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The 17 best stoner dishes in Chicago

Cure your post-blunt munchies with the help of these classic stoner eats, from towering burgers to vegetarian junk food

By Morgan Olsen, Zach Long and Emma Krupp

So you've just hit up one of the many weed dispensaries in Chicago and now you've got a gnawing case of the munchies. Lucky for you, the city has no shortage of stoner-friendly eats to satisfy every craving, whether you're looking to dig into some classic Chicago deep dish, have breakfast for dinner or feast on a massive slice of cake (or two). Can't peel yourself off the couch? Like all good stoner food, most of these snacks can be delivered straight to your doorstep. Sit back, relax and take a look at 17 of the best stoner dishes in Chicago. 

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Veg Crunch Wrap at Big Kids
Photograph: Wade McElroy

Veg Crunch Wrap at Big Kids

Restaurants Sandwich shops Logan Square

Break out of your late-night Taco Bell routine with the help of Big Kids' Vietnamese-inspired crunch wrap, which stuffs a tostada with banh mi-inspired fixings like pickles, cilantro, jalapeños and plenty of tangy mayo. Take note, meat-free stoners: this one can also be made vegan.

Photograph: Lindsay Gallup

Currywurst at Dmen Tap

Restaurants Turkish Avondale

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.

Horseshoe at Six Degrees
Photograph: Martha Williams

Horseshoe at 6 Degrees

Bars Sports Bars Bucktown

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Chocolate cake at Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Near South Side

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?

Walking taco at Big Star.
Photograph: Martha Williams

Walking taco at Big Star

Bars Mezcalerias Wicker Park

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 $3.50 a pop, you can afford a few.

Dimo's Mac n' Cheese Pizza
Photograph: Samantha Tadelman

Mac & cheese pizza at Dimo’s Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Wrigleyville

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 and melted cheddar on top of a pie.

Lonesome Rose
Photograph: Clayton Hauck

Truck stop nachos at Lonesome Rose

Restaurants Logan Square

If you're looking for a dish to share after getting baked with some friends, Lonesome Rose's truck stop nachos should do the trick. The generous helping of chips comes covered in queso, crema and black beans, with a variety of pickled veggies sprinkled on top (you can add beef, chicken or chorizo if you're craving protein). You don't have to be high to appreciate this barrage of Tex-Mex flavors and textures, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

Photograph: Ben Macri

Bomboloni at BomboBar

Restaurants West Loop

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. 

Friistyle Chicago lobster frite
Photograph: Courtesy Friistyle Chicago

Lobster frite at Friistyle Chicago

Restaurants Grand Boulevard

Feel like digging in to some truly decadent munchies? Bronzeville's Friistyle make some of the best Belgian-style pommes frites in the city, dressing them up with a variety of mouth-watering toppings. The lobster frite is the most expensive option of the menu, but it's worth the money—stacked with chunks of lobster sauted in butter sauce, celery, scallions and an Old Bay aioli.

Fruity pebbles french toast at Flo.
Photograph: Martha Williams

Fruity Pebbles French toast at Flo

Restaurants Southwestern American River West/West Town

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 (there's also a Cocoa Pebbles option for chocolate lovers).

Wake 'n Bake Chicago
Photograph: Neil Burger

Spiced maple chicken 'n waffles at Wake ’n Bacon

Restaurants Lake View

Maximize your bliss with a dose of cannabidiol (aka CBD), which can be infused into any dish at this brunch spot. To hit both your sweet and savory cravings, we recommend the spiced maple chicken 'n waffles, where crispy thighs, pickled peppers and syrup comingle beautifully atop a bed of tater tot bubble waffles.

taqueria traspasada #2, tacos, mexican eats,
Photograph: Nick Murway

Al pastor tacos at Taqueria Traspasada #2

Restaurants Mexican River West/West Town

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.

Photograph: Erica Gannett

The Mac at Cheesie's Pub & Grub

Restaurants Sandwich shops Lake View

You can't go wrong with any of the absolutely stuffed grilled cheeses on the menu at this beloved dive—which has locations in Lakeview and Wicker Park—but we're especially fond of The Mac, a towering delight of chedder-and-American mac n' cheese nestled between thick slices of Texas toast. Don't forget to utilize that tomato soup dipping sauce.

The Elvis Burger at Devil Dawgs
Photograph: Mark Wright

Elvis Burger at Devil Dawgs

Restaurants Hot dogs Lincoln Park

While you can opt for one, two or three steak burger patties—which come topped with cheese, peanut butter, applewood-smoked bacon and hot sauce—just go ahead and get three. This isn’t the time to mess around.

The Patio Combo
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Combo at the Patio

Restaurants Fast food spots Little Italy, UIC

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.

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