This week, we’ve come up with a list for the night owls, midnight ramblers and closing shift crowd. Here are the best late night bites around.
One word: chivito (an epic Uruguayan sandwich packed with filet mignon, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, hardboiled egg, green olives, pancetta and more). Two more words: papas champignon (crisp golden fries with white wine mushroom sauce). Three more words: go there now.
Open Monday – Thursday from 11 am to midnight, Friday from 11am. to 5am, Saturday from 12 pm to 5am, Sunday from 5pm to 10pm.
Pick your crust, sauce, cheese and toppings, then walk to the end of the counter and your personal pizza is done a few minutes later. Plus, there’s beer and wine. What’s not to love?
Open Sunday -Wednesday from 11am to 10pm, Thursday 11am to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 3:30am.
Of course, the hot dogs are good, and so are the fries. But now there are blue ribbon burgers, too. Go for the Mexican-minded half-pound, hickory-smoked Spicy, which is crowned with pico de gallo, guacamole, hot sauce, matchsticked tortillas, Monterey Jack and cilantro lime sauce.
Open Monday – Thursday from 11am to 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 2:30am, Sunday from 11:30am to 8:30pm.
It’s never too late (or too early for that matter) for a few Gin Blossoms cocktails, an order of pepperoni sauce and a Jersey Shore pizza. Plus an order of zeppole–if you want to really go on a carb binge.
Open Mon.–Tues. 11:30am to 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm), Wed.–Sat. 11:30pm to midnight (kitchen closes at 11, but pizzas are available until close), Sun. 11:30am to 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Ben’s Chili Bowl
This U Street standard bearer is like a booty call with the ex. You don’t always feel good about it afterwards, but you get drunk and do it anyway. Forget the regrets, D.C.’s classic half-smoke is an irresistible late night proposition.
Open Monday – Thursday 6am to 2am, Friday 6am to 4am, Saturday from 7am to 4am, Sunday from 11am to midnight.
Got the midnight munchies? Zone in on the pizzas here, especially the rolled version stuffed with avocado, broccolini, tomatoes and chicken chunks.
Open Mon.–Sun. 4pm to 2am
Choose your proteins – we’re big fans of the kalbi beef rib and spicy pork belly – and gather round the BBQ table. Everyone can griddle their meats to their liking – so no more arguments over rare versus medium.
Open 24-hours a day, except 2am to 10am on Mondays
It’s always a good time for doughnuts, especially the ones that Tiffany MacIsaac makes. Our favorites include the bourbon-butterscotch and the Key lime.
Open Mon. 8am to 2pm, Tuesday – Thursday from 8am to 2pm and 4pm to 2 am, Friday from 8am to 2pm and 4pm to 3am, Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 3am, Sunday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 2am.
Osman & Joe’s Steak & Egg Kitchen
This classic diner features a sprawling all-day, all-night menu so you can have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast. Burgers are a good bet, especially the bacon, ham, egg and cheese topped double patty Brazilian.
Open 24-hours a day.
Need a fry fix? Head here for a passel of perfectly golden frites with a malt vinegar aioli. While you’re there, you might as well get the peach bourbon-glazed brisket and duck tacos, too.
Open Tuesday – Thursday frp, 4 to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1am.
Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.