As more Americans learn the health benefits of antioxidant-rich, non-psychoactive CBD oil, restaurants have begun using it as an ingredient. These are some U.S. restaurants that have started adding CBD food to their menus.
Ankeny Tap and Table
This Portland, Oregon bar and grill has two claims to fame. One is (so it claims) Portland’s best burger. The other is its CBD-infused beer, Two Flowers IPA. Ankeny Tap and Table say the India Pale Ale is Oregon’s first commercially-sold beer to contain CBD.
Blue Sparrow Coffee
Located in the River North arts district of Denver, Colorado, Blue Sparrow Coffee offers a CBD-infused coffee brew. The CBD Nitro Cold Brew is served from the tap. Patrons can also choose from a number of CBD coffee beans, bagged and ready to be taken home to brew. There’s even a CBD decaf.
NYC comfort food favorite, Bubby’s, with a location in the High Line Park area and one in Tribeca, is a popular location for brunch. It doesn’t serve CBD food per se, but it does offer a CBD option as a sweetener for its drinks. Stop in and sweeten up your coffee, tea, or cocktail with Azuca simple syrup for a CBD antioxidant boost.
This vegan restaurant chain has locations in Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, and Rhode Island. Each of By Chloe’s American restaurants serves the Feelz by Chloe line of baked goods containing CBD oil. Brownies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, marshmallow squares, mini pies, and popcorn are some of their CBD goodies for humans. For our canine friends, Feelz by Chloe bakes a CBD dog bone.
Fuel, a chain of health food and smoothie bars in Philadelphia, offers three flavor options of CBD “Dream” smoothies. Choose from the Berry Dream, Green Dream, or Orange Dream. With a half milligram of CBD oil each, these smoothies contain all-natural ingredients like strawberries and mango (Berry); kale, spinach, and pineapple juice (Green); and orange juice, nonfat yogurt, and vanilla (Orange).
This dairy-free ice cream alternative brand made with coconut milk has appeared as a pop-up restaurant in various locations in NYC. Pop-ups offer a variety of mix-ins to go with the frozen coconut treat, including chocolate toppings infused with CBD.
This Portland, Oregon gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant has been serving downtown Stumptown since 2013. It offers CBD shots in any of its drinks, which include a full menu of juices, smoothies, beers, wine, kombuchas, mocktails, and cocktails. Try a CBD Lavender Lemonade or an Orange Vesper mocktail with white grape juice, orange bitters, mint, and CBD soda.
Monarch and the Milkweed
Burlington, Vermont’s high-end coffee and cocktail shop also serves pastries and candy confections infused with CBD. The Little Chocolate Smoke Toke contains dark chocolate, cinnamon, smoked pecan praline, and 50 milligrams of CBD oil. Other treats on offer include the Evergreen Buddy (with pine needle fondant), the HazelBonBon (with hazelnuts), and a peanut butter chocolate heart. CBD-infused simple syrup sweeteners are sold here as well.
Pizza City Italian Restaurant
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the restaurant serves pasta, calzones, stromboli, and other Italian-American favorites. Customers who order a pizza can choose a marinara sauce with a special CBD infusion.
Not officially a restaurant, the Los Angeles catering service by Chef Chris Yang offers pop-up dining experiences. Before his culinary days, Chef Chris was an organic chemist. He brings his biochemistry knowledge of the cannabis plant to his cooking, crafting food that contains CBD and may also contain THC, as is legal in the state of California.
Spinelli’s Pizzeria is located in Tempe, Arizona. Customers can request CBD oil to be added to their pizza orders. Any item on this Philly-style pizza restaurant’s menu can be ordered with CBD added, from salads and stromboli to the cheesesteak sandwich.
The James New York Nomad Hotel
The luxury hotel on East 29th St. in midtown New York City offers a CBD-infused salad on its in-room dining menu. Its butter lettuce salad is made with 20 milligrams of CBD oil. Other choices that contain CBD oil include the olive tapenade duo served with bread crisps, the ice cream sundae with caramel, and the spicy meatballs.
The Lobby Bar (Ace Hotel New York)
This Flatiron, Midtown West hotel bar shares its kitchen with The Breslin, also located inside the Ace Hotel. Lobby food options focus on breakfast, dessert treats, and sandwiches. CBD food on the Lobby Bar menu includes the rich chocolate brownie and the Rosebud cocktail.
The Mint Cafe
The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona, is one of the U.S.’s largest dispensaries. Its café offers a wide selection of favorites, from burgers and cheese fries to salads and pizza. Vegetarians can order their pizza with veggie sausage and/or veggie pepperoni. All of the Mint Café’s items can be ordered with either CBD or THC added, with infusions of up to 25 milligrams per menu item.
Waterbury, Vermont, is home to this laid-back bar and grill. Its family-friendly dining area, a large selection of beers, and a farm-to-table menu are a favorite in the hometown of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Some of its salad dressings and cocktail sauces contain CBD, including the chili-flavored syrup that goes into its Up In Smoke cocktail.
The Bottom Line
None of these American restaurants are, as of yet, as ubiquitous as the typical American fast-food chain, popping up on a corner on Main Street in every city and town. Still, a growing number of restaurants recognize that there’s a taste for CBD-infused foods, and someday these menu items may be much more common.