While most people think that Independence Day is really just a film where Will Smith takes on an entire alien race, the name has an entirely different meaning to the people of Colorado. As of January 1st, 2014, the people of Denver gained the freedom to buy marijuana whenever they want, without a MMJ card (which wasn't hard to get in the first place, but still). And afterwards (assuming they couldn't even wait to get home) they have the freedom to cure that cottonmouth with these munchie havens conveniently located right near some major shops.
Place to buy: Denver Kush Club
Place to pig out: Tom's Home Cookin'
When it comes to soul food, there is no better place in the city to stuff your face than Tom's. Fill that monster munch craving with fried catfish, mashed 'taters and gravy, green beans, and peach cobbler. Then stock up for later with a gallon of homemade sweet tea.
Place to buy: LoDo Wellness Center
Place to pig out: BD's Mongolian Grill
The best place to combine your raging hunger with that "creative" inspiration you just took part in. Sure it's a chain, but you won't hold that against them when you're cramming your (different kind of) bowl full of all the noodles, proteins, veggies, and sauce you can handle. And of course you're going for the Unlimited Bowl, which would be incredible if it was the other kind.
Place to buy: Good Chemistry
Place to pig out: La Abeja
Since you most likely just smoked your paycheck at Good Chemistry, $2 tacos with either steak or carnitas is a hard deal to argue with. The same goes for the breakfast burrito, carne asada, and huevos rancheros. Do your best not to drool all over yourself at the counter. Oh yeah, did we mention they have cans of Squirt!?
Place to buy: The Clinic Colorado
Place to pig out: MOOYAH
Choice is king. Especially when it involves you choosing all the ridiculously awesome toppings that can go on top of your double cheeseburger -- toppings like sautéed mushrooms, Cholula, and fried onion strings. After that, choose a cookie dough milkshake to go with it. And TRY not to spend too long making your choices. It'll just lengthen the time you have to wait to eat.
Place to buy: Mile High Medical Cannabis
Place to pig out: The Original Chubby's
This is your best option for that late-night munchie run. Smothered tater tots, smothered fries, smothered onion rings, and a smothered green chile cheeseburger should be enough to smother your face for the time being. Chubby.
Place to buy: Sacred Seed
Place to pig out: Slotted Spoon
Not only is Meatballs a great film to watch while after partaking in some recreational cannabis, they're also a fine food choice. Luckily you're near these masterfully made 'balls made out of everything from salmon to pork matched with chipotle ranch and bacon.
Place to buy: Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill
Place to pig out: Denver Ted's
Two words. Cheese and Steak. Fine, three words. Not like you can do math right now anyway. Let's just make it a compound word. You're getting a cheesesteak. Can you handle more words? How about hot pepper relish, mushrooms, and extra whiz. Also, they have board games. You may or may not be able to handle those right now.
MOOYAH has delicious burgers and dogs that you can top however you like. Choose from ingredients like fried onion strings, Cholula, jalapeños, and spicy ranch sauce.
Tom's Home Cookin' is full of delicious and simple Southern comfort foot -- get yourself some fried chicken or catfish, mashed potates and green beans, and finish everything off with some of their peach cobbler. Also, be sure to take home a gallon of their sweet tea to tide yourself over until your next visit.
BD's Mongolian Grill is a great spot when you're really hungry, AND in the mood for a choose-your-own-adventure stir-fry. Pick out your noodles, proteins, vegetables, and sauces, and watch as the guys behind the counter cook up your order on a huge, circular hibachi using giant sword-like spatulas to toss the ingredients.
This Upper Colfax Mexican mainstay hosts $2 steak or carnitas tacos, plus a killer tomatillo salsa. While the spot itself may be a bit of a hole in the wall, what it lacks in decor, it makes up for in affordable, flavorful fare.
Chubby's is like your college fraternity best friend that you try to distance yourself from (because they're not the bestttt thing for you), but you are too weak to resist what they're throwing down. Head in for some delicious (and probably addicting) Mexican, and top it with some of their green chili.
This eatery specializes in meatballs, which most of us can agree is one of the best forms that ground meat can take. The menu of dishes takes its inspiration from all across the globe, and the owners go to great pains to source local, fresh ingredients whenever possible.