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Houston’s Ultimate 4/20 Guide — Your Munchies Menu

Where to Eat When You're High on Life (or Something Else)

BY // 04.19.19

The highest of holidays is upon us — 4/20 is this Saturday. You could say it’s pretty dope. Feel free to celebrate the holiday any way you wish, but no matter what, you need a menu of munchies.

Stoners, get ready to salivate.

It can be hard to choose just where to go. You don’t want to make the wrong call — after all, the grass is always greener.

We won’t get too in the weeds on this, but we’ve found the answer. These are Houston’s best 4/20 restaurants, the spots to get the best bites for when you’re buzzed, the most delightful dishes for when you’re delirious.

Take a trip through this list well before you take your trip. It’s time to space out in Space City.

Beaver’s West

6025 Westheimer

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This laidback barbecue spot promises damn good food and cocktails on 4/20, like always. But this year, they’re upping the ante with an unbelievably topical and trippy addition: CBD oil.

That’s right. Beaver’s is kicking up its already mighty queso a notch by infusing it with the trendy cannabidiol. How’s that for mellow yellow?

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Beaver’s is putting the CBD in queso.

The Pit Room

1201 Richmond

This barbecue haven has been as delicious as it is consistent, winning the hearts of demanding Houstonians — and landing a coveted spot on Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas list.

But this time, the praise doesn’t go to the standard smoked meat. Instead, it goes to the loaded Frito pie. It weighs more than a pound, a combination of the beloved curly corn chips, some of the finest chili you’ve ever tasted, shredded cheese, sliced jalapenos and your choice of pulled pork or chopped brisket. See — and taste — for yourself.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

5115 Westheimer

So, the main draws of this spot are probably tacos and tequila. But you may want to lay off the hard stuff for a little bit, and can you really trust yourself to get the contents of the taco from your hands to your mouth?

Instead, get the elote and still get your hands a little dirty. Blanco’s grilled Mexican street corn comes charred and smothered with ancho chile, lime, mayo and cilantro — all dusted with light-as-can-be cotija cheese.

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Blanco puts a twist on their creamy street corn, serving it on the cob.

Demeris Bar-B-Q

2911 Shepherd

This family-run find has been smoking things up since 1964 in no-frills, no-nonsense digs. The menu is chock-a-block full of munchies, but one dish stands out above the rest.

That would be The Big Puma Tater, a completely stuffed and loaded baked potato topped with smoked turkey and a heaping, healthy dose of barbecue sauce. Rumor has it it’s Lance Berkman’s favorite.

Chacho’s

Multiple locations
The 24/7 aspect of Chacho’s is definitely part of the appeal. It doesn’t matter how late you’re partying — this ooey-gooey Tex-Mex will always be available.

Out of all the massive menu options, the winner is definitely the double sloppy burrito. Take any burrito — bean, shredded chicken , beef fajita, carne guisada, etc. — and top it with both queso and chile con carne. You won’t regret it.

The Burger Joint

2703 Montrose

This classic neighborhood spot always serves up juicy patties and crispy fries. But just any old burger simply won’t do on this holiday.

Instead, go for a BS Burger — an Angus patty topped with roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon jam smothered in Muenster cheese. Your mind would have to be a little altered to come up with that combo. 

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The Burger Joint’s got a solid Smoke Stack.

Good Dog

Multiple locations

This picnic-perfect spot has a whole host of down-and-dirty dogs for you to chow down on this 4/20. But there’s one to rule them all, both in terms of randomness and calories.

That would be the Rodeo Dog, a hefty hotdog covered in cheddar mac n cheese, house barbecue sauce, bacon and scallions, topped off with specialty parmesan breadcrumbs. Prepare for the flavor explosion.

Oh My Gogi!

Rice Village

For those of you out there who want to look beyond greasy Americana eats and zesty Tex-Mex delights, there are some eye-opening ethnic specialties just waiting for you.

But if you thought we were going to choose OMG! Fries, you got it wrong. We’ve got no quarrel with fries topped with spicy mayo and Colby Jack cheese — but we also can’t pass up the opportunity for a set of eight deep-fried dumplings. 

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer

Head to Hay Merchant for refuge after you’ve had too much reefer. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of this beer haven’s apps, from the house-made pretzel with cheddar sauce to the jar of Vicky’s snack mix.

But this Saturday, head straight for the Bowl of Hot Pork Cracklins, served with a feisty fresh French spring onion dip. Crispy, creamy — all you need.

The Hay Merchant interior
The Hay Merchant

Whataburger

Many, many locations

You’ve reached the end of this list, and finally come upon the most basic of basic choices for your munchies. But hey, Whataburger is a classic for a reason. One guess as to what we selected.

That’s right: the inimitable, salty, sugary-sweet Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. It’s such a staple, it’s sure to bring you back to reality.

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