Attacked by crazy desires? It’s time for… Munchie Madness
Smoking Marijuana causes side effects such as red eyes, dry mouth and increased appetite. The latter is popularly referred to as “the munchies,” which occur because of THC – short for tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
The overwhelming craving plagues many stoners, and while some buds prefer to light up behind closed doors—and delivery services, both for food and weed, make the stay-at-home high much more bearable—other smokers are sociable and smoke at a reasonable price. lounge or on the go, thanks to the various dispensaries that San Francisco has to offer.
Storefronts and lounges can be found in almost every neighborhood, making buying weed more convenient than ever for the weed-hungry head. We’ve compiled a list of the six best munchie restaurants within a five-minute walk of some of the city’s most respected pharmacies.
Pharmacy: Sparc (1256 Mission St.) This one-stop shop is a favorite among potheads for its wide selection of products, weekly in-store events, and top-notch delivery service. With a clean aesthetic similar to that of the Apple Store, Sparc also offers a vape lounge where customers can rent Volcano equipment or bring their own vape devices.
Restaurant: The market (1355 Market St.) Five minute walk, $11-$30, Mexican, seafood, pizza.
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:30 am – midnight.
On the bottom floor of Twitter’s headquarters is the Market, a plaza with eateries from all over the world. It serves a variety of options such as Mexican tacos, tapas, oysters and sushi, and offers daily food specials, a hot bar and groceries. There is something for everyone on the market, regardless of desire or price range.
Why it’s great: “There are endless options in the market, and it’s convenient to be able to visit one place that meets all my food needs. When I’m super stoned, I can hop food and get a pizza, and something else, like a poke bowl.” — Steven, a patron
Standout dish: tacos (from Taco Bar), which spins every day at 3pm for $11, or $2 each on Tuesdays, 2-5pm
Pharmacy: the green door (843 Howard St.) One of San Francisco’s first dispensaries draws a line for its storefront, though the place’s real breadwinner is its plush smoking lounge. Lounge8four7, one door down and a few floors up from the shop, is the recently renovated club open to customers of the Green Door. They allow smoke in the lounge and have space to rent for private parties.
Restaurant: Box Kitchen (431 Natoma St.) Four minute walk, $7-$11, American.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 3pm; 4:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – 2 a.m.
Tempest is a beloved local dive bar that is perfect no matter the time of day. Their restaurant, Box Kitchen, serves food in the bar as well as on its own — straight from a street-facing window. Stay entertained at their pool table and big screen TV, and keep the night going with classic bar bites with a New American twist, cold brews, no-nonsense cocktails and alcohol, pure.
Why it’s great: “This place has everything you could want from a bar, except the food is up a notch. Artisanal ingredients and creative dishes ensure fresh, restaurant-quality food that preserves the aesthetics of the bar without compromising on cheap drinks.” – Randy, a regular
Standout dish: peeling potato, which are dressed with rich ingredients like pork belly, gouda, and quail eggs ($10).
Pharmacy: Shambhala (2441 Mission St.) Located in the heart of the Mission, this non-profit cannabis collective has a wide variety of products for sale. It also has great offers like the occasional two-for-one ounce special. Although this pharmacy does not have a lounge, it is accessible by public transport and even glassware can be bought.
Restaurant: Mateo’s Taqueria (2471 Mission St.) One minute walk, $7-$12, Mexican.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10.30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11am – 9.30pm
Just a few doors down from Shambhala is Mateo’s Taqueria, one of Mission Street’s newest residents. The restaurant has a funky, colorful interior with light walls and modern art. The menu features Mexican street food ranging from traditional tacos to gourmet burritos.
Why it’s great: “Mateo’s has a friendly atmosphere and delicious food that extends beyond the home region to bring great and affordable food to the best street in town for that cuisine.” — Megan, a patron
Standout dish: Dulce Diabla burrito, which comes with carnitas, plantains, and chipotle sauce ($11).
Pharmacy: purple star (2520 Mission St.) This pharmacy is one of the smallest in town, with a homegrown feel and affordable flowers, but Purple Star also has friendly staff and quality products. You’d never notice it walking down the street as it’s next to the popular line-out-the-door rooftop bar El Techo.
Restaurant: lolo (974 Valencia St.) Four minute walk, $10-25, Mexican.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5.30pm – 11.30pm; Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 1:00 pm; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
While Loló is the most expensive restaurant on this list, customers won’t spend much at the neighboring pharmacy. Take that extra money you saved and head out for a fun evening at this upscale dining spot. The hip decor and mood lighting make for a perfect date spot, and the range of options — from tapas-sized to full-scale — can make for a varied and delicious meal.
Why it’s great: “There is a colorful energy here to match the flavorful ingredients in our food. The lively environment is very warm and perfect for a night out with our bar or ideal for a cozy date.” — Sarah*, the hostess
Standout dish: taco tropical, with breaded shrimp on a jicama tortilla ($10).
Pharmacy: The Pharmacy (2029 Market St.) This well-known pharmacy has just opened in its new location, a few blocks from its old home, with a brand new and much larger storefront. Though still without a lounge, Apothecarium stands as one of the city’s most stylish joints, now with more floor space and comfortable waiting room seating.
Restaurant: the myriad (2175 Market St.) Four minute walk, $5-$12, sandwiches, pancakes, poke.
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:30 am – midnight.
Market hall-style spots are currently in vogue, and this Castro location offers one of the city’s more diverse dining options. Patrons can enjoy coffee and a juice bar, or eat on BBQ, sandwiches, pancakes, sushi or poke bowls.
Why it’s great: “There is a variety of options here, everything under one roof. From coffee to cocktails, and poke to pancakes, you can shop around and choose what tempts you, and even entertain yourself with pinball machines.” — Henry, a bartender
Standout dish: Poke bowl from Poke Delish, $12 for three types of fish and unlimited toppings.
Pharmacy: Grass Roots Non-Profit Collective (1077 Post St.) As the older sister of SoMa pharmacy Barbary Coast, Grass Roots is an upscale stop that makes shopping more of an experience than an errand. Would you expect anything less from Nob Hill’s only storefront pharmacy?
Restaurant: Chairman (670 Larkin St.) Five minute walk, $5-$10, Taiwanese.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
The popular San Francisco food truck has a physical location in the Tenderloin, bringing a new wave of fusion food to an area defined by traditional Asian restaurants. The restaurant is all about sandwiches, with bao or fried versions as a base, and an assortment of proteins to choose from.
Why it’s great: “We focus on taste when creating our dishes, and we want to make that stand out. We really try to touch a spectrum from sweet to salty, balancing the dishes in a way that delivers an incredible and unique taste.” — Curtis, founder
Standout dish: Coca Cola Braised Pork Rolls, $4 and up.