7 Things You Need To Know About LA's New Cannabis Cafe
Wander the streets of West Hollywood and eventually you’ll see a line of people wrapped around the block. No, they’re not hoping to get into the hippest A-list celebrity club; they’re here to experience America’s first-ever cannabis restaurant, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe. With its laid-back California vibe, the café blends an extensive menu of ganja with farm-to-table comfort food and cannabis-infused drinks. Sounds pretty interesting, right?
We booked a table for tokes to see what all the hubbub was about and walked away a lot happier than when we first arrived. And we were in good company.
As patrons enter the café, they’re welcomed into an intimate setting with Spanish-style tiles, rustic wood tables, and ivy-strewn walls. With dim lighting and soft music playing, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The space is actually a renovated German biergarten, but at press time beer and booze were not permitted. Neither are children and teens. The restaurant is for 21-plus only.
Once seated, guests receive two menus: one for the food and one for the weed. Next they are greeted by an iPad-wielding flower host, who acts as a sort of ganja-melier, answering questions about the cannabis menu and making suggestions. A wide range of choices include pre-rolls, dabs, and vapes. Flower options go from $55 to $75 for an eighth ounce, while a gram of live rosin is as much as $135. Customers can also bring their own weed for a small “tokage” fee. As an added bonus, patrons can bring whatever they do not finish home with them.
At Lowell Cafe, you’ll find cannabis and food, but not cannabis in the food -- due to state regulations. The marijuana is there to complement the grub and vice versa. With this in mind, chef Andrea Drummer offers an eclectic menu that’s perfect for the munchies. Items include a smash burger, a banh mi with succulent pork, and “Seriously Better Than Vegan” nachos (which don’t seem like they should be good for you).
The weed orders arrive prior to the food, which helps prepare your palate before chowing down. All cannabis is served on a silver tray set in the middle of the table to be used as an ashtray or a joint holder. Customers can rent water bongs for an extra $30.
Lowell Cafe has a bar plopped right in the middle of it, perfect for people watching as you take in the sights, sounds, and smells. It’s currently stocked with cannabis-infused drinks, but the café doesn’t expect to be booze-free forever; it’s hoping to get its beer and wine license sometime in 2020.
Smoking in restaurants isn’t just frowned upon in L.A. -- it’s illegal. But that’s one more reason why Lowell Cafe is a rare sight: People can puff indoors (they’re not cigarettes, after all), and a state-of-the-art ventilation system filters the smoke, like the ones used in Las Vegas casinos. But visitors can escape to the outside if they’d like, where a quaint, cozy patio awaits. And anyway, who wouldn’t want to sit outdoors baking and basking in the California weather?