The Ten: Best Late Night Bites

Graffiato colorbox_largeSo many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

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.

H &pizza
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.

Bold Bites
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

Honey Pig
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.

  • Foodlover

    Way to take the credit from fast gourmet. Looks like the fastgourmet guys are not your friends. Even thought the times ive been to takeateasy its been dead there, contrary to fast gourmet that is always busy. I think fast gourmet deserves to be in your list, they have a way cooler concept, faster, and way more delish!!

  • gerrilla75

    Bub and pops on M street is great!! they are open late. POSSIBLE ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE SPOTS! Million times better than Takeateasy, And a way better name for that matter. I don’t think Takeatesy should be on the list. They are slow, salty, and is that place has no personality. And It seems like they want to catch on the fame from the a Chivito which is being copied all over DC. they need to create something different other than trying to make their fame on another success.

    I just don’t see how you can put a place like Takeatseasy in this list being that is not that good, and the times that I went it was empty and slow. I always look at your Articles and see you always praise them, I think this can affect your credibility as a food critic/writer as really is not that good. I think you missed some serious, well known, delicious places. Like Bub and Pops and of course the legendary Fast Gourmet. This two to me are in the top 10 and the crowds show it as well!

    • Katie L

      I went to takeatasy and had their pan tumaca, OMG it was so salty it was crazy I could not eat it. I might give them another chance but that was just a disgusting experience.

      Bub and Pops is great and they have great service, something takeateasy lacks.

      • gerrilla75

        Yes! I had the Pan tumaca and the fries with the white sauce, it was just crazy salty, but the worst part of that was that it took like 45 min to get the food, plus the service was terrible. I know they are kinda new, but still is not that good to be on this list.

        Narvin are you really good friends with them?? just does nott make sense why they are in this list.