Back in 2012, the good citizens of Washington State passed Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana for adults over 21. Initially, supplies were limited and the few shops that had opened drew insane lines of customers. But at this point we’re past those initial bumps in the road and throughout the state, it is now possible to buy, possess, and smoke all the weed you can get your hands on. In Seattle, you can patronize a handful of stores for buds, joints, edibles, oils, and all manner of paraphernalia. You’ll likely be met with a friendly, knowledgeable staff and a growing assortment of weed varieties and hybrids. It’s a weed smoker’s paradise.
All of this naturally leads to the question of where to eat when you have the munchies. Assuming you’re not too stoned to peel your ass off the couch, we’ve rounded up the top-10 places in Seattle to patronize after you’ve smoked some herb.
10. RANCHO BRAVO
A favorite late-night spot for Capitol Hill denizens imbibing any number of substances, the no-frills Mexican fast food joint Rancho Bravo’s menu is fairly straightforward, so you won’t have to make too many difficult decisions while high. Enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tamales, and quesadillas comprise the bulk of the selections, plus churros if you’re craving something fried.
9. RACHEL’S GINGER BEER
Rachel’s new location on Capitol Hill has your back on two fronts: They serve massive bowls of French fries with damn fine dipping sauces, and they have alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for staving off dry mouth. It can get crowded here on weekend nights, but usually it’s fairly chill.
Whatever you do, don’t go to the Unicorn on a Friday or Saturday night, when it turns into a loud, crowded club. You also shouldn’t go if you’re super hemped and can’t deal with sensory overload. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you’re headed here for circus-themed junk food like funnel cake, pork belly tacos, deep-fried Nutella and fireball jelly sandwiches, fried peanut butter cookie dough, and some seriously tricked-out corn dogs loaded with toppings.
7. TWILIGHT EXIT
This dark and dingy dive located in the city’s Central District is mostly a bar, but there’s actually a pretty decent food menu, which tastes even better if you’re baked. Go for a burger (there’s a bunch on the menu) and pair it with fried pickles or tots. Bonus points for being a short walk from—and owned by the proprietor of—Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop.
6. HATTIE’S HAT
Double down on the dark and dingy at this greasy spoon spot that serves fried chicken, ribs, wings, nachos, meatloaf, and a bunch of burgers, so you can pretty much tuck into whatever you’re feeling. The portions are generous and the booths are cozy.
5. EZELL’S FAMOUS CHICKEN
Ezell’s fried chicken continues to hang its hat on the fact that Oprah came here in the 1990s and declared it her favorite fried chicken. A lot has changed since then, and the restaurant has hit some tough times—bankruptcy, trademark dispute, feuding co-owners, that sort of thing—but ultimately the fried chicken and array of sides are still worthwhile, altered or not.
4. TOP POT DOUGHNUTS
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Top Pot has you covered with a whole bunch of locations serving made-daily doughnuts. The cafes are usually quiet places to chill, too, and the servers are patient and low-key. They may run low towards the end of the day, but reach for whatever is closest and you’ll be satisfied—maple bars, jelly-filled dreams, apple fritters, old fashioneds, et cetera.
3. DICK’S DRIVE-IN
If you’re not too stoned to stand in a bit of a line (don’t worry, it moves fast), Dick’s is where it’s at. The local chain has become a Seattle institution, even if you do have to be a bit high to enjoy these unremarkable burgers, fries, and shakes. Still, you can’t beat the hours (they’re open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.) and the prices, which seem to have changed little since Dick Spady opened his first location in 1953. Bring whatever change is stuck between the couch cushions and get to a Dick’s near you.
What started in an Airstream trailer bore a greasy-spoon empire: Skillet is one of the best comfort food restaurants in the city. Whether you hit the still-roving food truck original or one of the two brick-and-mortar restaurants, you’ll cure your munchies with generous plates involving wings, burgers, biscuits and gravy (served all day), chicharrones, and fries smothered in poutine. The fried chicken sammy is a reliable standard, as is anything with the restaurant’s signature bacon jam, which you can also buy in a jar to take home. Oh, and there are also boozy shakes, if you’re interested in mixing your intoxicants.
1. HELLO ROBIN and MOLLY MOON’S
It might be a little bright and cheerful to stick around here for very long in the state you’re in, but this two-fer spot on Capitol Hill has a convenient to-go window so you never even have to step inside. Hello Robin provides ridiculously tasty cookies, kept warm after baking until you’re ready to eat them. They’re small but pack a ton of delicious fat, whether you opt for the straightforward chocolate chip or the tricked out Mackles’more, a s’more cookie named after the Seattle rapper. Housed in the same shop is one outlet of local chain ice cream venture Molly Moon’s, with such frozen wonders as balsamic strawberry, “scout” mint, and Stumptown coffee. These two businesses team up to make ice cream sandwiches, if you’re so inclined. With six locations throughout the city, chances are there’s a Molly Moon’s near you, so you’re covered if you can’t venture to this particular spot.