The Cheba Hut recently rolled into Fort Collins and began
selling what it considers the best dank in town. It sells it all,
nugs, pinners and blunts. And yes, it is perfectly legal.
This is not an underground drug business but a “toasted” sub
sandwich joint that is very committed to one thing: marijuana.
Although fairly new, this restaurant, located on the northeast
corner of College Avenue and Laurel Street, is already kind of busy
and cannabisy. Its many fans, which keep the restaurant
well-circulated for various reasons, are cleverly shaped like
cannabis plants and near the entrance is a gigantic inflated joint.
Posters of stars that would presumably consider the Cheba Hut a
favorite, such as Cheech, Chong, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and
John Belushi, cover the walls.
The environment is rather relaxing and subdued. With classic
rock hits playing in the background and an old-school Nintendo
arcade game waiting for your quarters, the Cheba Hut has more than
just food. It also has quality entertainment that appeals to
straight-edges who come for the food and the stoners who come for
the experience as a whole.
The Hut offers 25 different oven-fresh sandwiches that all have
names that reefer, whoops … refer, to THC. Some examples: the
Cronic (BBQ Beef), Endo (Reuben) and Hydro (Egg Plant). These
sandwiches come in small, medium and large but are amusingly
labeled Nugs (4″), Pinners (8″) and Blunts (12″).
The Jamaican Red Blunt, a spicy grilled chicken breast with
green bell peppers, jalapenos, black olives and cheddar cheese, is
particularly delectable because of the spiced chicken that tastes
similar to fire-hot wings. It will light you up! Yah mon. According
to Manager Stan Dobbs, who has worked at all three locations (the
other two are in Arizona), Jamaican Red is the shop’s most popular
In addition to the main meal, the Hut has soups like White
Rhino, a cream of broccoli soup with diced portabellas that give a
nice kick. It also has munchies like hemp brownies with sprinkled
ground hemp seeds, which add a sunflower seed-like taste. One
caveat: the prepackaged miniscule Oreo cheesecake could not even
satisfy scavengers who like schwag. (The Cheba Hut does not sell
schwag, a.k.a. a bologna sandwich. It’s out of stock.)
The staff at the Cheba Hut is enjoyable. Its members are the
type you would expect to be served by at such a shop: tranquil and
chill. Service might be a bit sluggish, not because of slacking
employees, but because of some customers who can’t seem to
concentrate and make up their minds.
The sandwiches compare to other sub shops around town. But the
Hut’s subs somehow taste better than most, which Dobbs takes pride
“The food brings people back,” he said. “If it was just the
theme and the atmosphere, it wouldn’t bring people back twice.”
It’s high time you check this joint out. Don’t be skeptical,
it’s not a drag, though you wish it might be.