Late Night Dining in Los Angeles

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You and your buddies go to grab a few drinks at Happy Hour straight from work, but what was supposed to be a few casual beers has escalated into a whole night out. Midnight has now passed and your decision to skip dinner has caught up with you.  The question now is where can I get a decent bite to eat?  Luckily, we live in a city that is full of culinary diversity, and that means options.  There are so many different options; frankly, it will make your head spin!  You could go for some artery-clogging street food, a full breakfast spread with everything from pancakes to eggs Benedict, or you can even find some ritzy-elegant dining options. No matter where you are in the city, there are some great late night eats that are sure to satisfy your hunger!

 

Bossa Nova

 

This West Hollywood establishment has been serving up traditional Brazilian fare to late night diners since it’s opening in 1993. Open until 4:00am on the weekends, Bossa Nova is the perfect spot for the late-nighters whose stomachs never sleep. Upon entering this funky establishment, you feel as though you have been transported to a chic Brazilian jungle cafe. The walls are painted with vibrant colors that are a wonderful contrast to the dim intimate lighting. If you are more partial to outdoor seating, Bossa Nova has a wonderful lively patio and a more relaxing backyard. The front patio sits on the street and allows for some very interesting people watching on Sunset Blvd.; while the backyard is more warm and romantic -- the perfect setting for a date or more personal rendezvous. With a menu that ranges from succulent and juicy Coulotte Steak with Fried Plantains to Marinated Lamb Skewers, and even healthy vegetarian options, Bossa Nova aims to please every type of diner. And with its large intriguing drink menu you can continue your party well into the night!

 

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

 

Sometimes late at night you prefer something laid back and simple as opposed to something elegant and upscale; that is where Roscoe’s steps in. Chicken and Waffles is a classic southern comfort dish and Roscoe’s has perfected it. This old school establishment has been a Los Angeles staple for years, serving up heaping portions of crispy fried chicken and sweet fluffy waffles since 1976. They also have some soulful and delicious sides ranging from fried chicken livers to collard greens to buttery cornbread that are fitting companions to your late night chicken binge. With over 20 different combinations of chicken and waffles, you are sure to find something to please your palate and the prices will be sure to please your wallet as well. Roscoe’s has a very casual feel that is coupled with home-style cooking for a great overall experience. The staff is very welcoming and really adds to the hospitable homelike feeling you get when you walk in to their simple dining room. Roscoe’s is open until 2:00am on Friday, 4:00am on Saturday, and 12:00am the rest of the week. Don’t forget to eat the chicken and waffles together smothered in syrup or homemade gravy!

 

25 Degrees

 

A very dapper lounge that serves up delicious and flavorful food all night long – 25 Degrees uses fresh local ingredients to create delectable gourmet burgers on house-made buns. You have the option of choosing from the Number 1, 2, or 3 Burger, or creating your own from the vast menu of burger toppings that includes over 10 different types of artisanal cheese and anything from prosciutto to a fried egg, plus a slew of specialty sauces. The fry choices are regular, sweet potato, onion rings, or fifty-fifty, and they are all phenomenal! If you have a sweet tooth, 25 Degrees has some amazingly unique desserts and shake options with their most desired being the Guinness Milkshake. So the next time you have that late night hankering for a burger, go and enjoy the food and vibe at 25 Degrees.

 

Sanamluang Cafe

 

This is the place to go for traditional Thai food no matter what time of day it is, and the fact that they are open until 4:00am makes it possible! Sanamluang is a very casual hole-in-the-wall establishment with friendly service and delicious food. Their most popular dish is the Sanamluang Noodle Bowl loaded with your choice of noodle and veggies, drenched in their delicious spicy house broth. Other popular dishes include the Pad Kee Mow, Roast Duck Soup, and the Larb Salad, which is loaded with fresh vibrant herbs and delectable minced pork. With fast service, reasonable prices, and mouthwatering food, Sanamluang is a favorite of the late-night crowd.

 

Pete’s Cafe and Bar

 

A cool artsy bar that has some of the most  nonpareil late night food and drinks in Downtown, Pete’s is the epitome of a Downtown district find. The large floor-to-ceiling windows provide a great view of the bustling downtown nightlife scene and the interior is reminiscent of the early 1900’s, with a beautiful mahogany entrance and mosaic tiled floor. The late night menu at Pete’s is truly unique: Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Fries, Mac ‘n’ Cheese with tarragon and goat cheese, Crispy Oyster Spoons with green apple tartar and wasabi caviar are just some of the delicious kicked-up versions of bar food they serve every night until 2:00am. If you crave extraordinary cocktails, Pete’s will be sure to quench your thirst with some very interesting takes on modern drinks like the Pepperoncini Martini, which is evocative of a Bloody Mary. Elegant and delectable, Pete’s is a great place to relax and enjoy some superb eats. 

 

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