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Munchie Mania: Stoned Appetit’s Picks for the Best Stoner Eats in Denver

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Get high on classic cheese sticks amped up with Sichuan peppercorns.

Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson has a passion for two things: cannabis and food. The Mississippi native with a Southern twang moved to Denver in 2011 and was soon introduced to podcasting through a sports blog to which he contributed. Flash forward to 2018, when Wilson decided to launch his own podcast highlighting his favorite local bars and restaurants on a show dubbed Stoned Appetit.

“We’ve been doing this three years now,” Wilson explains. “Obviously, we highlight the cannabis and culinary worlds, but they’re really like a Venn diagram; they’re kind of one and the same. So it was a natural fit to bring the two together, and we’re just having a fucking blast.”

Recent guests included some Denver food scene heavy hitters, among them Dana Rodriguez, owner of Work & Class, Super Mega Bien and mezcal brand Doña Loca; and Bryan Dayton, the restaurateur behind Oak and Corrida in Boulder and Bellota at the Source in Denver.

When he’s not chatting about food on his podcast, Wilson is eating around town. A lot. And 99.9 percent of the time, he’s doing that stoned. So when it comes to the top eats to seek out after a sesh, he’s got some seriously satisfying recommendations — and they’re not what you might expect.

Sure, Taco Bell is always there if you need a fast fix of something greasy and cheesy, and any slice of pizza is delicious when you’re high, but Wilson has a knack for finding independently owned gems. So take a few hits, then eat your way through his picks for Denver’s top ten slept-on stoner eats.

Meta Asian Kitchen
3200 Pecos Street
303-325-5384

“If you can brave the douchebaggery of the crowds that hang out at Avanti, some of the food there is really worth going to eat,” Wilson says — particularly at Meta Asian Kitchen. While the bao buns and noodles are solid, one dish will fulfill all your weed-driven dreams: Sichuan mozzarella sticks. The creative spin on typical fried cheese sticks comes topped with mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns and scallions and is served with a Thai basil ranch dip. “I get them extra-crispy because I like a crunch to them,” Wilson adds, “and it parties. It’s really good.”

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Pizzeria Lui
5380 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
303-922-3202

“Pizza is a universal love language,” Wilson notes, as well as a classic stoner favorite. But rather than opt for chain delivery, he loves the high-quality ingredients at this oft-overlooked Lakewood spot. Try the Italian with sausage made by owner Zach Parini’s dad, or seasonal specialties like the summer Peach Pit, with prosciutto, pistachio, arugula, mozzarella, ricotta and hot honey (which you can add on to any order as a side, along with a lineup of housemade hot sauces). A bonus: “That crew there is the jam-band stoner vibe,” Wilson explains. “You walk in, and you’re greeted by loud Phish or Grateful Dead music playing overhead.”

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Jerusalem Restaurant
1890 East Evans Avenue
303-777-8828
The late-night food scene is definitely lacking — especially since many formerly all-night eateries cut back on hours during the pandemic. Over near the University of Denver, though, this favorite for Mediterranean eats served long after dark, which has been open since 1978, remains a haven for the post-toke hungry. “It caters to the students of DU, but also to the stoners of all of Denver because of its delivery,” Wilson explains. Currently, Jerusalem is offering falafel, gyros, sheesh kabobs, sweets like baklava and more until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. “I would mainline that hummus; I would snort it if I could,” Wilson says. “It’s great because it’s a late-night stoner snack that doesn’t make you feel like dog shit.”

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The Ginger Pig
4262 Lowell Boulevard
720-324-8416

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