When the munchies strike, you don't have to go far to find stellar stoner food in Chicago—after all, we are known for our stacked deep dish and messy hot dogs. Not just available on 4/20, these indulgent menu items are pretty much designed for a post-joint snack, whether you're craving a massive burger, cereal-coated French toast or tacos by the dozen. There's no denying that these dishes are over the top, but that's what you're looking for, right? Take a look at 16 of our favorite stoner-approved foods around Chicago.
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Best stoner foods in Chicago
The Horseshoe, an open-face Texas toast burger topped with cheese fries, originated in Springfield, and it's just the kind of thing you want to demolish while stoned.
When ordinary fried chicken won't do, consider fried chicken nachos. (What is this? Heaven?) Plus, the kind folks at Honey Butter Fried Chicken will deliver them to you (on Thursdays only) or you can eat them at the Avondale restaurant. They're topped with fried chicken, pimento cheese sauce, candied jalapeños, lime crema and corn salsa.
Weed-induced cravings can be hard to predict, but if you've got a hankering for both lobster (fancy!) and a good ole Chicago-style hot dog, book it to Café Marie-Jeanne for this stacked mashup. Smoked lobster is stuffed into a pillowy brioche bun and topped with mustard, pickled shishitos, onions, pickle, relish and tomatoes. Be prepared to giggle when you try to shove this monstrosity in your mouth.
When the munchies strike, sometimes only a German street food delicacy will satiate your cravings. Head to Dmen Tap (which serves the same menu as the popular Dönermen food truck) and ask for the soul-satisfying currywurst, with hunks of sausage and French fries covered in a delicious red curry sauce.
You can find one of the most indulgent desserts in the city at a brewery. For all of your stoner needs, say hello to the 12-layer cake at Moody Tongue Brewing Company. It's a towering German chocolate confection that's layered with buttercream frosting, chocolate cereal and espresso cheesecake. Need we say more?
Big Star makes it easy on potheads—just walk up to the take-out window and order the walking taco, a bag of Fritos that’s cut open and topped with spicy pinto beans, salsa, crema, cheese, onion and cilantro. And at $3 a pop, you can afford a few.
Wrigleyville and Bucktown stoners have a mecca in Dimo’s, where there are things like s'more pizza. Dimo's always has its signature mac & cheese pizza: super-gooey pasta on top of a pie.
If high you craves sweet over savory, consider a warm, sugar-dusted Italian donut with a squeezable tube of vanilla bean custard (or salted caramel or Nutella). BomboBar's walk-up window makes it easy to indulge on the go.
What is it about French toast that causes restaurants to behave like stoners? At Flo, the bread is covered with Fruity Pebbles cereal and topped with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
To be honest, it doesn't matter what kind of tacos you order at this no-frills Noble Square spot, but we do have a soft spot for the al pastor—the meat is tender and laced with rich adobo essence. Just don't forget to hit the ATM before you go; it's a cash-only establishment.
Patience is a virtue at this underground institution. If you can wait out the line, you'll be rewarded with a pizza pot pie—a literal bread bowl filled with sauce and melty cheese. It's the kind of thing that stoner dreams are made of.
While you can opt for one, two or three steak burger patties—which come topped with cheese, peanut butter, applewood-smoked bacon and sriracha sauce—just go ahead and get three. This isn’t the time to mess around.
Chicago chef Mindy Segal is the mad scientist behind this ingenious treat that’s half doughy brownie, half cocoa rice brittle and 100 percent fucking awesome.
The nearly foot-tall monstrosity at Little Goat consists of a goat burger, braised beef, barbecue pork, pickled jalapeños, salsa verde, onion rings and cheddar. We can't imagine ordering this in a non-stoned state.
The Patio's combo (an Italian beef and sausage smushed into a giant bun) is nothing short of legendary. Get it hot and dipped for the full experience. If you're totally baked, you may want to eat this in the Italian Stance to avoid dripping grease on yourself.
This big bowl of popcorn topped with bacon bits, Parmesan and crisp sage will be demolished in seconds, whether you're riding high or totally sober.