, a local chain of pizza parlors co-owned by former dispensary owner Kayvan Khalatbari. Anyone familiar with Khalatbari's history of activism won't be surprised to find that his stoner menu item is sprinkled in social justice, with proceeds from five different pizzas going to various charities. The Sexy Sheik, a pizza topped with pepperoni, jalapeños, cream cheese dollops and mozzarella, is our favorite; profits from the Sheik go to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national nonprofit group that advocates for drug-policy reform.

TAG Restaurant
1441 Larimer Street

Troy Guard's chic eatery is too refined to keep stonerific items on the menu year-round, but the award-winning restaurant isn't too cool for the fun on 4/20. Before COVID-19 wrecked in-person dining, TAG annually offered a special dinner menu on April 20, serving dishes like candied bacon, chicken-skin Doritos and Funyun-crusted sea bass. The 4/20 menu took a forced hiatus in 2020 during the pandemic, but hopefully Guard and his staff figure out a way to bring it back this year.
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Clara Geoghegan is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in anthropology with an emphasis on public health. She worked at Radio 1190’s News Underground and freelanced for Denverite. She is now the cannabis intern at Westword.
Contact: Clara Geoghegan