Hunger can strike when you least expect it and it’s the worst when it hits in the middle of the night. Maybe you were working late, then rushed to the gym and by the time you got home it was close to midnight and your stomach wasn’t going to let you go to sleep without filling it up! Whatever the reason that you find yourself starving after most restaurants have closed, you shouldn’t go to bed hungry. Instead, you should head out to one of these great Los Angeles restaurants and fill your bellies.
Pacific Dining Car
Sometimes, you need a meal of epic proportions even thought it’s 2am. Sure, you might be so tired that you won’t even remember eating that filet mignon, but you’ll really enjoy it before you don’t. If you don’t feel like spending so much, both locations, open 24 hours and covering your munchie needs from the western to the eastern end of Wilshire, have a special 11 p.m.-4 a.m. menu that offers cheaper items like burgers, sandwiches and eggs.
Situated in the city’s Fairfax District, this 24-hour deli is the ideal place to come after a concert in Hollywood or on The Strip. You are more than likely to find a fellow traveler among Canter’s denizens and can check out a band or have a drink in the Kibbitz Room if you get there before last call and we’ve never left the Kibbitz Room in the right state of mind, just sayin’. There’s also an adjacent take-out bakery in case you want to grab and go.
The Original Pantry Cafe
Proudly proclaiming on its front door that it has never closed since first opening its doors in 1924, you can at least be sure that this downtown restaurant owned by former Mayor Richard Riordan will be open. Aside from its constant reliability, The Pantry just knows how to do artery-clogging greasy spoon fare right. Before you’ve even ordered anything, they also bring out what are quite possibly the largest slices of sourdough bread in the city, which are sure to fill up the void in your stomach.
This is a good place for eating if you’re starving in the east Hollywood or Silver Lake section of Los Angeles. Fred 62, open at all hours of the night, offers typical breakfast and sandwich fare, but its appeal more lies with its classic coffee shop decor, clientele attempting to out-hipster each other, and the wait staff’s jokey T-shirts that will have you in the throes of the laughter from the moment you sit down.
The quality of Pink’s hot dogs are a fiercely debated topic in the city, but there might not be a more perfect meal to satiate your hunger pains! Sure, even at one in the morning, this hot dog stand has one of the longest lines in the city, but that’s part of the place’s charm, providing the perfect opportunity to gawk at club kids or just stare into space.
While the food can be a little pricey, the fact that Bossa Nova stays open until 4 a.m. and delivers makes it very user-friendly. You can call them on your way home from the movies and get there just in time to pay. How’s that for perfect timing? Specializing in Brazilian cuisine, Bossa Nova also has the most eclectic and extensive menu of any restaurant on our list. Where else can you find swordfish skewers at two in the morning?