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Late Night (a twist on the usual question)

The usual way to ask this question is: what's a good spot for late night eats?

But I have something slightly different in mind. I want to create a kind of decision tree for late night dining based on the best few places open at that hour.

So what are the three or four best Bay Area places open during the following time slots?

10:00 - 11:00 PM
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 - 1:00 AM
1:00 - 2:00 AM
2:00 - 6:00 AM

Obviously, different folks will construe the meaning of "best" differently--the best by an absolute standard, the best that fits their idea of "late night" grub, the best in an area they're willing to travel to late at night, etc.

So do you love Grubstake? Luka's? Is there great pho in the Mission at 3 AM? Is there a burger in San Jose worth a late night flat on 880?

Don't be shy with the responses. What's being solicited is not necessarily the latest discovery (though that's welcome), but more of a collective brain dump.

Thanks,
G

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  1. I'll kick things off.

    10:00 - 11:00 PM

    Cesar in Berkeley. Excellent tapas until 11. (11:30 Friday/Saturday)

    Little Star Pizza on Divisadero. Solid deep dish until 11 on Friday and Saturday. Not sure about the crowd level.

    Shalimar on Jones. Favorite Pakistani at this hour. 11:30 PM every day.

    Taqueria San Jose at Mission and 24th. Been once and was impressed. 11:00 PM every day.

    11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    Fonda in Albany (Solano). Excellent wings starting at 9 PM and going till 12:30 AM.

    Luka's Taproom in Oakland. Haven't been, but friends love it. Small menu till 12 AM. Any opinions?

    12:00 - 1:00 AM

    Original Joe's. Every day till 1:30 AM. Don't forget there's one in San Jose (same hours).

    1:00 - 2:00 AM

    Top Dog in Berkeley (Durant). Love it or hate it... It's open till 2 AM every day and 3 AM Friday/Saturday.

    2:00 - 6:00 AM

    Daimo in Richmond. Amazing in my opinion. Open till 3 AM. (Unlike many late night Chinese places, their quality doesn't diminish by much at the later hours.)

    Grubstake on Pine. Never been. Open till 4 AM. Fill me in.

    G

    1 Reply
    1. re: Gerard

      I love Luka's, but one caveat - if you are trying for a late night bite on the weekends, there is often a cover charge.

    2. Thai House Express (SF, the one at Geary and Larkin) is open until 1 am on Sunday through Thursday and until 2 on Friday and Saturday.

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      1. re: Joan Kureczka

        The Castro location is open until 12 or 1am too. It's been a lifesaver late at night!

      2. Second the vote for Daimo. After my guy got back from a hellish biz trip to Texas, I took him there for late chow. Almost a magical revivifying effect. "Look, honey, they serve *vegetables*".

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        1. re: Louise

          LOL! I know how he feels. I always feel like I'm going to get scurvy when I travel outside the Bay Area. Sure restaurants in other parts of the country have vegetables, but how many of them serve either the quality or the variety you find in Bay Area restaurants?

        2. Daimo's great. That's my usual late-night choice if I've got the energy to schlep there.

          I don't think Original Joe's in SF is open till 1:30am. Its Web site says 12:30am. Other sources say midnight.

          The one in San Jose has only an historical connection. Different hours and slightly different menu.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks for the correction. I've only ever been to the SF location and had been told the SJ was the same.

            G

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Thanks for the links. If it wasn't clear, I didn't doubt that the two were different.

                G

          2. Little Star Pizza on Divisadero and Zachary's in Berkeley are the best pizza in the bay area. period.

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            1. re: sfchowhound

              Zachary's Chicago-style pizza is not in the same league with Little Star's. Little Chicago also makes a good one (Berkeley, delivery / takeout only, 527-8789).