Los Angeles might be an earlier town than, say, New York, but that doesn’t mean you can’t burn the midnight oil on the West Coast. While many operations shut it down in accordance with a healthy, well-rested lifestyle, there are those few outfits dedicated to indulging the side of you that doesn’t much care for 8 a.m. brunches and hikes up Runyon Canyon. More power to you. Herewith, your guide to grabbing a bite on the late night.
Don’t be deterred from its windowless, stuccoed exterior. Or that it’s in a nondescript parking lot that also houses a grocery store. This Burbank—yes, Burbank—restaurant is a delightful throwback with even more delightful fried chicken sandwiches. Grab some friends, squeeze into a red vinyl banquette, and bask in the room’s neon glow. Crawford’s Pass is open until midnight throughout the week, and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
259 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
English translation: Charcoal Grill House Enjoyment. Aburiya Raku is a Japanese spot in West Hollywood that’s cornered the market on umami. Meaty dishes steal the show here, as its name might suggest, but even the tofu stuff is a delight. The food is rich and unapologetically tasty, with highlights like the grilled rice ball, poached egg with sea urchin and salmon roe, and deep-fried chicken. It’s open until midnight every night.
521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Not to be mistaken for Joan’s on Third. No, Jones Hollywood is a restaurant/bar mainstay, a place you hope becomes your very own Cheers. Tuck yourself into a corner any time before 2 a.m. and you’ll be treated with mood lighting, people watching, and pretty damn good food. Oh, and, yeah, order the apple pie.
7205 California State Route 2, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Late night or otherwise, a trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without a stop to Canter’s. The 24-hour Fairfax deli is a no-frills kind of joint, where the decor is as consistent as the recipes. On rainy nights, grab a bowl of a matzo ball soup or a pastrami sandwich. Actually, scratch that. Order these any night, for any reason. They’re delicious.
419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Only in Los Angeles can you get pub fare that promises to serve free-range, non-GMO, certified humane meat and poultry. That’s what you’ll get at The Pikey. The veggies here get similar treatment (local and organic), and the pasta is made fresh daily. And you thought you were just coming in here for a pint. Stay here until last call, then come back in the morning for their English breakfast. They’re open until 2 a.m.
7617 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
So it’s not exactly grabbing a sloppy slice while you stumble around Nolita in New York City, but 800 Degrees will certainly treat you right until 2 a.m., albeit in a more civilized manner. The crust here is crispy and blackened, the toppings divine. Pick one of their creations or whip up your own.
120 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90401
101 Coffee Shop
Just call it Cafe 101. This throwback coffee shop has long been the spot where you spill into a brown leather booth and waste away some unknown hour with friends and strangers. Breakfast is served all day, which means you can order some scrambled eggs and a beer until 3 in the morning. Not that you would, but you could.
6145 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
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