Where to Eat while Stoned at UBC
Marijuana and higher education may go together like peanut butter and jelly, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on PB&J as your study-break snack when you’ve been indulging. Luckily, UBC has a plethora of eateries that will satisfy your THC-enhanced appetite.
Pie R Squared
First up is a longtime staple of the UBC campus: Located in the AMS Nest, Pie R Squared serves up affordable pizzas that range from carnivore’s paradise to vegan and vegetarian alternatives. With toppings ranging from pulled pork to fried cauliflower or butternut squash, they’ve definitely got all their bases covered. They even have an apple cinnamon pizza, a concept in which we’re fairly sure marijuana had some part to play. They use local ingredients like house-made sausage and fresh UBC Farm veggies, even herbs grown on the Nest’s rooftop garden. It’s a perfect option if you’re in a rush.
Next is an establishment that is much more than just a place to eat. Sprouts and its annex, Seedlings are hubs for students interested in sustainability, social justice and food systems. They are run entirely by volunteers, and they provide fresh, locally-grown organic produce at incredibly affordable prices. A cup of free-trade coffee is only 75 cents, and a serving of hearty vegetable stew is only $3.00. Even better, every Friday from 11:30 to 1:30, they host their Community Eats program, providing lunches by donation to anyone who comes by. The only catch is that, on principle, they do not provide take-out containers, so they ask that you bring your own reusable vessel and cutlery.
For those who enjoy a change in scenery with their munchies, UBC currently hosts five different food trucks, all of which move around campus daily. Our favourites are Roaming Bowl for their delicious made-to-order rice and noodle bowls, or It’s About Thai, whose veggie red curry made them one of the Ubyssey’s top picks for vegan and vegetarian options on campus. There are also trucks offering seafood, hot dogs and heartier lunch items. There is even a real-time map of the locations of all five trucks at any given time.
For a slightly more elegant dining experience, try UBC’s only fine-dining establishment, Sage Bistro. It’s nestled in the corner of campus near the Chan Centre, and has an incredible view of the coastal mountains that is the perfect complement to high-grade bud and their sumptuous West Coast modern fare. The interior was designed by the late architectural great Arthur Erickson, and includes a reflection pool overlooking the University’s rose garden. As you might expect, it’s a bit more expensive than the other choices on this list, but there are few things more enjoyable than treating yourself every once in a while to a fantastic lifted meal at a really great restaurant.
From budget to high-end, the eateries of the UBC campus offer something delicious to compliment every high. After the last class of your day (or first, we’re not judging), and a few puffs of your favorite strain, we hope this list will help you seek out culinary satisfaction.
By Galen Robinson-Exo