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
1310 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-6000

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 menu that offers cheaper items like burgers, sandwiches and eggs.

Canter’s Deli
419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 651-2030

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
877 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279

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.

Fred 62
1850 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062

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.

Pink’s Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 931-7594

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.

Bossa Nova
10982 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 441-0404

The fact that Bossa Nova stays open until 4am on Thursdays thru Saturdays and 3:30am Sunday thru Wednesdays and delivers delicious food makes it a popular spot. 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?

(credit: In-N-Out)

(credit: In-N-Out)

7009 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(800) 786-1000

Alright, it’s only open till 1am in most places, but that’s still pretty late. And, it’s more than worth it to rush over at 12:55am to make it just in time to get a Double Double Animal Style with Animal Style fries and a malt. There’s nothing quite like it. Really.