10 Best Late-Night Eats in Los Angeles
If there is a city where compiling a list of the 10 Best Late-Night Eats is more impossible than L.A., remind us never to apply for a job there. Ever. Yet this city's geographic restaurant breadth, cuisine diversity and price democracy is the very reason why we love getting the midnight munchies in L.A.
While we've made a concerted effort to avoid restaurant age, cuisine or neighborhood discrimination below, that also means some of your favorites won't be on this list (Lucques, Pink's, Robata Jinya?). We feel confident the pie-in-the-face commentary is about to begin. It's a good thing we really *do* love lemon meringue -- even more so at midnight. Get our favorite burning-the-midnight-oil picks after the jump.
Spicy Pork Taco at Kogi
Sure, the L.A. food truck as culinary game-changer is tepid news. And by now, the gourmet taco truck overload has sent several of those with mobile kimchi quesadilla dreams back to their home kitchens to wait for the next trend (Segway espresso stands? Bicycle cheese carts?). And then there's Kogi. We could say (yet again) something about igniting the chef truck scene, or about the sheer fun of following a food truck via Twitter like you're on a late-night chase for Korean pork rib tacos on the lam. But really, we're all just here for the killer tacos. Location and truck hours vary, see the Kogi website or Twitter feed for the evening schedule.
Pacific Dining Car's Homage to Steak
9. Pacific Dining Car:
If it's medium rare you're after, finding the appropriate dry-aged rib-eye crowd late at night is essential -- there's nothing like a table of vodka-and-Red-Bull-fueled undergrads to turn a leisurely late-night meal into a sudden eat-and-run agenda. Turning on the old-school charm at an L.A. classic like Pacific Dining Car is always a solid call, especially as the late-night menu (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) significantly lowers the average steak Diane and filet mignon price per person. The recent menu updates -- don't worry, the classics like brioche French toast and eggs Benedict aren't going anywhere -- means we're hoping for a few more midnight veggies in the future. 1310 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles; (213) 483-6000; 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 453-4000. Open 24/7.
Reuben at Canter's
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8. Canter's Deli:
Were Langer's open even until 6 p.m., we'd be tempted to make a pastrami exception to our definition of late night. But for those midnight moments when satisfaction is about so much more than what's on the plate, we head to Canter's. There's something about lounging over a Reuben in the Kibitz Room bar adjacent to the main dining room, listening to a band we've never heard of (and at that hour, can't be certain we really like), and wondering if they might be the next Black Crowes. The final rock/jazz/pop set bacon bonus here: It's always time for breakfast. 419 N Fairfax Ave.; (323) 651-2030. Open 24/7.
Sure, we all have a French toast opinion on whether the "new" Du-Par's menu or the original is better. Rather than quibble, we prefer to think of it as a fresh coat of culinary paint of historic preservation proportions. Breathing new life into a beloved but weather-beaten coffee shop keeps that pot pie and Welsh rarebit alive. And sure, that corned beef hash recipe is slightly different under the helm of a Wolfgang Puck-trained chef, but we have a feeling the National Trust for Historic (Culinary?) Preservation would approve. 6333 W. Third St., L.A., (323) 933-8446; 12036 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 766-4437. Both locations are open 24/7.
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