19 Places In Los Angeles For Stoners To Satisfy The Munchies
The annual stoner holiday, 4/20, has finally arrived. Should you happen to be in search of some tasty grub after your celebrations today (or any day really), we've tracked down some of the dankest munchies in town. From crazy mac and cheese mashups to ice cream-stuffed donuts, L.A. offers plenty of excellent options for post-weed indulgences. So grab a buddy, pack a bowl (or nibble an edible if you prefer) and get ready to chow down. And don't forget...uhhh...oh, right, let us know your favorite spots as well.
Tamarind Chili Chicken Waaaaaaaaaaaangs (Photos by Eugene Lee/LAist)
NEARLY EVERYTHING @ BUTTON MASH
What's better than getting baked and feasting on some tasty bites? Why, following it all up with classic arcade games and pinball, of course. The extensive Starry Kitchen menu at Button Mash is perfect for a post-session feast, but we're particularly big fans of the double-fried tamarind-chili "waaaangs," the spam fried rice and the dan dan noodles with minced pork. You will also likely need to order the Brick Toast, which features thick milk bread, Nutella, caramelized banana, peanut butter, condensed milk, and ice cream, because why would you not? Now, go lose a few hours playing Contra and Street Fighter.
Button Mash is located at 1391 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, (213) 250-9903
A Milky Bun with cookie monster ice cream, which is a blue cookies and cream with Fruity Pebbles cereal garnish.Kristie Hang/LAist)
MILKY BUNS @ AFTERS ICE CREAM
Like a beacon in the purple haze, the signature milky buns at Afters Ice Cream—which recently opened a location in Pasadena—helps guide the red-eyed masses from far and wide. Imagine two large, hole-less glazed donuts smashed together with awesome ice cream inside and you'll have a vision of a milky bun. Ice cream flavors include the likes of blue cookies and cream, jasmine milk tea, churro, and Vietnamese coffee. Now, add stoner-friendly toppings like Fruity Pebbles, Cookie Crisp and crushed Oreos to the mix and you're ready for the full Afters experience. They're also conveniently open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. "errrrrday."
Afters Ice Cream has multiple locations.
Frito Pie at Homestate (via Facebook)
FRITO PIE AND LOADED QUESO DIP @ HOMESTATE
This Texas-inspired breakfast taco outpost offers plenty of flavor-packed bites for all your stoner needs—especially for those who like to wake and bake—but their Frito Pie and loaded queso dip really hit the munchies spot. A new spin on an old stoner classic, their Frito Pie comes loaded with chili con carne or black beans, cheddar, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, pickled red onion, all piled on top of Fritos...inside a Fritos bag, man. Dig in. You're also going to want to order up their queso dip, a Tex-Mex classic featuring molten cheddar cheese jalapeños, tomatoes and secret spices, served with crispy, house-made El Milagro chips. Or you can crank things up a notch with the Loaded rendition which adds chili con carne, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.
HomeState is located at 4624 Hollywood Blvd, East Hollywood, (323) 906-1122
Pastrami poutine (Photo courtesy of Plan Check)
PASTRAMI POUTINE @ PLAN CHECK
Plan Check's menu is packed with some dank, umami-tastic options—their signature ketchup leather alone is a weed dream come to life—but their pastrami poutine is really the highest on our list. Just imagine: beef tallow french fries smothered in pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted swiss cheese and chopped pickles. Uh, yeah, we're going to need another order over here. You're also probably going to want to order up their cruller donuts as well, trust us.
Plan Check is located at 1800 Sawtelle Boulevard in Sawtelle, (310) 444-1411, at 351 N. Fairfax Avenue in the Fairfax District, (323) 591-0094, and at 1111 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A., (213) 403-1616.
FUN TIME FRIES AND LOADED MAC BOWLS @ DOOMIE'S HOME COOKIN'
If you're craving a vegan-friendly 420 feast, Doomie's is your spot. Appropriately-named for the occasion, their Fun Time Fries are the perfect vehicle for their ooey-gooey toppings like veggie chili cheese, buffalo and blue cheese, or animal fries with grilled onions, 1000 island and cheese. The mac bowls are also not to be missed, where you can get their mac and cheese topped with chili, Parm-style with marinara, or Philly-style with cheese, peppers and onions. Of course, there's always Doomie's famous 'Big Mac,' if you prefer.
Doomie's Home Cookin' is located at 1253 N. Vine St., Ste. 9, Hollywood, (323) 469-4897.
The mac and cheese pizza at Pizzanista! (Photo via Facebook)
MAC & CHEESE PIZZA @ PIZZANISTA!
A great many monstrously magical food mash-ups have resulted from severe cases of the munchies—some we'd care not to admit in the light of day—but completely covering a pizza with macaroni and cheese is one of the more inspired. While you can only order this one on Sundays at their Arts District and new Long Beach locations, the wait is totally worth it. They even offer a vegan version for the meat-averse. And in the meantime, you can order up some of their other hits like the fully loaded Meat Jesus or the veggie-friendly Seitan Meats Jesus version for an epic feast.
Pizzanista! is located at 2019 E 7th St., Arts District, (213) 627-1430; and 1837 E 7th St, Long Beach, (562) 591-6929.
The Cordon Bleu at Sack Sandwiches (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)
COLD FRIED CHICKEN @ SACK SANDWICHES
There's something about cold fried chicken that strikes a special chord when it comes to the munchies. At Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio's recently opened shop Sack Sandwiches, you'll find a particularly 420-worthy rendition. You can grab their super-addictive classic version, which features excellently-made fried chicken with ranch cheese, lettuce, pickles, and hot sauce on their crunchy, freshly-baked ciabatta. Or mix things up with the new Cordon Bleu, which features the now-famous fried chicken along with ham, Swiss, arugula and Dijon mustard. Though you really won't go wrong with any of the other sandwich options, all of which can be made as a vegetarian version with tofu, or with a lettuce wrap for the carb-averse. We also advise grabbing a bag of the the tasty Old Bay-seasoned potato chips and one of their rich Straus Creamery milkshakes in chocolate or vanilla.
Sack Sandwiches is located at 8915 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (424) 777-0113; and 8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 655-7225.
Pork cheek chili cheese fries at Beer Belly (via Facebook)
NEARLY EVERYTHING @ BEER BELLY
Pretty much anything on Beer Belly's decadent menu will do you right when you're feeling the munchies. They've got a massive grilled cheese, duck fat fries, pork cheek chili cheese fries and some serious mac & cheese dishes on the savory side. But for dessert, they have a host of deep fried childhood treats: Oreos, Pop-Tarts and oatmeal pies, each served a la mode. And if it happens to be 4:20 p.m., you can catch their happy hour special: $3 fries, $5 duck fat fries, $5 Jidori hot wings (6) and $5 grilled broccoli, plus $1 off all craft cans and $5 drafts.—Juliet Bennett Rylah
Beer Belly is located at 532 S. Western Ave. in Koreatown, 213-387-2337
BACON-WRAPPED TATER TOTS @ HEY 19
At this neighborhood favorite, the aptly-named “So Good I Can’t Remember” bacon wrapped tater tots come stuffed w/ jalapeno, spinach and ranch, and will definitely satisfy a craving. For a bigger appetite, you also should check out the ridiculously towering “Big Ben," which features a stacked mac & cheese croquette with a ½ lb. Niman Ranch burger patty, bacon, 19-house-made country gravy, egg, garlic sambal and chives. Heeeeeeeey, man.
Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, (310) 378-8119.
Bulgogi pizza! (Photo via Facebook)
THE BULGOGI PIZZA @ MR. PIZZA
Not to knock the simplicity of having any hot, delivered pizza after a smoking session, but Mr. Pizza hits the spot when you're looking for a unique pie. We suggest the Bulgogi: Korean BBQ, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella—and ask for the pickles! But if that doesn't do it for you, we also like the Potato Pizza, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ground beef, bacon, onions, mushroom, corn and potato wedges. You can get any of their pizzas with sweet potato crust.—Juliet Bennett Rylah
Mr. Pizza is located at 3881 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, 213-738-0077
Watermelon soju at Hanjip (Courtesy of Hanjip)
BONE MARROW CORN CHEESE @ HANJIP
For big, cannabis-inspired appetites, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ can definitely satisfy, but there's a special dish at Culver City's Hanjip that takes the munchies to a higher plane. An elevated rendition of traditional KBBQ corn cheese, this umami-bomb features the added bonus of a roasted marrow bone and a bone luge soju shot when you're done. We also highly recommend the equally delicious and entertaining watermelon soju, which is served inside a watermelon shell with fresh watermelon, a generous pour of soju, plus Fruity Pebbles and a packet of Pop Rocks to top it off. Niiiiiiice.
Hanjip is located at 3829 Main St. in Culver City, 323-720-8804.
The Dee Snider (Photo courtesy of Grill 'Em All)
THE BEHEMOTH OR THE DEE SNIDER @ GRILL 'EM ALLGrill 'Em All
This metal-inspired burger joint in Alhambra will satisfying all your greasiest urges with their piled-high burgers and smothered fries. We'd suggest the Behemoth. Instead of buns, it uses grilled cheese sandwiches as a vessel to deliver a half-pound burger, BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar, grilled onion and pickles into your mouth. There's also the Dee Snider, which comes topped with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon and Sriracha. Or, Jump in the Fryer has waffles for buns, plus fried chicken, cheddar, bacon, maple and Sriracha. For a side, there's the Overkill: hand-cut fries drowning in white truffle cheese wiz. Of course, after all that, we feel like we should mention they do have salads.—Juliet Bennett Rylah
Grill 'Em All is located at 19 E. Maint St. in Alhambra, 626-284-2874.
The churro ice cream sandwich is just so beautiful! (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
CHURRO ICE CREAM SANDWICHES @ CHURRO BOROUGH
One of our favorite munchies mash-ups is the spectacular churro ice cream sammy at Churro Borough in Los Feliz. They take two of their cinnamon-sugar-coated, freshly-fried churro discs and sandwich a scoop (or two, or three!) of your choice of ice cream flavor—if you can manage such a critical decision at the time—like spicy hot chocolate or the seasonal Cara Cara orange dreamsicle. You can also get churro bits and waffle cone crumbs sprinkled on the sides as well. Or perhaps you'd prefer to order up their more traditional churros with the option of chocolate, toffee or guava dipping sauces, or perhaps refreshing paletas are more your speed. We're not here to judge.
Churro Borough is located at 1726 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz.
Kogi BBQ taco (Photo via Facebook
L.A. son Roy Choi has admitted that his groundbreaking Mexican-Korean food truck is essentially stoner food. It doesn't take a genius—or a stoned revelation—to realize that. The tacos are iconic (especially the short rib) and the sliders are always reliable, but go further down the menu and you'll find mashups that can only have been concocted on one of those late Saturday nights in your apartment: kim-chi quesadillas, the seriously spicy sriracha chocolate bar, and the epic Pacman burger (all three meats, sesame mayo and cheddar cheese on a sesame bun). A personal munchie-satisfier is the deliriously gooey Blackjack quesadilla, overflowing with spicy pork. And if you find yourself craving those short rib tacos on a Sunday, thankfully the recent opening of the Kogi Taqueria will take care of that (sorry, they're still off on Mondays). Looks like some of you got a head start on 4/20 already:
Kogi has three trucks that rove around Southern California Tuesday through Saturday. Check the website for their schedule. Kogi Taqueria is now open at 3500 Overland Ave., #100 in Palms, (424) 326-3031.
DEVIL'S CHICKEN @ TAVERN
Whether or not your blazin' with the devil, this signature dish at this Westside Tavern is a totally eye-roll-worthy feast if you're looking for a slightly more upscale stoner experience. A one-pot-wonder—as many of the best are—the Devil's Chicken features a super juicy chicken breast with potatoes, braised leeks and a mustard breadcrumb crust. You may feel compelled to tuck your napkin in your shirt when you dig into this one.
Tavern is located at 11648 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, (310) 806-6464
Tatsu's Bold Ramen (via Instagram)
TATSU'S BOLD RAMEN
Even when the munchies magically make your stomach a bottomless pit, a bowl of ramen will always take care of you for at least the next hour or two. Unfortunately most ramen places are open during normal business hours, so late-night cravings of a thick, umami tonkotsu broth can sometimes go unanswered. <="" a="">Tatsu is there for us nocturnal ramen fiends, open as late as 3 a.m. on some nights. Sure you can go for their standard Soul Ramen or a classic bowl of tonkotsu ramen, but you know the "Bold Ramen"—with its mysterious "11 bold ingredients"—has caught the attention of your bloodshot eyes. Crank the spicy level to the max and of course opt for the free sweet corn topping. —Carman Tse
Tatsu Ramen is located at 2123 Sawtelle Blvd. in Sawtelle Japantown, (310) 684-2889, and 7111 Melrose Ave. in Melrose, (323) 747-1388.
Mmmm...beef donuts (Courtesy of Boneyard Bistro)
KOBE BEEF CHILI-FILLED DONUTS @ BONEYARD BISTRO
This favorite beer bar of ours also happens to offer some great options for those looking for something to complement their herbal refreshments. While a feast of their excellent BBQ would serve you well, their Kobe beef chili-filled donuts are a stoner's savory-sweet-dream come true, and come with cheddar cheese, mustard, onions and pickles. You're probably going to want to order a few rounds of these bad boys.
Boneyard Bistro is located at 13539 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, (818) 906-7427.
Fab’s The Ripper topped with the Fab Sauce (via Facebook)
FAB HOT DOGS' THE RIPPER
Fab is like most hot dog spots today, mashing-up the all-American classic weenie with a myriad of toppings that would make most New Yorkers or Chicagoans wince. Under "specialties" on the menu are their own excellent takes on the local L.A. street dog and Oki-dog (the "Fairfax burrito dog," they call it), but the true speciality here is an import from New Jersey: The Ripper. A regular weenie is deep fried until its skin literally bursts, turning it into a crunchy torpedo of processed meat that is guaranteed to burn the roof of your mouth. Get it with a side of tater tots and another Ripper. Hold the ketchup. —Carman Tse
Fab Hot Dogs is located at 19417 Victory Blvd. in Reseda, (818) 344-4336, and 28255 Newhall Ranch Rd. (in the Gateway Village Shopping Center) in Valencia, (661) 607-0333.
In-N-Out's Cheeseburger And Animal-Style Fries (Photo by Jessica Rossi via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
IN-N-OUT'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE (WITH ONIONS), ANIMAL STYLE FRIES, AND A VANILLA MILKSHAKE
Duh. Did you really think this list would be complete without the Golden State's most precious resource? Accept no imitations. This is the meal that epitomizes a late night with your crew and remembering all the other great times you all somehow ended up at In-N-Out. Wash down California's own (superior) version of poutine with their creamy shakes. Don't worry about the chocolate or strawberry shakes, they all kind of taste like the vanilla anyway. —Carman Tse
In-N-Out Burger has several locations across Southern California. Check the website for your nearest location if, for whatever reason, you didn't know where it already is.