Your guide to Michigan’s best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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By Jessica Strachan

October 12, 2023

Discover a whole new side to Michigan’s culinary scene as we pair the best dispensaries with must-taste nearby restaurants—it’s sure to leave your senses tingling and your appetite for adventure satisfied.

MICHIGAN—We live in a land of Great Lakes, endless highways through nature, and a culinary scene where the portions are as diverse as they are delicious. Michigan has been at the top of its restaurant game for a long time now, with a vibrant food culture that ranges from one-of-a-kind gastronomy to tried-and-true buffets. But now we have something special to put on our adventure bucket lists: the coming together of exceptional restaurants and noteworthy cannabis dispensaries.

Nothing could make these meals better than the satisfaction of sharing them with friends who also have the munchies.

From Detroit to Grand Rapids, Traverse City to Ann Arbor, we’re mapping out every ‘Gander’s dream journey of our state’s best restaurants and the must-visit cannabis dispensaries near them.

So, whether you’re a curious foodie seeking to indulge in elevated flavors or a cannabis enthusiast wanting to explore Michigan’s delectable eateries, this article is your passport to a dining experience like no other.

This guide will pair a dispensary “appetizer” with a “main course” restaurant nearby.

Southeast Michigan

Mexicantown, Detroit

Appetizer: Luxury Loud Cannabis

2520 22nd St, Detroit, MI 48216

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Yes, as the name suggests, this dispo is set up to be the epitome of cannabis luxury, and their selection does not disappoint. But really, you can’t go wrong here because, in addition to carrying premium products and high-end accessories, the location is what dreams are made of: a short stroll to Detroit’s Mexicantown.

Main Course: Xochimilco (and bonus: La Gloria Bakery)

3409 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Within the vibrant streets of Detroit’s bustling Mexicantown neighborhood, few places are as high on the destination list as Xochimilco Restaurant. From the lively music to the enticing aroma of sizzling ingredients, it’s the perfect place to savor familiar favorites. Their zesty guac never tasted so good after coming from the dispensary. And don’t miss the rich enchiladas made using fresh and high-quality ingredients. But this particular adventure has a great bonus: La Gloria Bakery right down the road, where choosing treats is a highly interactive experience. Extend that ganja journey a little longer by grabbing a lunch tray and a pair of tongs, reminiscent of school cafeteria days. Handpick your favorite pastries, cookies, and cakes that range from traditional Mexican delights like conchas and churros to delicious American classics. You’ll want these later when you finish up that joint.

Corktown, Detroit

Appetizer: The Flower Bowl Dispensary

2101 W Lafayette Blvd Suite 106, Detroit, MI 48216

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This vibrant and inviting dispensary is a haven for both cannabis enthusiasts and those looking to explore the medicinal benefits of marijuana. We love the affordable prices and good deals here, because this adventure is made for food explorers who seek flavor and value.

Main Course: Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Oh, the joys of affordable and delicious dining you’ll find at Green Dot Stables in Corktown, just a ways down Lafayette Avenue. Their $3 food and drink menu is a feast for the senses and the wallet. From mouthwatering sliders like the Korean short rib and buffalo chicken to creative and refreshing cocktails such as the Moscow Mule and Kentucky Mule, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But it’s the mystery meats that truly add an element of excitement to the experience of dining high. We can’t promise what the mystery of the night will be, but we’ve seen them serve up an exotic elk slider and an intriguing rabbit taco.

Inkster/Dearborn

Appetizer: Green Acres Dispensary

1444 Inkster Rd, Inkster, MI 48141

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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For this Metro Detroit adventure, you’ll start at the haven of relaxation and wellness that is Green Acres Dispensary in Inkster. Around these parts, it’s the ultimate destination for those seeking a truly elevated cannabis experience for the main course that will keep you munching on leftovers for a while to come.

Main Course: Bangkok 96

2450 S Telegraph Rd, Dearborn, MI 48124

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No Michigan culinary adventures list would be complete without a stop at the award-winning Bangkok 96 restaurant in Dearborn. Known for its exceptional Thai cuisine, this restaurant combines traditional flavors with modern techniques to create an amazing dining experience. From traditional pad Thai and green curry to innovative creations such as mango coconut shrimp, each bite will be a trip in itself.

Northern Detroit Suburbs

Appetizer: Quality Roots Cannabis

1700 Tull Ct, Waterford Twp, MI 48327

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Discover a cannabis destination for newbies like no other at Quality Roots Cannabis in Waterford. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to assist you in finding the perfect strain or product to suit your needs. You’ll want that quality product for your main meal just 15 minutes away.

Main Course: Union Woodshop

18 S Main St, City of the Village of Clarkston, MI 48346

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We all know why we are here: To indulge in a cheesy experience like no other. This rustic eatery not only offers a unique and inviting atmosphere but also serves up ooey-gooey mac and cheese that will leave you craving more. Combining classic comfort food with a creative twist, Union Woodshop takes mac and cheese to new levels of deliciousness. Picture velvety cheese sauce cascading over al dente noodles, topped with mouthwatering options like caramelized onions, bacon, or even smoked pork. As you savor each bite, take in the charming and eclectic decor that adds to the overall ambiance of this one-of-a-kind dining destination. Whether you’re a mac and cheese aficionado or simply seeking a memorable dining occasion, Union Woodshop will satisfy your craving for comfort food and a truly fascinating experience.

Ann Arbor

Appetizer: Information Entropy Dispensary

1115 Broadway St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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This unique establishment isn’t just your typical dispensary but a haven for curious and inquisitive minds. You’ll find an eclectic collection of books, art, and curiosities that spark the imagination. Start your Ann Arbor adventure by browsing through their shelves, and you’ll uncover treasures and thought-provoking works. They’ll make for the perfect dinner conversation topic.

Main Course: Zingerman’s Deli

422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Renowned for its legendary piled-high sandwiches, this iconic deli has captured the hearts and appetites of locals and visitors alike. From the classic Reuben oozing with melted Swiss cheese and tender corned beef to the mouthwatering pastrami sandwich with spicy mustard and pickles, Zingerman’s elevates the humble sandwich to extraordinary heights.

Southwest Michigan

Appetizer: Cloud Cannabis Dispensary

521 E Mosel Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Besides being an awesome shop in a cool college town area, what sets this exceptional dispensary apart is its innovative and convenient drive-thru service, allowing you to effortlessly access the products you love without ever leaving the comfort of your car. Why? Well, we’re saving all our energy for the massive pizza that comes next, obviously.

Main Course: Buddy’s Pizza

5314 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002

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The Detroit-style pizza at Buddy’s in Portage will knock you off your feet just from the smell alone. Every ‘Gander knows Buddy’s is renowned for its signature square pizzas, with a thick, crispy crust that’s both comforting and indulgent. The toppings range from classic options like pepperoni and mushrooms to unique combinations like BBQ chicken and feta cheese. It’s an explosion of flavors you will savor in a way you’ve never done before, no matter how many times you’ve dined at this beloved place across the state.

Central Michigan

Appetizer: Lume Dispensary

9426 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run, MI 48415

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We love Lume for its modern and inviting space because it was designed to cater to both new and experienced cannabis enthusiasts. They have a wide selection of high-quality flower, concentrates, edibles, and more, perfect for the comfort food up at the next stop.

Main Course: Tony’s

8781 Main St, Birch Run, MI 48415

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Prepare yourself for an epic feast at Tony’s in Birch Run, where colossal portions reign supreme. This beloved eatery is renowned for its massive servings that satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. From towering stacks of pancakes to oversized burgers brimming with toppings, Tony’s knows how to deliver a meal that will make your jaw drop. Whether you’re craving a heaping plate of their signature chicken and waffles or a mammoth burger challenge, this is the place to indulge in a food adventure like no other. Get ready to tackle the impressive portions at Tony’s, where big appetites are celebrated, and massive meals are the order of the day.

Northern Michigan

Appetizer: Skymint

822 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686

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What sets Skymint apart is that they really walk the walk when it comes to quality and sustainability. From their meticulously grown and curated cannabis products to their eco-friendly practices, Skymint truly prioritizes the well-being of their customers and the planet. And we’d expect nothing less in one of Michigan’s most incredible waterfront communities.

Main Course: Trattoria Stella

830 Cottageview Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Trattoria Stella in Traverse City is where pasta takes center stage. From classic favorites like spaghetti carbonara to unique creations like wild mushroom pappardelle, each dish is crafted with attention to detail and passion for authentic Italian flavors. Whether you’re a pasta connoisseur or simply seeking a satisfying meal in munchies mode, Trattoria Stella is the perfect destination to embrace the art of pasta and indulge in a truly memorable – or blissfully unmemorable – dining experience.

Upper Peninsula

Appetizer: Firelight Dispensary

918 Co Rd 480, Marquette, MI 49855

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Nestled in the heart of Marquette, Firelight offers a haven of cannabis delights that will take your experience to new heights. They have an extensive selection, and the walk from this location to the next nostalgic part of Michigan that we love will not disappoint.

Main Course: Big Boy

1950 US Hwy 41 W, Marquette, MI 49855

Your guide to Michigan's best dispensary and restaurant pairings

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Of course, we can’t visit the U.P. without missing this piece of Michigan history. Big Boy’s is the iconic diner that helps us—high or otherwise—take a step back in time. It’s sure to be the most satisfying Slim Jims and locally made pies you’ve had yet, for dining in or to go (or both). Big Boy’s has been a beloved fixture of the community since opening in the 1950s, and it still preserves the classic atmosphere and charm of that era.

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