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Snack attack: Where to eat when you have the munchies

While you’re still on a high from the constitutional court’s decision to legalise the smoking of weed in private, check out this list we compiled, sorted by craving, of all the spots you said defeat the munchies.

Fast food

Afro’s Chicken Shop (Durban and Cape Town)
– suggested by Reece Gounden

Cravings begging for something savoury? Afro’s Chicken Shop is the choice for you. Though famous for their succulent chicken burgers, Afro’s Chicken has a diverse menu that offers a variety of chicken options. These include strips, wraps, and salads. Have with chilli, lemon or 50/50 sauce, plus either chips or coleslaw.

A platter at Afro’s Chicken. Photo supplied.

Spikes Burgers and Fries (Brackenfell)
– suggested by @saschaleea

There’s no hunger a juicy beef (or chicken) burger from Spikes Burgers and Fries can’t fix. The menu is made up of a four-step process where you choose beef or chicken, add toppings, pick from a selection of free sauces and then add a side of hand cut double-cooked fries with chip sprinkle.

Ice cream

The Creamery SA (Newlands Café, Mouille Point Café, Palmyra Junction Café)

The Creamery’s ice cream is exactly what you need to cancel out the hunger pangs. Go classic with options like peanut butter, sea salt caramel, 65% chocolate and Rosetta Roastery coffee. Alternatively, if you’re still on a high and feeling a bit adventurous, try the selection of seasonal flavours.

Mint choc chip ice cream at The Creamery. Photo supplied.

Moro Gelato (Long Street)

Ice cream is always a good idea, but it’s even better when the cravings hit. Moro Gelato’s wide selection of freshly made, natural and seasonal gelato flavours will have you feeling like you’re in ice-cream heaven. Choose from a variety of nut-based, fruit-based and chocolate-based options like the pistachio, cioccolato and mango flavours.

 

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Unframed (V&A Waterfront, City Bowl)

Unframed’s artisanal ice creams come in dairy-based, fruit-based and nut-based vegan options that can be paired with a variety of toppings and flavours. Whenever you drop in, you’ll find at least two sorbets and three vegan flavours at all times.

Ice cream from Unframed. Photo supplied.

Pizza

Andiccios (Johannesburg)
– suggested by Mokgadi Itsweng

Andiccio has countless franchises in and around Johannesburg, ensuring you’re spoilt for choice 24 hours a day. Their free delivery service makes sure you can order safely and in any state from the comfort of your own home. Make up your own pizza with exactly what you’re craving: Options include a variety of regular pizza bases, banting and health pizza bases, as well as a long list of meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian toppings to choose from. Plus, Mokgadi highly recommends dessert: “Their double chocolate cupcakes are the only cure for hectic munchies!”

Bocca (Cape Town)

Bocca serves a diverse selection of Italian-inspired food, but the Neapolitan pizzas from the hand-built pizza oven are definitely the way to go. Choose to have your pizza made the normal way with a tomato base, or go bianco (also known as bianca) – that means toppings are placed directly on the base, with no tomatoes involved.

Pizza prepared and served at Bocca. Photo supplied.

Coalition Pizza (Parkwood, Rosebank)
– suggested by Marc Proenca

Pizza lovers can choose between five classic pizzas or four pizza biancos with no tomato. Both sections of the menu offer at least one vegetarian option. The Sileshi from the classic section comprises mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese, onions and rockets; while the bianca Juliani has grilled zucchini, pesto, mushrooms, wild rockets and chilli. The rest of the pizzas have meat toppings for all the meat lovers.

NY Slice Pizza (Kloof, Claremont, Sea Point, Stellenbosch and Bloemfontein)
– suggested by Bianca Kalil

NY Slice is a crowd favourite and is perfect for when hunger strikes. Choose between a slice or a whole pizza. (You’ll probably be back for a whole one if you just go for the slice, though! As Bianca says, there’s “nothing like a giant slice of pizza – or five – when the munchies monster hits”.) The four options on the menu are perfectly simple, providing minimum distractions so you can quickly handle your cravings. These options include the Manhattan, pepperoni, Queens and Buffalo chicken flavours. NY Slice closes between 12am and 3am on weekends, depending on the location, meaning it truly is the ideal spot for early-morning hunger pangs.

 

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Something a little different

Urbanologi (Johannesburg)
– suggested by Praneet Magan and Mayuri Pilay

If you’re the rare type who prefers fancier food for those munchie moments, Urbanologi in Johannesburg is the perfect place for you. The food is made using the highest quality of fresh Asian and local ingredients, and the menu is broken down into six categories separated according to different cooking methods. You can have your food raw, cured, steamed, fried or cooked using a wood fired kushiyaki. There are also countless vegetarian and vegan options in most of the categories. As for her order, Mayuri says “deep-fried potatoes and seaweed emulsion”. She had us at deep-fried.

Dessert at Urbanologi. Photo supplied.

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